Get Ready Galway:
Let’s just say it out loud. It looks as though this weekend may actually be – sunny! In between the April showers, there are rays coming through giving us a glimpse of that Spring feeling. And it’s the weekend. What more could we ask for. From rousing rockabilly to high-octane tribute bands, the best of local talent to culture, Galway is a veritable showcase of rising stars and experienced musicians. Join us for your ultimate gig guide this Friday, April 14th as we delve into the exciting line-up in the city of the tribes.
8pm: Rousing Rockabilly with Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra at Monroe’s Live
With a sound that blends swing, rockabilly, country, blues and soul, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra are known for their captivating live performances. The fast-paced rhythm of this energetic band is creating a stir on the musical landscape as their unique style has earned them a loyal fan base and critical acclaim from audiences across Europe. And now they will bring their highly anticipated set to Monroe’s Live on Friday, April 14th giving dancers and listeners alike the chance to jump, jive and wail to their new blend of ‘North Eastern’ swing.
Having released five studio albums, the band are coming to Galway hot on the heels of their new single ‘She Hypnotised Me’. Their mix of classic country, rhythm, and blues with that rockabilly vibe showcases their versatility and gift for storytelling through toe-tapping tunes.
It’s set to be a night of fast-paced, high-octane fun with a feast of original song at Monroe’s Live on Friday, April 14th from 8pm. Tickets cost €14 and are available from www.monroes.ie.
11pm: A Foo Good Men to Perform High Octane Tribute to the Foo Fighters at Monroe’s Live
The post grunge and rock anthems of the Foo Fighters will roar to life at Monroes Live on Friday, April 14th thanks to Cork-based tribute band, A Foo Good Men. Together, the talented five-piece ensemble will deliver an onslaught of back-to-back hits, from ‘The Pretender’ to ‘Best of You’, ‘Everlong’, ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘All My Life’ and ‘Times Like These’.
It’s set to be a high-octane night of music at the award-winning venue on Dominick Street, as A Foo Good Men delve into the back catalogue of the Seattle rockers with dynamism and flair. Having grown up to the iconic soundtrack of the Foo Fighters, their raw passion and edgy performance style has inspired A Foo Good Men members Alex Hornibrook, Liam Redding, Seán Murphy, Shane Cahill and James Coady throughout their career.
Tickets to a Foo Good Men at Monroe’s Live on Friday, April 14th cost €10 and are available from www.monroes.ie.
8pm: Hugh Cornwell
Original singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell comes to Galway for a solo show in Róisín Dubh this Friday, April 14th. With hits such as Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl, Always the Sun, Peaches, No More Heroes, Nice and Sleazy, hear the songwriter deliver these classics at the famous Róisín Dubh stage. Expect a storming set of prime solo songs, including picks from his latest studio album, ‘Monster’, alongside the iconic Stranglers anthems. For tickets to Hugh Cornwell this Friday, April 14th follow the link here: Roisin Dubh Tickets
The Quays Music Hall
11pm: Live Music with Dakota
Dakota, one of Galway’s busiest and most energetic party and wedding bands, is known for their high-energy performances all over Ireland. As a four-piece band based in Galway, Dakota delivers an electrifying mix of party hits, covering various genres including rock, pop, folk, and country. With drums, bass, two guitars (including synth), and all four band members contributing vocals, Dakota offers a diverse range of songs and singers, creating a dynamic and engaging performance.
The band’s versatility shines through with their authentic renditions of music from every era, as showcased in their extensive setlist. If you’re looking a night of floor fillers from this experienced band, look no further than Dakota at the Quays Music Hall in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter.
Gráinne and the Wailers
Gráinne and the Wailers, a lively folk group hailing from Galway, is set to perform in the the bustling surrounds of the Cellar bar on Eglinton Street this Friday, April 14th. Known for their dynamic performances featuring a mix of originals, traditional tunes, rocky reggae vibes, and lively country folk, this multi-talented and experienced group of professional musicians will bring their energetic vibes to this landmark venue close to Eyre Square. From the Waterboys to the Pogues, The Furys to Jimmy Hendrix and Christy Moore, this band will take you through the best of folk, pop and classic rock with their own inimitable flair.
With their ability to cover various genres, Gráinne and the Wailers are sure to captivate with their versatile musical talents. Don’t miss this exciting folk group’s performance this Friday night.
The Skeff Late Bar
10pm: The CEOs
East Galway band The CEOs will entertain the crowds at the Skeff Late Bar in the heart of Eyre Square. Renowned for their professionalism and musical talent, this high energy group will take you through chart hits with their own acoustic panache. It’s set to be a night of music and song as The CEO’s delve into the best of classic anthems to the delight of fans. Hailing from Loughrea, this three-piece group are garnering a strong base with every gig and are certain to keep you on the dance floor this Friday night at the Skeff Late Bar. Afterwards, join DJ Dave G until late.
Town Hall Theatre
8pm: Galway Musical Society Present Rent
Rent, a Broadway show based on Puccini’s La Bohème, follows a group of young artists struggling in Manhattan’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. GMS’s production features a talented cast, including Brandon Collier, Keith Hanley, Hannah Wright, Niall Conway, Jay Molyneux, Helena Brosnan, Gabrielle Reid, and Jay Hall.
Led by director Paul ‘Nippy’ Norton, choreographer Jay Molyneux, and musical director John Roe, GMS has been rehearsing diligently since the start of 2023. Despite the challenges faced by the musical theatre industry, GMS is thrilled to bring this production to life, showcasing the resilience of artists and the power of hope and love, as portrayed in Rent’s poignant message of living in the present moment.
7:30pm: All in an April Evening
Galway Percy French Society and Patrick Kavanagh Association look forward to sharing an evening of music, song and story by Irish songwriters, music makers, poets and storytellers scripted and narrated by Gerard Hanberry, himself a noted poet and author. The evening will feature captivating lyrics inspired by Thomas Moore, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Michael William Balfe, William Percy French, Patrick Kavanagh, Sigerson Clifford and many others. Music dating back to the days of Turlough O’Carolan, Bard of Erin, together with the legendary Sean Maguire, and, from the collection of the great Chief O’Neill will also feature strongly.
Online ticket link here: Tickets for All In An April Evening Here or call 091 399 277
The King’s Head
Catch one of Galway’s great bands as they bring the beat to the best covers, classics, and all-time hits. A staple on the music scene, Pyramid are one of the most sought-after ensembles, bringing the rhythm to the night. Guaranteed to have you up on the dance floor at this historic location in the heart of the city.