It’s Friday in Galway, and while the November rain is upon us, there is so much on offer to keep you warm and dry as we welcome the weekend! From jazz, folk and Americana stars to rock and pop cover bands, there’s lots to keep you entertained with our Friday Gig Guide. Read on to find out more!
7:30pm: Backstage Venue
Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen
Fans of the late Glen Campbell, who fused country and pop to become a legendary singer-songwriter and iconic international star, will be thrilled to hear the original musical stylings of his daughter, Ashley Campbell, alongside guitar virtuoso Thor Jensen at Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm.
Ashley has followed in her father’s footsteps, continuing his legacy as she carves her own niche in the music industry. She honed her craft in front of millions on the global stage as part of his band, and went on to create a successful solo career.
Hailing from New York, Thor Jensen brings his experience from rock to gypsy jazz, complementing Ashley’s country and Americana roots. Having performed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Thor continues to contribute to the vibrant jazz scene, delving into the music of Django Reinhardt alongside his other projects.
Their path’s crossed when Ashley wanted to learn more from Thor about this distinctive French-Romani jazz style, a truly niche genre on the Nashville scene. Together, these accomplished instrumentalists create a fresh sound as a duo. Their musical synergy is unparalleled with Thor’s deep baritone and Ashley’s sweet, emotional vocal delivery.
Delivering songs of love and lament, their interplay between guitars and banjo, swapping of lead vocals and clear music chemistry, gives their audience a unique opportunity to witness this exciting collaboration. Their new album, Turtle Cottage, was recorded in Northern Ireland. This is the first time both artists have worked in partnership with another, bringing the new Campbell/ Jensen alliance to light.
Don’t miss your chance to catch Campbell / Jensen for this intimate acoustic set at the backstage venue of Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from www.monroes.ie.
11pm: Coldplace Bring the Anthemic Songs of the Original Band to Monroe’s Live
As the only tribute band to have worked for Coldplay, Coldplace are 17 years in the making, bringing their wealth of experience in recreating the anthemic sound to Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 17th at 11pm.
From ‘Yellow’ to ‘Higher Power’, ‘The Scientist’ to ‘A Sky Full of Stars’, Coldplace mirrors their evolution from indie-rock roots to stadium-filling songs. The band replicates each nuance, from the shimmering guitar riffs to the ethereal keyboard melodies, ensuring an authentic experience.
With a dynamic light show and visuals, they will transform the award-winning venue into a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours using lasers, synchronised lighting, confetti, video and even the LED wristbands that have become synonymous with the iconic band.
For those who may have missed the chance to witness Coldplay live, this is an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable night that celebrates the timeless power of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.
Experience the recreation of the record breaking live tours with this dynamic tribute band at Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 17th at 11pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from http://www.monroes.ie
8pm: Strange Brew presents This Is The Kit
Support: Ailbhe Reddy
Check out This Is The Kit this Friday at the Róisín Dubh with Ailbhe Reddy as support, courtesy of Strange Brew.
Led by Kate Stables, a songwriter, banjo player, and Winchester native now living in Paris, This Is The Kit brings a unique vibe to the fast-paced world we live in. Kate keeps it real with honest albums and a welcoming sound that’s always evolving. Joining her on stage are Rozi Plain (bass), Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums), and Neil Smith (guitar).
In the midst of our crazy times, being here, standing tall, and making music to come together to—it’s kind of heroic for Kate Stables. Finding joy in wasting time? For This Is The Kit, that’s a vibe. Spend at least one day of your week with This Is The Kit this year; it’s time well spent. Ticket link here: This Is The Kit at the Róisín Dubh
10:30pm: Narnia Interactive Drag Show
It’s a night of Narnia at DNA Nightclub with an extravagant showcase featuring some of Galway’s most talented queens gracing the stage. Brace yourself for an exhilarating night filled with lip-sync battles, dance-offs and comedy.
Prepare to be not just a spectator but an integral part of the show, as this promises to be a fully interactive experience. With exciting prizes and coveted titles up for grabs, the audience is in for a night of lively engagement and unforgettable moments.
Guiding you through the night’s festivities will be the fabulous Annie Naggins, sharing the stage with the dazzling Blondie, the charismatic Black Coffee, and the enchanting Aurora C. Each queen brings a unique flair, promising a diverse and captivating entertainment line-up.
As the show concludes, DJ Adam D takes over, supplying the tunes to keep the energy alive. Meanwhile, downstairs, Jack Lyons is orchestrating a basement takeover, ensuring that the party continues long after the final curtain falls. Get ready for a night of glamour, laughter, and unmissable performances in the enchanting realm of Narnia!
The King’s Head Galway
10:30pm: Red Tape
Red Tape will rock this historic King’s Head bar this Friday night 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 set list 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.
The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen
If you have ever been to an Evoke gig, you will have felt the passion and driving rhythm emanating from every corner of the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen. This upbeat band bring the rhythm, maintaining a fast pace that keeps the crowd wanting more. Delivering music from a range of decades and genres, they have a signature style that blends elements of indie, alternative rock, and folk. Expect to find a vibrant and bustling atmosphere, as Evoke bring their take on classic covers, rock anthems and more.
Evoke also craft original work while maintaining their regular gigs at the Skeff and beyond. Their dedication to creating authentic and emotive music has earned them a loyal fan base and critical acclaim within the industry.
Seven on Bridge Street
10pm: 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 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.