September 26, 2023

It’s Saturday and time for your favourite gig guide! What is incredible about Galway is its dedication to the live music scene and to the talented musician who are both home-grown and visit our shores. Tonight is no exception, with a feast of exciting events to enjoy. From a man described as “the most exciting vocal find in Ireland” George Murphy at Monroe’s Live tonight, to delicious burlesque and cabaret shows at the Róisín Dubh and The Loft venue at Seven on Bridge Street, from the incredible vocal talent of The Lewd Tunes to the busking bandits turned band Money 4 Cans, there is so much on offer in Galway this Saturday, July 15th.

Monroe’s Live

8pm: George Murphy and The Rising Sons

Once described by Phil Coulter as “the most exciting vocal find in Ireland”, Dubliner George Murphy is back with renewed vigour following a period touring the globe with The High Kings. Now with his own band, The Rising Sons, the singer-songwriter, who first found fame on the television show ‘You’re a Star’ is breaking new ground and is set to bring his latest work to Monroe’s Live on Saturday, July 15th at 8pm.

Having explored a myriad of styles over the years, The Rising Sons is a return to his roots, embracing a heady mix of Irish folk with rock n’ roll.  Here, the traditional sounds of the banjo, fiddle and whistle merge with the rhythm of electric guitar, bass and percussion to deliver a unique soundscape. 

Poignantly, George performed a duet with the late Christy Dignam on a searing version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Sara’ on his third album ‘The Ballad of Archie Thompson’. A hero of his, it forms part of his music journey which began at the age of 17, as he reached no 1 in the Irish album charts with his debut album ‘Dreamed a Dream’, and saw him tour internationally. Four albums later, the exciting line-up of The Rising Sons has allowed George to expand his horizons, providing a solid foundation for the dynamic and lyrically charged songs he creates.

For him, the message is as important as the melody, unleashing the dark corners of our shared heritage through music.  Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and John Lennon, George has found his home in the form of a band that was born out of a local session on his doorstep.

With full artistic and creative control, the Beaumont native, who has a voice reminiscent of Luke Kelly, is creating a stir once again, this time on his own terms. Having recently sold out Vicar Street, and due to support The Wolfe Tones this August, don’t miss your chance to catch George Murphy and The Risings Sons in Galway at Monroe’s Live on Saturday, July 15th at 8pm. 

Tickets cost €20 and are available from Ticket Link to George Murphy and The Rising Sons

Róisín Dubh

8pm: The Dirty Circus

Roll up, roll up! Galway sauce merchants The Dirty Circus are back with a new show at Róisín Dubh on Saturday July 15th. Expect the best of burlesque & cabaret from these Galway legends. Tonight’s line up includes special guest host Blind Mick Joyce, burlesque from Bella Agogo, belly-dancing from Stacy McPartlin, circus from Strix Nebulosa, music from Barbara Vulso, drag by Miss Liza Lott & pole performance by Ava Hennessy. Plus a “secret sexy saxophone player”. Ticket Link Here: 

Ticket Link to The Dirty Circus at the Róisín Dubh


11pm: We Love Saturday

⁠It’s We Love Saturday at Galway’s very own late night venue, DNA in the heart of the city. With two of Ireland’s leading DJs dropping the best anthems over two floors, it’s set to be a night of mayhem, and music magic.

Donegal’s Darren B is back with nothing but the best heavy hitters and old school anthems. Known for his exceptional DJ skills, Darren B has a knack for upending the Main Floor with his electric selection, as he masterfully curates a musical journey with thumping basslines and pulsating beats. Expect familiar classics intertwined with modern hits to create a seamless fusion of nostalgia and contemporary sound, as he effortlessly blends genres and eras.

And there’s more, as DJ Jack Lyons takes to the decks in The Basement unleashing an unstoppable R n’B, hip hop and cheese extravaganza, to keep the party alive and kicking. Jack’s impeccable mixing skills keep the dancefloor ablaze, from smooth grooves to hard-hitting bangers, he curates a playlist that caters to every musical taste, ensuring there’s something for everyone over two floors at DNA.

The Cellar

Money 4 Cans

Born out of a love of music and the famous busking scene in Galway city, Money 4 Cans are a high energy four-piece who bring their own flavour to rock and pop anthems, while working on their original music.  Regularly found on the streets of the city, this dynamic group play everything from Nirvana to the Saw Doctors with a bit of La Bamba thrown in for good measure. Or perhaps some Twist and Shout. Without doubt, it’s set to be a fast and furious gig with gritty vocals, rousing guitars and bass. And you might find a rollicking sax instrumental or two. Join this up and coming band with a true busking heart, Money 4 Cans, at The Cellar bar on Eglinton Street this Saturday night.

The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen

10pm: Tobi Kaye

Describing himself as “Marvyn Gaye if he sang weird pop tunes”, Galway’s Tobi Kaye is set to perform tonight at The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen in the heart of Eyre Square. A regular at the bustling venue, Kaye writes original music, having played since he was 4-years-old.

The singer-songwriter released his single ‘Another Love Song’ earlier this year to critical acclaim.  An artist with a vision, Kaye’s versatility is such that he channels the lyrical soundscapes of the likes of Coldplay and Sam Smith, with a searing emotional intensity and overtones of blues, rock and gospel influences.

Kaye also gives classic songs his unique twist ensuring his audience is always calling for more.  Renowned for his work ethic, this rising star came to prominence following his appearance on ‘The Voice UK’ and has been busy behind the scenes, writing, and recording alongside his regular Galway gig appearances.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Galway’s answer to Marvyn Gaye this Saturday night at the Skeff as he showcases the talent that makes him one to watch in the music industry.

After Tobi’s phenomenal set, DJ Ferg will take over the decks, ensuring the energy remains high with exhilarating beats that will keep you dancing into the early hours.

The Quays Music Hall

Paul Ward and The Humble Earthworm

Whether it’s ‘Proud Mary’ or ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ think electric guitars and stomping tunes, as Donegal rock and pop covers band The Humble Earthworm interweave top hits from across the decades at the Quays Music Hall this Saturday night.  

With a tough edge, these talented musicians will take you through the top anthems in style. 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.

Seven on Bridge Street

8pm: Hell of a Show

For a night of burlesque, cabaret and devilish glamour, Hell of a Show takes place at Seven on Bridge Street with elements of pole dancing, drag and dark delights.  This inclusive event is designed to be a safe space for both performers and guests, filled with acceptance, support and kindness. With the neon diva of the west, Annie Naggins among the performers and produced by the gothic pole dancer, Pole Bat, this new show is a feast for the senses and the sensual. The night includes a glass of prosecco and a surprise gift. Tickets to this strictly over 18s event can be purchased at the link here: Ticket Link to Hell of a Show at Seven

10pm: The Lewd Tunes

From Harry Styles to George Ezra, The Jackson Five to Journey, Galway based band The Lewd Tunes have you covered this Saturday at Seven on Bridge Street. 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 Seven. Tonight, they have a special guest vocalist Sarah Corcoran. 

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