Haunting and Healing Sounds with Cinder Well

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

The result is a rich tapestry of folk with an ethereal air. Baker’s work is one of stillness, a quiet musing on the landscape of our time, leading to a sense of healing and sanctuary.

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From Dingle to Dominick Street, Seamus Begley’s Traditional Style at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

While the award-winning musician is renowned for his Kerry wit and repartee, his most recent songs display a tenderness and emotional vulnerability, that comes with the power of experience. Working with the calibre of singer Mary Black and guitarist Jim Murray, Seamus Begley is also carving his own path as he celebrates decades on the music scene. To this end, his name alone is synonymous with traditional music in Ireland and abroad.

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New generation of Irish Indie-Folk with Orwells ’84 at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

With such extensive musical inspiration, it is no wonder that the combination of Damien Mc Kenna (vocals, guitar and writer), Seán Byrne (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Ella Englishby (cello, harmonium, vocals), Roisin Ward Morrow (violin, vocals), Pauric Mc Crum (drums) and Peter Mc Coy (bass, vocals, piano) are making waves on the indie scene.

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Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce to perform at The Mick Lally Theatre

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

Best known as a powerful writing and performing duo, Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce have developed their craft as songwriters and performers and grown in popularity since winning the Panceltic international song contests in 2018. Influenced by their local Galway community, culture, and sounds, they perform music that speaks to fans across the musical spectrum. They have become important new contributors to folk music both in English and in the Irish language.

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New album release from Galway jazz-fusion bassist Karl Clews

Thu, Nov 24, 2022

Following Dissident and Navigator, Nomad is the concluding instalment of Karl Clew's first trilogy of bass solo and bass-led albums. Forming a concept album of sorts, the songs are arranged into four thematic 'suites', linked by interludes, depicting the journey taken by a traveler through life. Beginning in Telluria, a familiar landscape of cities and towns, of culture and philosophy, our intrepid nomad heads out to Oceanea, a seascape of uncertainty, fluidity and hidden dangers as he tries to determine his direction in the world.

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From Film Scores to The Frames, Irish Songwriter Mark Geary Set to Perform at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

Irish singer-songwriter, Mark Geary, has supported major artists across the globe, from Josh Ritter, Bell X1 and the Frames, to Coldplay, Elvis Costello, and The Pretenders. Not only that, but his work has appeared on the big screen in film and on popular television series One Tree Hill and Bones. And yet, it is through his intimate live performances that a unique connection to his audience shines.

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Cork Band The Drive. Steer a New Path for Irish Indie Music at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

With a nod to Britpop, Cork band The Drive. are part of the next generation of indie-rock groups currently making waves on the Irish music scene. Born out of a mutual love for The Smiths and The Stone Roses, the success of their debut single ‘Cigarettes and Lemonade’ gained such traction, they sold out their first tour. Recognised as one of Ireland’s most promising young bands, this exciting ensemble will perform at Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 25.

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Fun and Frolics with Big Sleep at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

Fresh from playing at Electric Picnic and releasing their debut EP, Big Sleep are on their way to Monroe’s Live as part of their Ireland and UK tour on Saturday, November 19. Already, their indie-alternative vibes are making waves on the Irish music scene, thanks to the meeting of music minds between Dubliner Rónán Connolly and Italian-born Matteo Poli.

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Soda Blonde begins winter tour in Galway this month

Thu, Nov 17, 2022

Soda Blonde, the band that emerged from Little Green Cars, will kick off their winter tour around Ireland in the Roisin on 25 November. Having started Little Green Cars in their early teens, Soda Blonde was born just before the pandemic - so the return to live gigs was very much welcomed by the foursome. We sat down for a chat with Adam O’Regan, 1/4 of Soda Blonde, on the run up to the show.

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Soda Blonde begins winter tour in Galway this month

Thu, Nov 10, 2022

One of the great pleasures to have returned for many over the last year has been the live gig. There truly is nothing like it, a room full of people entranced collectively by their favourite artist, seemingly playing just for them, only a few feet away.

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Musician Nick Shoulders re-ignites old style country at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 10, 2022

Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, musician Nick Shoulders brings the vocal range and inspiration of the American South to Monroe’s Live on Saturday, November 12. The singer-songwriter is renowned for the reawakening of traditional country music, with a yodel, whistle, and strum of his guitar. This is traditional, old-style country at its finest.

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A blast of Ruaile Buaile this weekend

Thu, Nov 10, 2022

Fast-paced and furious, the twisted-trad sounds of talented musicians, Ruaile Buaile, are set to ignite the stage at Monroe’s Live on Saturday, November 12. The music is traditional with rousing rhythm, infused with a strong folk and country vibe. Hailing from the heart of Ireland, the midlands, Ruaile Buaile are creating a stir at home and abroad.

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HamsandwicH to showcase new album at Monroe's Live

Thu, Nov 10, 2022

Ireland’s best-known indie-pop band, HamsandwicH will showcase their latest album, Magnify, at Monroe’s Live on Saturday, November 19. The popular and much-loved group from Meath have become a leading voice in the alt-pop world.

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Music legend, Christy Moore announces new Galway concert dates

Fri, Nov 04, 2022

Music legend Christy Moore plans to return to Galway for two shows on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 9 ,following a wave of sell out shows across the country. 

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Hudson Taylor are back at Monroe's Live

Thu, Nov 03, 2022

With unrivalled energy and stunning harmonies, these popular multi-instrumentalists have amassed a strong following. This is thanks to their ability to deliver a rousing set that delivers time and time again.

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Billboard chart toppers Moxie Strings to bring farewell gig to Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 03, 2022

Talented instrumentalists Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn, bid a fond farewell to fans at Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 4th as part of their last Irish tour.

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Vibrant Traditional Musicians Flook to Raise the Roof at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Nov 03, 2022

Award winning traditional folk band Flook will bring their high energy, toe tapping musicianship to Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 11, at 7:30pm. While this is a fully seated show, there is no doubt you will be on your feet, as the rousing rhythm of this talented foursome is set to lift the rafters. When it comes to the lilt and melody of the Irish tradition, Flook are at the top of their game.

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Captivating Irish Singer/Songwriter Paddy Dennehy To Perform New Release at Monroe’s Live

Thu, Oct 27, 2022

This chance meeting ended in a personal invitation by The Frames lead singer to join him on-stage at the Everyman Theatre in Cork.

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Flying the flag for Irish contemporary music

Thu, Oct 27, 2022

The Irish work in the programme comes from Deirdre Gribbin. Deirdre has been described as "a charismatic and intriguing new voice in contemporary music." (The Independent). She is Artistic Director of Venus Blazing Music Theatre Trust working with young people with cognitive delays. She has written for film including My Kingdom for Sky Pictures starring Richard Harris. The evening features the magical and mysterious “Merrow Sang” from 2007, which vividly recounts a tale of merrow-maidens emerging from the sea during the burial of one the Cantillon family of Ballyheigue.

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Galway musician Tom Portman debuting new album at Crane Bar gig

Thu, Oct 27, 2022

Portman's new album, entitled Train to Nowhere features maestro Maciej (Magic) Zaworonek's poetic harmonica lines. Portman's music on Train to Nowhere feature his wry humour but also the subtle depth that one expects from a songwriter of Portman's standing.

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