September 26, 2023

It’s Saturday in Galway and our events listings are heating up with the best music, song and craic the city can offer. With free events as part of the Galway Folk Festival on the Market Stage, the Tiny Traders Village, and a feast of Irish and international artists, Galway city is alive with the ultimate folk and trad musicians. Enjoy an afternoon gig from songstress Lisa Lambe before gearing up to the raucous sound of Kíla at Monroes Live. For a change of pace, gather your teams for the music quiz to beat all others at the Róisín Dubh, while DJ’s Trevor White and KM spin the decks to the early hours at DNA. Not only that, but Tobi Kaye unleashes his acoustic anthems at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen. It’s all happening this Saturday in Galway.

Monroe’s Live

Galway Folk Festival 2023

2pm: Fresh from releasing her fourth album, singer-songwriter Lisa Lambe will perform an afternoon gig at 2pm at Monroe’s Live on Saturday, June 17th.  Lisa has a sumptuous voice with a tone that evokes the history of Irish folklore with mesmerising ability.

Steeped in tradition, Lisa is a true songstress, as she is continually inspired by the Irish landscape, ancient tales, stories and rituals. In addition, Mark Geary will bring his paired back, acoustic folk-rock to Monroe’s Live as a special guest with Lisa Lambe for this afternoon show.

7pm: On Saturday night, the tribal, near shamanic sounds of Kíla will take to the Monroe’s Live stage at 7pm.  Their boisterous style of Irish world music is infused with the eclectic influences of the international. It’s a heady mix of folk instruments, merged with djembe, brass and bass.

Together, they deliver a fiery and passionate performance, merging the energy of Gaelic ancestry with furious jigs and primal beats. Their fast, freewheeling music results in an intense, joyful experience that leaves fans calling for more.

Kíla will be joined by one of Galway’s favourite band, The Raines. Intricate and melodic, The Raines deliver their folk-Americana stylings interlaced with tender and rhythmic strings.

Their collective experience, from Ireland and Finland combine, to ensure this Galway-based trio, comprising of Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen draw on a myriad of influences to create their refreshing sound that leaves audiences spellbound. And they will be joined by Fya Fox, Myles O’Reilly, Padraig Jack and Dave Clancy.

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Free Events Saturday:

This year, the highly anticipated Market Stage offers free live music from 11am-7pm in association with Cuppa Tea TV. On Saturday, June 17th, fans can enjoy the sounds of Rebecca McRedmond, Ceara Conway, Mark Geary, Puzzle Muteson, David Hope, One Horse Pony and Galway’s renowned DJ, Will Softly.

Alongside these seasoned artists, Youth in Music are back once again, following a rousing response at last year’s festival. These young musicians are emerging on the scene with flair as they bring their talent to the Market Stage.

Youth in Music is a branch of Cuppa Tea TV that gives young musicians and singer songwriters an opportunity to perform in a safe space in front of a live supportive audience.

Not only that, but there are stalls full of authentic and artisan produce and crafts made by independent vendors with a sustainable ethos to savour at the Tiny Traders Market.


11pm: We Love Saturday with DJs Trevor White and DJ KM

DJs Trevor White and KM will be spinning the decks at DNA nightclub, Galway’s liveliest late night club venue. The tunes will be thumping and the bass jumping as DJ Trevor White ignites the dance floor with a curated mash of old school and new music. A staple on the DJ scene across Ireland, he turns up the heat with flair and panache, generating a melting pot of rhythm and beats that build to the all-important crescendo of dance on the main floor. Meanwhile, DJ KM is on basement duty dropping the very best of RnB, Hip Hop, Throwbacks and Cheese. It’s all happening this Saturday at DNA.

Róisín Dubh:

7pm: The Big F*ck Off Music Quiz

Get ready to showcase your music know-how at the highly anticipated “The Big F*ck Off Music Quiz” happening at Róisín Dubh on Saturday, June 17th. Whether you’re a die-hard rock ‘n’ roller, a dedicated pop fan, a funky aficionado, a K-pop stan, or a jazz cat, this quiz is tailored for music lovers of all genres. It’s a celebratory evening filled with multimedia music trivia, including photo rounds, song games, music video challenges, and general knowledge questions spanning across various eras and styles. Put your skills to the test and prove your ability to identify tunes from just the intros. Exciting prizes await the top two teams, along with numerous spot prizes throughout the event. Tickets are available now, with a table for 4 people priced at €40.

Doors open at 7:00pm for registration and the photo round, while the quiz kicks off at 8:00pm.

Tickets to the Music Quiz Night at the Roisin Dubh

The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen

9pm: Tobi Kaye

He’s back once again at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen in Eyre Square to bring the best tunes to you, live and acoustic. Tobi Kaye is building a strong following thanks to his vocal talent, range and hard work ethic.  The musician is lauded for his vocal tones and musicianship, as he takes you through the best of classic rock and pop with the Kaye twist. This bustling hotspot is set to come alive to the sound of Tobi Kaye as The Skeff continues to champion local artists. Having stunned audiences on the popular television show, The Voice UK last year, Tobi Kaye is making waves on the music scene and home and abroad.  Don’t miss your chance to catch the singer in this intimate setting as he sets the tone.  Continue the night with DJ Ferg as he spins the decks at this stomping venue.


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