Happy Sunday to all you beautiful Galwegians! We are on the cusp of my favourite month as we say goodbye to September and gear up for the month long winter party that is October in Galway! As usual your Sunday is filled with the most delightful musical distractions. Here are just some of the events taking place today…
It’s the last day of the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival with all kinds of events taking place at various locations throughout the day. Check their FB page for details.
If you happen to be in town early then make sure to get down to the Spanish Arch at 3pm to see The Fisherwives, a nine-strong masked ensemble inspired by fishmarket traders of old, will weave through the Claddagh, Spanish Arch and Quay Street, re-imagining what a fish market might have looked like 100 years ago. Ok, back to the music….
The Salt House early session kicks off at 4:30pm and is, without doubt, the best place to start your Sunday. Beers, an open fire and some of the finest Folk and Americana music you’re ever likely to hear. Featuring the musical talents of Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Kelvin Busher. You can experience Richie Brennan and the Vibe Tribe in E-Bruns bar where they will be playing some old school Rock and Blues from 6pm. The Barnyard Trio continue their Sunday session in Garavans at 6:30pm.
With the Galway Jazz Festival just around the corner (Oct 4th) it’s time to get your ears tuned, so Szymon Misniak and the good folks at Il Vicolo have come together to bring you some of the finest in Sunday Jazz from 7pm to get you in festival mood. Down in the West Monroe’s Galway will be hopping when Mouse McHugh begins his regular session at 8pm. Doors for the legendary Open Mic Night at Róisín Dubh open at 8:30pm when Trass Bee and R.Plant voice double Steven Sharpe will be on hand to provide guidance and inspiration to all of Galways burgeoning talent. Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan will be presiding over their Country/Folk session in the Crane bar from around 9pm while Jade Reynolds and The Rollover are on hand to mesmerise in Massimo Bar Galway from 9:30pm
If you happen to be across the river then be sure to drop into Tigh Neachtain where you can catch The Vee and his bunch of merry men being whimsical from around 9:30pm. Turlock“turn that frown upside-down”Holmes takes to the stage with the angular men of Pyramid in the Quays Bar Galway at 10:15pm. Bass beast Karl Clews will be doing his thing with Ciaran Storey and Cormac Dunne in the Dail bar from 10:30pm and we will be hitting the stage in the Róisín Dubh at 12 midnight!
Tonight we are having our own version of an American wake as we bid our bass player in residence Eoin“mechano”Mccann the best of luck on his journey across the pond. As is the tradition, I am going to pack as many musicians as I can on-stage to see him off (sorry Ollie!) 😎
Joining me to make a whole heap of noise tonight… Mark Sullivan on guitar and Banagher Blues. Barbara Vulso on vocals. Gabo GD on flutes and pipes. Bushkanga Rilla on drums. Bertrand Huvé on sax. Maciek Zaworonek on harmonica. Jack Duignan on keys and Seaboard and the unstoppable Tom Portman on Dobro!
So there you have it folks, it’s another busy day in Galway and if you make it to the end of the night we’d only loved to have the pleasure of your company in the Róisín Dubh where we will waking 2018 style until the wee small hours…
There will be singing.
There will be dancing.