Easter Vibes in the City
April is alive this Easter weekend in the wonderful city of the tribes. From hard rock to soul, funk and jazz, the live music scene is hopping like the bunny. Here, we have the low down on the best of Galway’s live entertainment this Friday, April 7th.
In Monroe’s Tavern, you can enjoy West Sessions Trad Music from 4:30pm, while Monroe’s Live will host the Hard Rock Collective later in the evening. At the Quays Music Hall, The Lewd Tunes will perform live from 11:30pm, and in The Skeff Late Bar, Simplicity will take the stage at 10pm. Meanwhile, over at Róisín Dubh, you can join the Club GASS drag queens from 8:30pm, while Red Tape will bring hard rock to the Kings Head from 11pm. An Taibhdhearc presents Síomha, a neo-soul/folk/jazz artist with a unique sound and powerful voice, while it’s the last day to discover the wealth of young talent at Trading Faces Stage School extravaganza at the Town Hall Theatre.
4:30pm: West Sessions Trad Music
This cosy venue on the corner of Dominick Street comes alive to the sound of traditional Irish music every Friday afternoon from 4:30pm. As the music spills out on to the streets, the beat of the bodhran echoes the call of the fiddles and the strum of guitars as the West Sessions celebrates the very best of Irish culture and song. And you never know who will take their seat at the session, from the world renowned Sharon Shannon to the venue’s very own Gary Monroe.
The Hard Rock Collective to Bring Rousing Grunge, Rock and Metal to Monroe’s Live
Grunge, rock and metal fans will enjoy a blistering live show from the Hard Rock Collective at Monroe’s Live on Friday, April 7th. From Led Zeppelin to Linkin Park, Nivana, Pearl Jam, Sound Temple Pilots, Slayer and Metallica, it will be a raucous night of loud, blazing anthems from the Newry based tribute band.
Born out of a passion for hard, heavy music, the group came together over seven years ago thanks to an idea sparked as part of best man duties. With Patrick Campbell on bass and vocals, Gary Short on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Paddy O’Hare on lead guitar and Tomás Gray on drums, the Hard Rock Collective formed initially to perform as a surprise for their close friend to celebrate his upcoming wedding.
Such was the enthusiastic response to their sound, they embarked on a new journey, bringing together their diverse range of influences. Since then, they’ve played at prestigious venues across the country, including the Belfast Empire Music Hall. Their high energy live show is a veritable rock rollercoaster and testament to their dedication to the spectrum of hard and heavy music.
Tickets to The Hard Rock Collective at Monroe’s Live on Friday, April 7th cost €10 and are available from www.monroes.ie.
The Quays Music Hall
11:30pm: Live Music with The Lewd Tunes
From Harry Styles to George Ezra, The Jackson Five to Journey, Galway based band The Lewd Tunes have you covered this Friday night at the Quays Music Hall. This award winning seven- piece band have gained recognition as the Mrs2Be Wedding Band of the Year. With the aim to keep you on the dancefloor all night long, they are guaranteed to have you on your feet as they deliver classic songs and anthems with dynamism and energy. The Lewd Tunes have a solid reputation on the music circuit for their talent and ability to entertain. Don’t miss your chance to catch The Lewd Tunes at the Quays Music Hall this Friday.
The Skeff Late Bar
Comprising of Chloe Reilly, Eoghan O’Shea and Thomas Ryan, Simplicity are a 3-piece cover band based in the west of Ireland. Specialising in many genres of music, including folk, trad, ballad, pop, rock and funk with some jazz thrown in for good measure, these talented musicians come from a variety of musical backgrounds. As a result, they can perform a myriad of styles, inspiring and influencing each other with their diverse range of influences. Afterwards, join DJ Dave G until late.
8:30pm: Club GASS
Club Gass is back for Galway’s favourite drag club night. Join Kiki and the Galway queens as they tear up the Róisín Dubh stage with their striking diva performances and spectacular hijinks. Resident DJ John joins the queens on stage while upstairs, dance it out together with DJ Lil’ Monica from 10pm.
The Kings Head
11pm: Red Tape
Red Tape will rock the King’s Head this Friday, April 7th with their rousing, raw and edgy take on classic covers and anthems. It’s set to be a night of hard rock to the best beats, as Red Tape power through the ultimate setlist to ensure you will be on your feet and dancing. Described as Galway’s rockiest, funkiest and ‘poppiest’ band, this driving four-piece will entertain the night through at the historic King’s Head in the heart of Galway city.
7:30pm: The Black Gate Presents Síomha
Treading the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul, Síomha has produced a stunning debut album entitled ‘Infinite Space’ to critical acclaim. The collection of songs, in both the Irish and English language, allow her audience to connect with her on an emotional level.
Having toured with Paul Brady, Wyvern Lingo, Moxie, Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck) and Notify, Síomha is garnering a strong following at home and abroad. Steeped in a strong family tradition of music, she began playing the guitar at the age of ten, before a chance encounter with an Italian gypsy inspired her to discover the manouche gypsy style jazz.
Síomha is an artist full of heart and her music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates.
Always proud of her Irish heritage, the rugged nature of her native west of Ireland are a huge source of inspiration for this proud Co. Clare artist, leading her to create a soulful and unique style of music that enthralls anyone who hears it.
Town Hall Theatre Galway
2pm and 7pm: 9 To 5 The Musical / Seussical / Chicken Licken
It’s the last day to catch Trading Faces Stage School’s extravaganza at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre.
9 To 5 The Musical tells the story of three women pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Fabulous teen actors unfold the story!
Seussical weaves a story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Despite all odds, Horton and Gertrude band together to save the Whos, free Horton, and restore peace and unity to the Jungle of Nool. Hilariously funny. Junior actors explore this crazy world!
Chicken Licken is the fable about little chickens that think the world is coming to an end, and run about warning everyone that the sky is falling on them after a falling acorn from an oak tree hits them on the head! Tiny tots become these creatures!