What's Dubh Got To Do With It?

Steven Sharpe hosts new monthly sessions upstairs in Róisín Dubh

A Band Called Wanda.

A Band Called Wanda.

NOT CONTENT with being the most exciting singer-songwriting talent to emerge in the city for many years, Steven Sharpe is turning his skills to that of host and MC of a new monthly music night in the Róísín Dubh.

The first installment is this Thursday in the Dominick Street venue's upstairs bar, and will be headlined by Galway "folk'n'roll" group, A Band Called Wanda. The new night, will start by being called 'What's Dubh Got To Do With It?", but from month to month, that will change as Steven will replace the word 'love' with 'Dubh' in a famous song title.

Galway/An Spidéal quartet, A Band Called Wanda, may maintain the lowest profile of any of Galway's main bands, yet they were one of the eight finalists for the 2014 Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition, chosen from 8,000 entrants; they have also supported David Gray, Alabama 3, Stornoway, The Sawdoctors, The Hothouse Flowers, and Johnny Flynn; and they have released the Roses Are Still Red EP and their self-titled debut album. Not bad at all, and on stage the band exude a quiet confidence.

Also on the bill is New Pope, a songwriter also from the west of Ireland. His debut release, YOUTH EP, combines acoustic guitar, accordion drone, male/female vocals, and thoughtful lyrics to create a warm lush sound that is reminiscent at times of Fionn Regan, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Lou Reed. Support is from Little Shakers' frontman and Gingerbeard Family member Liam Doherty, in what will be his debut solo performance.

Door are at 9pm and admission is free.

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