Making up for lost time

Ye Vagabonds – sailing into Vicar Street

Live and kicking

After eighteen months of inactivity, many artists are beginning to look forward to performing once again before live audiences – albeit under varying levels of restrictions. A number of gigs have been announced recently with Dublin’s Vicar Street with two multi-award-winning acts, Christy Moore and Ye Vagabonds marking an auspicious opening to the venue’s Vision season which will also include concerts by Richard Thompson, Billy Bragg, Mary Black, Lisa O’Neill and Damien Dempsey.

Meanwhile at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the annual Tradition Now showcase returns with six shows over the first weekend in October – headlined by Andy Irvine’s Woody Guthrie Project – and preceded by An Corda Oir/The Golden Thread featuring Iarla Ó Lionaird and Steve Cooney. The Tradition Now series is followed by two concerts curated by Grammy-honoured Rhiannon Giddens under the Prism banner. The first celebrates her burgeoning musical partnership with the Dublin-based Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi while the second will highlight an intriguing collaboration between Denise Chaila, Emer Mmayock and Niwel Tsumbu. All of these NCH shows are available as both in-person events and as ticketed livestreams for viewers at home.

Audiences in Belfast can look forward to an impressive line-up of artists due into the Opera House, the Ulster Hall, the Duncairn and other venues over the next three months – including Dervish, Laura Marling, Glen Hansard, Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, John Spillane, Anna Mieke, and Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill.

In Galway, Munroes and the Róisín Dubh have planned live shows with a range of artists including Sharon Shannon, Kíla, The Henry Girls, Emma Langford and Peat and Diesel.

Upcoming Gigs

  • September 17 – KÍLA (Meeting House Square, Dublin)
  • September 19 – LISA O’NEILL & PETER BRODERICK (Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Cavan)
  • September 21 – MOXIE & AOIFE SCOTT (Monroe’s, Galway)
  • September 23 – CHRISTY MOORE (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • September 25 – ALL BOATS RISE: YE VAGABONDS & FRIENDS (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • September 25 – MAIRTÍN O’CONNOR, CATHAL HAYDEN & SÉAMIE O’DOWD (St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford)
  • September 26 – STEVE COONEY & DERMOT BYRNE (Carlingford Heritage Centre)
  • September 29 – TARA FLYNN & PÁDRAIG RYNNE with JIM MURRAY & DÓNAL LUNNY (Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin)
  • September 30 – IARLA Ó LIONÁIRD & STEVE COONEY (National Concert Hall, Dublin)
  • October 2 – CLAUDIA SCHWAB (National Concert Hall, Dublin 2pm)
  • October 2 – THOMAS McCARTHY (National Concert Hall, Dublin 4pm)
  • October 2 – ANDY IRVINE: THE WOODY GUTHRIE PROJECT (National Concert Hall, Dublin 8pm)
  • October 2 – ALFI (Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin)
  • October 2 – AOIFE SCOTT (Dunamaise Arts Centre, Port Laoise)
  • October 2 – KÍLA (Judge Roy Bean’s, Newbridge)
  • October 3 – EDWINA GUCKIAN (National Concert Hall, Dublin 2pm)
  • October 3 – RÓISÍN CHAMBERS (National Concert Hall, Dublin 4pm)
  • October 3 – JACK TALTY & FRIENDS (National Concert Hall, Dublin 8pm)
  • October 7 – RHIANNON GIDDENS & FRANCESCO TURRISI (National Concert Hall, Dublin)
  • October 9 – MICK CONNEELY & DAVID MUNNELLY (Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin)
  • October 10 – CHRISTY MOORE (Moat Theatre, Naas)
  • October 10 – ZOE CONWAY & JOHN McINTYRE (Carlingford Heritage Centre)
  • October 10 – DAMIEN DEMPSEY (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • October 10 – DERVISH & FRIENDS (Grand Opera House Belfast)
  • October 10 – DENISE CHAILA, EMER MAYOCK & NIWEL TSUMBU (National Concert Hall, Dublin)
  • October 11 – LAURA MARLING (Ulster Hall, Belfast)
  • October 11 – GLEN HANSARD (Grand Opera House Belfast)
  • October 16 – KÍLA & PETER Ó’TOOLE (Monroe’s, Galway)
  • October 17 – THE HENRY GIRLS & EMMA LANGFORD (Monroe’s, Galway)
  • October 18 – SHARON SHANNON (Monroe’s, Galway)
  • October 21 – LISA O’NEILL & LEMONCELLO (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • October 23 – DERVISH & FRIENDS (River Island Hotel, Castleisland)
  • October 24 – SLIABH LUACHRA COMPOSERS CONCERT (River Island Hotel, Castleisland)
  • October 25 – PAUL BRADY (Waterfront Belfast)
  • October 28 – PEAT AND DIESEL (Róisin Dubh, Galway)
  • October 29 – PEAT AND DIESEL (Ulster Sports Club, Belfast)
  • October 30 – PEAT AND DIESEL (Workman’s Club, Dublin)
  • October 30 – MICK FLANNERY (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • October 31 – MARY BLACK (Olympia Theatre, Dublin)
  • November 1 – THE YOUNG DUBLINERS (Empire Music Hall, Belfast)
  • November 2 – BILLY BRAGG (Ulster Hall, Belfast)
  • November 3 – RICHARD THOMPSON (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • November 4 – BILLY BRAGG (Vicar Street)
  • November 6 – MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL (Whelan’s, Dublin)
  • November 7 – MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL (Whelan’s, Dublin)
  • November 7 – MARY BLACK (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • November 13 – NIAMH REGAN (Róisin Dubh, Galway)
  • November 13 – MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL (The Duncairn, Belfast) SOLD OUT
  • November 14 – MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL (The Duncairn, Belfast) SOLD OUT
  • November 18 – NIAMH REGAN (Whelan’s, Dublin)
  • November 19 – NIAMH REGAN (The Duncairn, Belfast) SOLD OUT
  • November 27 – ANNA MIEKE (The Duncairn, Belfast)
  • December 3 – THE LONGEST JOHNS (Whelan’s, Dublin)
  • December 4 – LEMONCELLO (The Duncairn, Belfast)
  • December 10 – JOHN SPILLANE (The Duncairn, Belfast)
  • December 10 – THE MARY WALLOPERS (Vicar Street, Dublin)
  • December 11 – EMMA LANGFORD (The Duncairn, Belfast)
  • December 12 – MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL (Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny)
  • December 27 – FUREY BROTHERS (Royal Theatre, Castlebar)
  • December 28 – THE DUBLIN LEGENDS (Vicar Street, Dublin)

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