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Upcoming Gigs, June 2024

JUN 01: An African Fine Dining Experience by IBÍLÈ x HENS TEETH, link
JUN 01: Kat Eaton at Arthurs, link
JUN 02: The Tolka Hot Club, Mountshannon, link
JUN 02: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Katharine Timoney Quartet at Workmans, link
JUN 03: Jazz music and dance evening, Pickering Forest​, Celbridge, link
JUN 04: Jazz Gals present a Summer Jazz Soirée at Bestseller, Dublin, link
JUN 06: Handmade Music (experimental music night), Accidental Theatre, Belfast, link
JUN 06: The Depot Sessions: SexyTadhg, Fizzy Orange & WineMom at The Complex, link
JUN 07: The Depot Sessions:Cruel Sister Squarehead & Really Good Time, link
JUN 08/09: Mohammad Syfkhan, The American Bar, Belfast, link
JUN 08: Patrick Stefan & support Aoife Wolf at Whelans, link
JUN 08: Peer 2 Peer with Izumi Kimura at the Cobblestone, link
JUN 09: Izumi Kimura & akiko: 一期一会 (one time one meeting) at The Cooler, link
JUN 09: Irish Women in Jazz Presents: ECHOVERSE at Workmans, link
JUN 11: Linda Fredriksson Juniper at The Sugar Club, link
JUN 13-16: Jake Blount (Northern Ireland Tour) at various locations, link
JUN 16: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Linley Hamilton Trio at Workmans, link
JUN 16: Ben Prevo with support from Aoife Moriarty at Whelan's, link
JUN 19: The Dirty Jazz Club at Arthurs, link
JUN 19: JAYNE live at KIN, Arundels by the Pier, Cork, link
JUN 19: Melanie O'Reilly Trio: La Fête de la Musique, Wexford, link
JUN 22: Cosy Concert - Phoenix & Wolfe, Banner Books, Kilrush, link
JUN 22: D.Cullen & Colm Gavin: Live in Pot Duggan’s Ennistymon, link
JUN 23: No GMO Jazz at Board, Harold's Cross Bridge, link
JUN 27: Phil Robsons Organ Trio at Arthur’s, link
JUN 28: Phil Robson Organ Trio at Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast, link
JUN 29: Phil Robson Organ Trio at Flowerfield Arts, Derry link
JUN 30: Phil Robson Organ Trio, Westport Jazz Club at the Clew Bay Hotel, link
JUN 29: Marina Sela at The Sugar Club, link
JUN 29: Kevin Lawlor: Jazz at Johnstown, Johnstown Castle Wexford, link
JUN 30: Jazz Jam in the International, Dublin link
JUN 30: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Taibhreamh at Workmans, link

Full Arthurs gig listings here.

Regular Gigs

Various days: The Blind Pig, Suffolk St, Dublin 2

Various days: Arthur's Blues & Jazz Club, Thomas St, Dublin 8

Mondays: The Crane Lane, Cork

Mondays: Ciarán Wilde Quintet at Harry Byrne’s, Clontarf

Tuesdays: O’Regan’s, Fade Street, Dublin 2

Various: Lulus Jazz Club, Pawn Shop

First Weds of the month: Irish Women in Jazz at Arthurs, Dublin 8

Wednesdays: Jazz at Juno, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Wednesdays: Pizza Jazz at Lucky's, Dublin 8

Thursdays: Jazz jam at The 115 Spot, Cork

Thursdays: Richie Buckley Quartet at Frank Ryan's, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Thursdays: Americana Bar, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Thursdays: McCormack & White at Kavanagh's, Aughrim St, Dublin 7

Thursdays: Buckley & Whyte at Neary's Bar, Dublin 2

Fridays: Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast

Saturdays: Love Tempo, Thomas St, Dublin 8

Sundays at Noon: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1

Sundays: Organ Freeman at The Big Romance, Parnell St, Dublin 1.

Sundays: The International Bar, Dublin 2

Sundays: Dublin Jazz Co-op at The Workman’s Club, Dublin 2

Sundays: Weekly Jazz Night at Board, Dublin 8

Monthly Sundays, The Dublin Jazz Jam at the International Bar, from 3:30pm

Monthly: Cork Improvised Music Club, Plugd Records, Cork

Monthly Sundays, The Dublin Jazz Jam at Noosh Cafe Bar, Sandymount

Monthly Sundays, Emily’s Jazzy Afternoons at the Moat Theatre, Kildare

Sundays: No. GMO Jazz, 7–9pm at McGowans, Harold's Cross, link

Various days: The Blind Pig, Suffolk St

3-5 days every week at Arthurs, Thomas street


Apr 30: Irish Women In Jazz - Yuzuha O'Halloran Trio, tickets

Apr 30: International Jazz Day - Tom Maxwells Organ Stops, tickets

Apr 30: International Jazz Day - IWIJ: Yuzuha O'Halloran Trio, tickets

May 01: LAVERY with support from Living Things, Workmans, tickets

May 02: Dublin Jazz Jam Session, Arlington Hotel, tickets

May 3-5: Bray Jazz Festival, tickets

May 03: Shabazz Palaces at The Sugar Club, tickets

May 03: Tom Ollendorff Trio, Scotts, Belfast, tickets

May 03: Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2024, Levis', West Cork, tickets

May 04: Tom Ollendorff Trio, National Folk Theatre Of Ireland, Kerry, tickets

May 04: Artefacts Trio, Belfast, tickets

May 04: Stella Sings Ella, Craughwell's Courtyard, tickets

May 04: Tom Ollendorff Trio, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, tickets

May 10: Carole Nelson Trio, Westport, tickets

May 11: Nomadic Piano Project Trio, Middlethird Social Farm, Galway, tickets

May 12: Concert of Indian Raga and Taal, Gandharva Loka, Dublin, tickets

May 16: The 50s: The Decade That Changed the World, tickets

May 09-12: Roamer Tour, Kilkenny, Cork, Sligo & Wicklow

May 10: George Colligan Quartet at Wexford Arts Centre, tickets

May 21: Charlie Moon at O’Regans, tickets

May 24: David Preston Trio feat. Seb Rochford at Whale Theatre, tickets

May 26: Chief Keegan - Album Release Party, Workmans Cellar, tickets

May 30: Matthew O’Connell Quartet at The Cooler

Upcoming Gigs, April 2024


Mar 31: No-GMO Jazz at Board, booking

Apr 2-6: Music Current Festival, tickets

Apr 03: Jolie Holland & Band at The Black Box, Belfast, tickets

Apr 06: Free For All - Art Blakey Tribute at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 07: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Joyology at Workmans, tickets

Apr 07: Curtis Stigers at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, tickets

Apr 08: Arthur’s Jazz Jam at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 13: Joel Frahm Trio at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 14: QOW Trio at Windmill Lane Studio, tickets

Apr 19: Stella Bass Quartet at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Apr 20: Dan Costa Trio, tickets

Apr 20: Samara Joy at the NCH, tickets

Apr 21: Victoria Sings Nina Simone at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 21: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Conor Murray Trio, tickets

Apr 24: Mikkel Ploug at The Cooler, tickets

Apr 24: Nação Zumbi at The Sugar Club, tickets

Apr 25-28: New Music Dublin, tickets

April 26–28: Westport Jazz Weekend, tickets on the door

Apr 28: Magical Dog at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 28: The Dublin Jazz Co-op International Jazz Day Celebration, tickets

Apr 28: International Jazz Day - Tom Maxwells Organ Stops, tickets

Apr 30: Irish Women In Jazz Yuzuha O'Halloran Trio, tickets

May 3-5: Bray Jazz Festival, tickets

May 03: Shabazz Palaces at The Sugar Club, tickets

May 04: Artefacts Trio, Belfast, tickets

May 10: George Colligan Quartet at Wexford Arts Centre, tickets

May 16: The 50s - The Decade That Changed the World w/ The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, tickets

May 21: Charlie Moon at O’Regans, tickets

May 24: David Preston Trio feat. Seb Rochford at Whale Theatre, tickets

Jun 07–15: Linda Fredriksson Juniper Tour, tickets

Mar 01-09: Brilliant Corners Festival, tickets

Mar 01: Here and Now at Anseo, tickets

Mar 01: Jasmine Myra at Black Box, Belfast, tickets

Mar 02: Thee U.F.O Album Launch at Workman’s Cellar, tickets

Mar 02: Tom Ollendorff Trio + Aaron Parks at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 03: Mayflyes at Irish Women in Jazz, tickets

Mar 06: Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles and Tommy Halferty at Kaleidoscope Night, tickets

Mar 08: Jazzabelles at Abbey Tavern, tickets

Mar 09: Orlando Molina Quintet at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 09: Gediminas Karkauskas at Wexford Arts Centre, tickets

Mar 10: Doran, Guilfoyle, Hemingway at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 10: Moon Mist Jazz Trio at The Dublin Jazz Co-Op, tickets

Mar 11: Arthur’s Jazz Jam, tickets

Mar 14: Nigel Mooney’s Organ Works at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 15: Mike Nielsen and Ciarán Wilde at Jacksmill Hub 13, tickets

Mar 15: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at St. Luke’s, Cork, tickets

Mar 16: John Donegan Sextet ‘Light Streams’ at BelloBar, tickets

Mar 17: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Sugar Club, tickets

Mar 17: Neil Ó Lochlainn & Ultan O Brien at Sundays at Noon, tickets

Mar 21: Jazz at Farringtons: Orlando Molina Quartet, tickets

Mar 22: Conor Guilfoyle Quartet play Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 22: Jasmine Wood & Seán Being at St. Finian's Lutheran Church, tickets

Mar 24: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Christine Tobin at Workman’s, tickets

Mar 24: Richard Nelson Quartet - October Rain Album Launch at Arthurs, tickets

Mar 25: Arthur’s Jazz Jam, tickets

Mar 30: The Dirty Jazz Club, tickets

Apr 2-6: Music Current Festival, tickets

Apr 06: Free For All - Art Blakey Tribute at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 07: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Joyology at Workmans, tickets

Apr 07: Curtis Stigers at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, tickets

Apr 13: Joel Frahm Trio at Arthurs, tickets

Apr 14: QOW Trio at Windmill Lane Studio, tickets

Apr 20: Samara Joy at the NCH, tickets

Apr 21: The Dublin Jazz Co-op Presents: Conor Murray Trio, tickets

Apr 24: Mikkel Ploug at The Cooler, tickets

Apr 24: Nação Zumbi at The Sugar Club, tickets

Apr 25-28: New Music Dublin, tickets

May 3-5: Bray Jazz Festival, tickets

May 03: Shabazz Palaces at The Sugar Club, tickets

May 04: Artefacts Trio, Belfast, tickets

May 10: George Colligan Quartet at Wexford Arts Centre, tickets

May 21: Charlie Moon at O’Regans, tickets

May 24: David Preston Trio feat. Seb Rochford at Whale Theatre, Greystones, tickets

Jun 07–15: Linda Fredriksson Juniper Tour, tickets

Feb 01: Daniel Rorke at The Whale Theatre, tickets

Feb 03: Stella Bass at The Sugar Club, tickets

Feb 03: Richie Buckley’s Organ Quartet, tickets

Feb 03: Lee Meehan Organ Trio at The Harbour Bar, Free in

Feb 04: Irish Women in Jazz Gaza Fundraiser at The Vintage Room, tickets

Feb 04: No GMO Jazz at The Board, Dublin 8

Feb 09: Stella Bass at Scott's Jazz Club, tickets

Feb 11: Dublin Jazz Jam at Noosh, Sandyford

Feb 11: River Daughter at Dublin Jazz Co-Op, tickets

Feb 11: Jazz Night at Board (formerly MVP), details

Feb 10: Mario Bakuna Band at Arthurs, tickets

Feb 09-11: Spike Cello Fest, tickets

Feb 14: Arthur’s Jazz Jam, tickets

Feb 14: Charlie Moon Quintet sings Chet, tickets

Feb 15: Jazz & Snacks at Mills at Farringtons, tickets

Feb 16: Niamh Strong Band, tickets

Feb 16: Zoé Basha and Aina Tulier: Sortie de Résidence, tickets

Feb 16: Seisiúin Le Cairde Presents; Grá, tickets

Feb 17: Africa Meets Brazil at The Sugar Club, tickets

Feb 17: Hugh Buckley’s Purple Dayz, tickets

Feb 18: The Workshop at Arthurs, tickets

Feb 24: The Dirty Jazz Club at Arthurs, tickets

Feb 25: Lee Meehan Organ Trio at Arthurs, tickets

Feb 25: H-ci, aka Shane O'Donovan at Dublin Jazz Co-Op, tickets

Mar 01-09: Brilliant Corners Festival, tickets

Mar 1: David Duffy Quartet at the Cooler, tickets

Mar 03: Mayflyes at Irish Women in Jazz, tickets

Mar 07: NOUT at The Cooler, tickets

Mar 08: Jazzabelles at Abbey Tavern, tickets

Mar 09: Gediminas Karkausas at Wexford Arts Centre, tickets

Mar 10: Moon Mist Jazz Trio at The Dublin Jazz Co-Op, tickets

Apr 24: Mikkel Ploug Trio at The Cooler, tickets

Jun 07–15: Linda Fredriksson Juniper Tour, tickets

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Read The Goo online, jazz round-up page 35


So here we are now, falling face-first into a new year. Well at least there’s still gigs. Tasty, delicious, gigs…

BAN BAM is a biennial commission for female and gender-minority artists from the island-of-Ireland, presented by IMC (Dublin) and Moving on Music Belfast). Saturday, Jan 20th will see the premiere live performances of new works by the 2023 BAN BAM composers: Meliana Gillard, Bianca Gannon and Carole Nelson. 7:30pm at The Smock Alley Theatre.

The Dublin Jazz Co-op present the debut show for new outfit Collider featuring Chris Guilfoyle on guitar, Darragh O’Kelly on synths, Steve Welsh on more synths and Shane O’Donovan on drums. The lads intend to play live drum and bass, house music and IDM. Expect “a unique night in The Vintage Room with a convergence of analog and digital, where the improvisational spirit of jazz meets the innovative beats of electronic music.” Jan 28th at The Vintage Room, Workmans.

Long-standing Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profética hit Dublin for the second time. Founding members Willy Rodríguez (bass guitar, vocals), Eliut González (guitar), Omar Silva (guitar, bass guitar) will be onstage along with some newbies. Feb 5th at Opium.

Those seeking an alternative cello festival will have their needs met at SPIKE, Alternative Cello Festival. On the agenda: live performances by two new groups led by leading cellists Gay-yee Westerhoff and Naomi Berrill. FIRL, featuring Gay-yee Westerhoff (cello, keyboards) and Eos Counsell (violins, electronics) will present a collection of cinematic, nature-inspired compositions for cello, violin, piano, and birdsong. While the Naomi Berrill Trio featuring, you guessed it, Naomi Berrill (cello, vocals), Lorenzo Pellegrini (guitar, synth and vocals), and Andrea Beninati (drums, cello) will present their recently released album “Inish”, a jazz-based rumination on islands and island-life. Feb 9th at the Sugar Club.

Mario Bakuna and Roberto Manzin invite the good people of Dublin to celebrate the American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto in a tribute to the iconic 1964 album ‘Getz/Gilberto’. This record popularised bossa nova worldwide and is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time. Feb 10th at Arthurs.

River Daughter are three recent graduates of DCU’s jazzer course, Rufina Tishina (vocals), Rory Fleming (baritone sax) and Emily O'Rourke (guitar). They have plans to perform a variety of jazz standards and compositions from artists such as Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman, Emily Remler and more on Feb 11th at Arthurs. Tip!

Zoé Basha and French musician Aina Tulier will soon be touring Ireland with works they have been developing which explore the links between Appalachian, Irish and Occitan traditional music. Zoé will release her debut album in 2024: a mix of traditional ballads and original pieces blending traditional singing, jazz and blues music. Aina is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (nyckelharpa, fiddle, Gascon bagpipes) specialising in both playing and teaching a variety of traditional music styles. Expect “bold vocal harmonies, fiddles, and nyckelharpa”. Feb 16th at The Cobblestone. Big tip!

If you fancy a spin up north, SOULTRANE festival promises “an unforgettable day filled with the best soul and jazz music that Northern Ireland has ever seen!”. The lineup features British soul icon Omar, Beyond the Blue, Manukahunney and fast rising sensation August Charles. Not bad hai. Feb 17th, Mandela Hall, Belfast. Tickets on Eventbrite.

This Afro-Brazilian Carnival celebration will feature Yankari, Elikya, Zeembass, Edi Cavaco, Will Kanela and more and the evening will culminate with a supergroup performance of Jorge Ben Jor’s 1976 masterpiece LP ‘Africa Brazil.’ Sounds amazing. Feb 17th at The Sugar Club.

Irish jazzer-supergroup The Workshop hit Thomas street for their rescheduled date after their original show got pulled due to ‘the riots’. Expect to find Bill Blackmore trumpeting, Chris Engel saxophoning, Matthew Jacobson drumming, Cormac O’Brien bassing and Darragh O’Kelly keyboarding. Feb 18th at Arthurs.

About The Goo

The Goo is Dublin’s newest print magazine dedicated to music and clubbing and provides a comprehensive What’s On listings guide along with an exciting array of features, interviews, reviews, previews and human interest stories illuminating the vibrant entertainment scene in Dublin. The monthly publication offers an enjoyable mix of gig & club previews & reviews, album & single reviews, features, Q&A’s and a few quirky columns by some amazing writers, musicians and industry folk in a style that’s punchy, light hearted and informative.

Read the digital edition of The Goo at HKM Publishing, or pick it up around Dublin for free.

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Read The Goo online, jazz round-up page 36



Loads on over the Christmas, not a lot in January. You know the drill. But hey let’s look after ourselves & each other this holiday period yea? Just sayin’...

Ongoing series ‘Irish Women in Jazz’ returns to Arthurs this December 20th for ‘A Cosy Christmas’ with originals & Christmas music from IWIJ founder, vocalist, songwriter, producer and performer Jennifer McMahon. As usual the night will begin with a live podcast recording from 8pm, hosted by guitarist Emily O’Rourke, followed by music from 9pm. ‘Irish Women in Jazz’ launched in January 2022 and has since hosted 20+ gigs featuring female-led groups. Expect to find Cormac Kenny on piano, Baz Rycraft on bass and Sebastian Jezzi on drums. Doors are 7.30pm & tickets are €10-15 on Eventbrite or €18 OTD.

Islam Ireland’s Winter Bazaar takes place on Friday & Saturday December 22/23 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. Expect stalls selling “clothing, hijabs, perfumes, bukhoor, oud, jewellery, crafts, henna, books, games, toys, art pieces, cakes & savoury finger foods.” 2–6pm on the Friday & 12–6 on the Saturday. As-salamu alaykum!

Two long-standing heavyweights of the Irish jazz scene, Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley, celebrate the birth of Christ at Arthurs of Thomas street, Dublin 8, Saturday December 23rd. Expect Lee Meehan on vocals & guitar, Hugh Buckley also on guitar, Scott Flannigan on keys, Doc O’Connor on sax & Shane O’Drumovan on drums. Doors 8:30pm, tickets on Eventbrite.

The Fun Lovin' Criminals – minus Huey Morgan, cos he bailed in 2021 – begin their UK and Ireland tour on Dec 23rd at Opium of Aungier street. The lads are celebrating two milestone achievements; bringing pizza to Ireland in the ‘90s, and the 25th anniversary of their second album, '100% Colombian'. Expect the record to be played in its entirety, alongside their greatest hits, and, I’m told, a slice of DiFontaine’s for everyone in the audience.

Cooks But We're Chefs Christmas party at the Grand Social – what’s not to love? For the uninitiated, the Cooks emerged around 5 or 6 years ago and were among the first jazz-funk-neo-soul bands in Ireland pushing that sound, ala their UK counterparts. They quickly hit the festival circuit entertaining the masses and having a jolly good time for themselves. They’ve been quiet-ish the past couple of years so this is a good opportunity to catch up with them. Expect a great high-energy, good-vibes party band (in the best possible way). 7pm–1am, December 28th at the Grand Social. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Kasia Eliasz’s 9-piece band roll into Arthurs this December 28th for a night of “pulsating Brazilian & African rhythms”. Big tip. Tickets on EB.

The Ethiopian Community of Ireland are having a get-together on Dec 29th from 6pm at the Grand Central Hotel. London’s DJ Sami will spin “the best of Ethiopian dance music” and there’ll be Ethiopian food and drinks (not free) on the go too. Search ‘Ethiopian Community Party 2023’ on FB for more. Twenty quid in.

The Dirty Jazz Club returns to Arthurs this Dec 30th with Conor Murray on drums, Derek Whyte on bass, Colm O’Hara on trombone, Bill Blackmore on trumpet, Darragh O' Kelly on keys & Cathal Roche on sax. Dress to impress.

Father Peter Conefrey was the leader of the Leitrim anti-jazz movement of 1934. Now, 90 years later, the campaign is commemorated with a live jazz band, dancers, refreshments, scat singing, dressing up and prizes. “Learn to dance the Lindy Hop and the Charleston with Edwina Guckian”. All this and more at the ‘Down with Jazz 90th Commemoration’ on NYD afternoon in Leitrim. Interested? Look it up on Eventbrite. Sponsored by the Leitrim Enterprise Office no less!

And last but not least, a load of heads are planning to strip off to celebrate Blue Monday – considered the most depressing day of the year – on Jan 15th at White Rock Beach, Killiney. From the blurb “White Rock Beach provides the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable party. With its stunning coastline, golden sand, and crystal-clear waters, you'll feel like you're in paradise. Join us for a day filled with laughter, music, and good vibes.” Search FB for more.

About The Goo

The Goo is Dublin’s newest print magazine dedicated to music and clubbing and provides a comprehensive What’s On listings guide along with an exciting array of features, interviews, reviews, previews and human interest stories illuminating the vibrant entertainment scene in Dublin. The monthly publication offers an enjoyable mix of gig & club previews & reviews, album & single reviews, features, Q&A’s and a few quirky columns by some amazing writers, musicians and industry folk in a style that’s punchy, light hearted and informative.

Read the digital edition of The Goo at HKM Publishing, or pick it up around Dublin for free.

Follow The Goo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to keep up to date.

Read The Goo online, jazz round-up page 40


Just a few more sleeps ‘til Christmas folks. Plenty of gigs to be had this Silly Season too. So, without further ado:

The Irish Women in Jazz series returns to Arthurs for their monthly podcast & gig series. This month’s edition features Cork vocalist Laoise Leahy with her band – the Johnny Taylor Trio. Expect original compositions alongside interpretations of Esperanza Spalding, Cécile Mc Lorin Salvant, Aretha Franklin & more. Nov 15th at Arthurs.

U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers has performed with luminaries such as Gary Peacock, Billy Higgins and Dave Douglas and held residencies at the prestigious NYC jazz club The Village Vanguard. This November 15th he darkens the doors of Newpark Academy of Music to share his approach to improvisation, composition, and performance for a very special, one off masterclass. The following night, Nov 16th, he plays Arthurs with the Kevin Brady Trio.

Visual artist & professional rapper Kojaque graces the Vicar street stage this November 16th for a winter gig on home turf. Soft Boys take note.

Neil Ó Lochlainn (Ensemble Ériu, Cuar) is one of the leading figures of the trad-not-trad scene in Ireland. His most ambitious work to date, Emain Ablach will be presented live for the first time in Dublin at the Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday, Nov 18th. If his previous output is anything to go by, this is sure to be an amazing gig.

Magical Dog is a new quartet dedicated to the classic jazz fusion period. Expect raw driving grooves, collective improvisation, and tunes from the likes of John Mclaughlin, Jan Hammer and Steve Grossman. With Darragh O’Kelly on keys, Derek Whyte on bass, Joe O’ Callaghan on guitar and Shane O’Donovan on drums, you know you’re in for a good time. Nov 18th at Arthurs.

If you fancy making a night of it after Magical Dog, and have the stamina to do so, Sally Cinnamon & DJ Ellefunk join longstanding disc-jockey Donal Dineen at the Commercial Rowing Club (over by the Phoeno) for a spot of late night dancing (and disc-jockeying). Nov 18th, 10pm – 3am.

‘Filipa sings Monk’ entails Portuguese singer Filipa Quintino singing hits from the vast Thelonious Monk repertoire, accompanied by Irish jazz luminaries Paul Dunlea (trombone), Scott Flannigan (piano), Cormac O’Brien (double bass) and Shane O’Donovan (drums). Nov 19th at Arthurs.

Prolific & eclectic Dublin musician / producer Sunken Foal releases his latest album ‘Reveal in Finder’ at The Workmans Cellar this Nov 19th. Thirteen quid otd or seventeen with a digital download. Ambient, drone & modern classical artist Zvuku on support. Noice.

The Workshop is a supergroup composed of South African saxophonist Chris Engel and a host of celebrated Irish jazz-lads: Bill Blackmore (trumpet), Matthew Jacobson (drums), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Darragh O’Kelly (keys). Their May 2023 album can be found at cormacobrien.bandcamp.com. Nov 23rd, Arthurs.

Legendary group Huun Huur Tu celebrate 30 years at the forefront of the Throat Singing scene. Nov 28th at The Sugar Club. You can thank me later hun.

Dublin stalwarts Patrick Stefan & Jennifer McMahon perform material written & produced during IMC’s Incubator project. Nov 26th at The Cooler. More info at improvisedmusic.ie

Brazilian singer-songwriter Maria Gadù visits Dublin to present her latest album ‘Quem Sabe Isso Quer Dizer Amor’. Dec 06th at the Button Factory.

Dublin-born saxophonist and composer Matthew Halpin, normally found working as a freelance musician in Germany & Austria, returns to Ireland and joins IMC at The Cooler for a night of original music and new spins on standards. Tickets & info: improvisedmusic.ie

Dun Laoghaire Choral Society presents Messiah for All. Monkstown Church of Ireland, Dec 10th. Lit AF. Tickets on Eventbrite. Fun for all the family.

About The Goo

The Goo is Dublin’s newest print magazine dedicated to music and clubbing and provides a comprehensive What’s On listings guide along with an exciting array of features, interviews, reviews, previews and human interest stories illuminating the vibrant entertainment scene in Dublin. The monthly publication offers an enjoyable mix of gig & club previews & reviews, album & single reviews, features, Q&A’s and a few quirky columns by some amazing writers, musicians and industry folk in a style that’s punchy, light hearted and informative.

Read the digital edition of The Goo at HKM Publishing, or pick it up around Dublin for free.

Follow The Goo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to keep up to date.

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