We know! The weather has turned once again, back to the rainy west of Ireland. And yet, that’s all the more reason to head in from the clouds and discover the wealth of live entertainment happening in Galway city this Saturday night, April 22nd. As always, this is a flavour of what’s on offer across this wild and eclectic place. Rosabel’s Ball, a black-tie event, will be held at The Hardiman Hotel in honour of the late Rosabel Monroe. The night features a four-course meal, live music from The Wilful, and surprise giveaways from supporting businesses. The event raises funds for Rosabel’s Rooms, a national child loss project. Other events include a concert from Whenyoung at Róisín Dubh, live music from Tobi Kaye at The Skeff Late Bar, alternative rock band Hybrazil at The Cellar, and a performance from rock and pop covers band, Humble Earthworm at The Quays Music Hall. For theatre fans, Frank McGuinness’s retelling of Molière’s Tartuffe takes place at The Black Box – a flamboyant production, reflecting the age in which we live.
Rosabel’s Ball at The Hardiman Hotel
7pm: A Poignant Tribute to Remember Rosabel as Sile Seoige to guest MC at Rosabel’s Ball
On the weekend of little Rosabel Monroe’s 6th anniversary, a black-tie ball will take place in her honour in the beautiful surroundings of the Hardiman Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway. The MC for Rosabel’s Ball on Saturday 22nd April is broadcaster and mum of two, Síle Seoige. There will be a delicious four course meal prepared by the award-winning chef at the Hardiman Hotel, and music from the recently reunited The Wilful will have guests on their feet all night.
About Rosabel’s Rooms:
Rosabel’s Rooms is a Galway based child loss project that has become a national initiative, in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation. It was established by Gary Monroe and Suzanne McClean in memory of their beloved daughter, Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged just sixteen months.
Rosabel’s mum and founder of the charity, Suzanne said, “Now more than ever we need your support. We want to help these families for as long as we can, in Rosabel’s name.”
Having shared stages with the likes of Nick Cave, The Pogues, Blossoms, Garbage and The Libertines, punk rock duo Whenyoung are set to play at the intimate Róisín Dubh venue on Dominick Street in Galway this Saturday night. Originally from Clare and Limerick, Whenyoung released their debut album in 2019 to critical acclaim. Their soundscape is heavily influenced by a range of genres, including Irish trad, punk, and rock. After extensive touring, they’ve come back to the west of Ireland for this unique gig as part of their latest UK and Ireland tour. In addition to music, Aoife and Andrew are also co-writing with other artists in various forms of art such as film, fashion, and design. Don’t miss the chance to experience Whenyoung at the Róisín Dubh, supported by Lauren Ann, this Saturday night. Get your tickets here: Whenyoung at the Roisin Dubh Ticket LInk
The Skeff Late Bar
9pm: Tobi Kaye
The Galway based singer and composer brings a fresh twist to the pop genre thanks to his strong gospel, blues, and rock influences. His original works unleash a dark romanticised social commentary on life, love and war. Baring his heart on his sleeve and his soul through his lyrics, Tobi Kaye is a rare talent who is on the rise. Not to be missed at the Skeff this Saturday night.
Live Music with Hybrazil
Emerging from the eclectic streets of the city, alternative rock band Hybrazil will take to the stage at the Cellar bar on Eglinton Street this Saturday night. With the delicious soaring vocals of Orla Coughlan, dynamic guitar riffs by Willians Maxwell and drum beats by Luan Lopes, this Galway-born band serve a stomping soundscape of rock, fused with funk and soul. Influenced by legendary bands such as The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Paramore, there is a touch of Evanescence combined with the lyrical prowess of their original work. In 2019, HyBrazil moved on from being a cover band to showcasing their unique musicality, which led to the release of their first song ‘Burning Desire’ on Spotify. Since then, the group are captivating audiences with their drive, determination and rousing performances across the city and county. The talent of this emerging Irish band is not to be missed at The Cellar bar this Saturday night, April 22nd.
The Quays Music Hall
11pm: Humble Earthworm
Donegal rock and pop covers band, The Humble Earthworm will have you rocking the night away in The Quays Music Hall in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter. With a tough edge, these talented musicians will take you through the top anthems in style this Saturday night. From classic hits to contemporary tunes, it’s non-stop favourites from this energetic party band. It’s set to be a rollicking performance as they deliver their interpretation with panache and flair. Join Humble Earthworm this Saturday night for a return gig at The Quays Music Hall. Always a night to remember at this landmark city centre venue.
Black Box Theatre
2:30pm and 8pm: Molière’s Tartuffe – A new version by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin, the Abbey Theatre’s production of Tartuffe is a classic dramatic comedy about a hypocrite; a fraud who inveigles himself into a family’s home and heart. Molière didn’t know he was writing about 21st century Ireland, but Frank McGuinness certainly did! We can all recognise figures like Tartuffe, who say one thing but do another behind closed doors. The difference is that, today, Tartuffe uses 280 characters and knows all the best angles for his selfies. Under Caitríona McLaughlin’s direction, Frank McGuinness’s retelling of this exuberant farce is wrapped in a flamboyant production, reflecting the age in which we live. Lavish design and costumes are more haute couture than baroque, while the pop-influenced soundtrack is a statement in itself. For tickets follow the link here: Tickets to Moliere’s Tartuffe at the Black Box Galway