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Live Music at the Roadside Tavern and Burren Storehouse

Traditional Music

THE PUB HAS TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSIONS EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT ALL YEAR ROUND. MUSICIANS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE SESSION!

The Roadside Tavern is a legendary venue for Irish music. Music has been played at the Roadside for well over a hundred years. One well-known North Clare player Mickaleen Conlon played here for all of 57 years.

Many well-known names have entertained the patrons of the Roadside down through the years to the present. They include Christy Moore, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, the Fureys, Paul Dooley, Seán Tyrrell, Christy Barry, Micko Russell, Micilín Conlon, Sharon Shannon and many, many more. It has a particular draw for the musicians of the region; at its summer peak, there is live music seven nights a week.  Young and old come by to listen, play and sing. The style and standard of the music is top class, so along with the laid-back old world atmosphere it leads to a unique and lively night out.

Traditional Music, Ballads, Song Clubs, Poetry and Séan-nos dancing at the Roadside Tavern. One never knows who might just drop by to join in on the music and the craic.

Traditional music will be played every Friday and Saturday night in winter, and every night in summer.

The admission to most events is free.

 

Upcoming gigs at the ROCKside Tavern and the Burren Storehouse:

 

 

 

Father Ted Festival 2017

Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017

For the first time ever, the (in)famous Father Ted Festival will be held in the Burren Storehouse!

Open to all Father Teds, Father Dougal McGuires, Mrs Doyles and generally Craggy Island fans are the
following happenings in the evening:

Friday 28th April
9.30pm - Music with the Spinmaster and Father Ted related quiz questions
Admission free
 

Saturday 29th April
6pm - Matchmaking with Willie Daly, Ireland’s only matchmaker (free admission)
8pm - All Priests and Nuns Karaoke and Fancy Dress contest (*)
10pm - Lovely Girls contest followed by DJ till late (contestants welcome!) (*)

(*) Admission: Events from 8pm €10 on the door
 

Sunday 30th April
6pm - Matchmaking with Willie Daly, Ireland’s only matchmaker
9pm - Golden Cleric Awards and Talent Contest
10pm - Live music with the Hairy Babies
Admission free

 

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Roadburren Fleadh

6 May 2017
from 6pm to 1am

One day only - lots of acts in the Burren Storehouse - not to be missed!

Read what the Irish Times has to say about the festival!

Confirmed so far are

Abaddon Incarnate -
www.facebook.com/abaddonincarn ate

Deathness Injection -
www.facebook.com/DeathnessInje ction

From The Bogs Of Aughiska -
www.facebook.com/fromthebogsof aughiska

Oíche Samhain -
www.facebook.com/oichesamhaini reland

Unkindness of Ravens -
www.facebook.com/unkindnessofr avensband

zhOra -
www.facebook.com/zhOramusic

RoadBurren Fleadh - Ireland’s first festival for dark and heavy music in County Clare - returns for its second year and promises to bring some of the country’s most interesting heavy and experimental artists to Lisdoonvarna on May 6th 2017.

The event offers something completely unique to any other music festival in the country and is set in the tragically beautiful heart of the West of Ireland in County Clare.The Burren’s harsh, karst and almost lunar landscape and unique peculiarity is an apt metaphor for much of the music on offer at RoadBurren 2017, where darkness and avant-garde heavy music is the theme.

This year’s event will be headlined by ABADDON INCARNATE - the Irish death grind legends from Dublin have released several albums and have toured extensively worldwide and were the first extreme Irish metal band to ever play in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

FROM THE BOGS OF AUGHISKA are a truly unique band who deliver a gloomy take on dark ambient mixed with traditional black metal which is taking inspiration from Ireland's bleak environment and its rich history and culture, including the rough landscape of the Burren. Since their critically acclaimed debut album in 2010, FTBOA have shared stages with the likes of Anaal Nathrakh, Arcturus, Dragged Into Sunlight, Ulver, Wardruna to name a few and are currently working on album number 3.

Also on the bill are progressive sludge outfit ZHORA who are hailing from South Tipperary; UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS who play haunting, melancholic music that is an esoteric mix of darkness, hope, psychedelia and the occult; DEATHNESS INJECTION a dark experimental two-piece group from Dublin and OICHE SAMHAIN, a Cork based dark atmospheric band that embrace folk culture will be completing the festival line up.

The event is on sale now, tickets and a special festival T-shirt bundle can be purchased via Paypal from roadburrenfleadh@gmail.com (please use 'Friends and Family' option to avoid extra charges).

Early bird ticket €10

Early bird ticket and Festival T-shirt bundle €25

Tickets €12 at the door

 

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Previous gigs at the Roadside Tavern:

 

Thursday 13 April 2017
at 8pm
at the Burren Storehouse

North Clare Sinn Féin present the first ever screening in Clare of the acclaimed documentary film "Bobby Sands 66 Days". This film is being premiered at the Burren Storehouse Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare on Thursday April 13th. It will be introduced by guest speaker Cllr. Malachy McCreesh starting at 8pm sharp. There will be music after by 'A Gramola Band' traditional musicians from Galicia in the Roadside Tavern. All Welcome!! - The film is followed by live music by A Gramola (see below) in the Roadside Tavern next door!

 

 

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Thursday 13 April 2017
at 9pm
at the Roadside Tavern

 

A Gramola

On their "The Reel Galicia" Irish tour, the members of the
A Gramola band from Santiago de Compostela in the
north of Spain are coming to the Roadside Tavern!
 

They will bring with them beautiful folk music from Galicia
and Asturia. You don't want to miss this gig!

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission free

 

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Thursday 27 October 2016
Belleville Hot Club

The very gifted lads from Belleville Hot Club will
drop into the Burren Storehouse for some hot Swing Jazz
from London - on their way to the Cork Jazz Festival!

A gig not to be missed!

Venue: Roadside Tavern

 

 

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Micilín Conlan

Festival Weekend

27th to 31st October 2016

 

For details on the exciting and varied programme,
please have a look at the poster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eugene Electre shanties in the Roadside Tavern

 

Sunday and Monday
23 & 24 October 2016
Eugene Electre

 

Shanties and other folk songs from France and beyond - sung in the intimate and cosy environment of the Roadside Tavern!

This Sunday and Monday, the lovely folks from Eugene Electre will give a rendition of great songs from the 7 seas, Ireland, England, Scotland, France and the US.

Free admittance so come over to the Roadside Tavern and enjoy the atmosphere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat 30 & Sun 31 July 2016
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Doors open 6pm

LISDOONVARNA FOLK FESTIVAL
featuring
 

Seán Tyrrell & guests
(Fergus Feeley, Jimmy Cubbard, Steve Hanks, Mick McNally),
Jack Talty & John Blake,
The Bize,
Doolin Céilí Band,
The Fiddle Case
(Quentin Cooper, Eoin O'Neill, Adam Shapiro, Dermot Byrne),
Out the Gap,
The Sam Evans Band,
Ceol na Mara,
and The Reeltime Rockers!

As a special offer, we will have Wood Fired Pizza & a pint for just €12!

Venue: The Burren Storehouse
Admission:  €10 per night

 

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Roots Festival at the Burren Storehouse Roadside Tavern

 

June Bank Holiday:
Saturday and Sunday
4th & 5th June 2016

An eclectic mix of bands - from Los Paddy de las Pampas to
Horslips members The Johnny Fean Band - will be playing at the
Burren Storehouse over the June Bank Holiday Weekend!

An event not to be missed!

 

Venue: Burren Storehouse
Admission:  €10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loudest Whisper in the Burren Storehouse LisdoonvarnaSATURDAY 23rd April 2016
at 9pm

Loudest Whisper

will be playing again for us in the Burren Storehouse.

Loudest Whisper are a legendary folk-rock-blues band who are
drawing from 45 years of music. They are producing their own music
which is mystical, lively, with traditional but also rock hints in it.
 

Venue: Burren Storehouse
Admission free as usual.

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SATURDAY 2nd April 2016

at 9pm

Feierdog

will be playing the first gig of the season in the Burren Storehouse.

They are a young rockband from Munich, who will be giving it
their all with their guitars, vocals, drums and bass. It will become
very obvious that music is their passion when they wear
themselves out when playing songs between melancholy and
enthusiasm.

Venue: Burren Storehouse
Admission free as usual.

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SUNDAY 18th October 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Felix Sonnyboy

will be playing in the Roadside Tavern.

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission free as usual.

 

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Monday 19th October 2015
6pm to 8.30pm

The Burren Food Trail Mondays event in the Roadside Tavern

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THURSDAY 22 October 2015
at 9.30pm

Belleville Hot Club

 

Belleville Hot Club are a group of hard swinging, London-based jazz musicians who together recreate the vibe and atmosphere of the swing jazz period. 

Combining the sounds and spirit of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France, with the sweet tones of Sidney Bechet's clarinet the Belleville Hot Club’s repertoire include Dixieland classics, gypsy jazz burners and swing jazz standards… something for every early jazz fan. 

The band consists of Tom Jackson - Clarinet, Dan Oates - Violin, Matthew Wilson - Guitar, Jeremiah Spillane - Guitar, and Twm Dylan - Double Bass.

 

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October Bank Holiday Weekend
Friday 22 to Monday 26 October 2015

Belleville Hot Club and
Micilín Conlon Festival
 

Micilin Conlon Weekend and Belleville Hot Club at Roadside Tavern

 

 

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THIS SUPER SUNDAY (11 Oct) -Soccer euro qualifier at Roadside Tavern
Super sport, music and deals in the Burren Storehouse!

We will show Rugby, Soccer and live music all evening and night long.

Rugby - Ireland vs France - at 4.45pm.

Then the Euro qualifier match Ireland vs Poland at 7.45pm.

And after that at 10pm - to celebrate two wins - we will have the
NO SHOW BAND playing for you!

SUPER SPECIAL DEALS for this Super Sunday:
All pints of Carling and the Burren Brewery beers only €3 each!
A Pint and a Pizza for just €12!

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SUNDAY 27 September 2015
at 9.30pm

 

 

A Band Called Wanda

- We will celebrate Billy's 25th Anniversary! -

A Band Called Wanda are an enigmatic, energetic quartet from Galway in the west of Ireland. Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and The Band, they have created their own blend of Folk'n'Roll.

Be warned - last time they played in the Roadside, they almost brought the roof down!!

Listen to them here.

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SATURDAY 26th September 2015
at 9.30pm

Mescalito

Luke Shepherd and Derek O'Sullivan formed the gentle nu-jazz trip-hop outfit Mescalito in the early '90s and aligned themselves with a conflict of styles well known from the increasingly eclectic wave of second-generation chill-out.

Listen to them here or watch them perform online.

Venue: The Burren Storehouse
Admission as usual free.

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FRIDAY 25th September 2015
at 9.30pm

The No Show Band

will be playing in the Burren Storehouse.

Venue: Burren Storehouse
Admission free as usual.

 

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Kindlin' at the Roadside TaverSUNDAY 20th September 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Kindlin'

 

Listen to them here.

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission as usual free.

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Ka Tet Roadside TavernSATURDAY 19h September 2015
at 9.30pm

Ka Tet

Ka tet are a Galway-based, three-piece rock band whose sound focuses as much on 3 part vocal harmonies as it does on crunchy guitar riffs, gripping rhythms and chunky bass undertones.

Their hard hitting music has been compared to the likes of Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. The band encapsulates elements of all of these influences, combining them to create a unique and exciting new sound.

Listen to their music on katet.ie!

Venue: Burren Storehouse (the new fantastic venue
next to the Roadside Tavern!).

Admission as usual free.

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FRIDAY 18th September 2015
at 9.30pm

Electric Eel

will be playing in the Burren Storehouse (not as advertised in the
Roadside Tavern - but you'll find them)!

Venue: Burren Storehouse
Admission free as usual.

 

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Howlin Hawks Burren Storehouse Roadside Tavern

Hickory Wind Roadside TavernSUNDAY 13th September 2015
at 9.30pm

Hickory Wind

They play Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Country and Cajun and will truly entertain us!

Listen to them here and visit their Facebook page.

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission free as usual.

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Ka Tet Roadside TavernSATURDAY 12th September 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Ka Tet

Ka tet are a Galway-based, three-piece rock band whose sound focuses as much on 3 part vocal harmonies as it does on crunchy guitar riffs, gripping rhythms and chunky bass undertones.

Their hard hitting music has been compared to the likes of Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. The band encapsulates elements of all of these influences, combining them to create a unique and exciting new sound.

Listen to their music on katet.ie!

Venue: Burren Storehouse (the new fantastic venue
next to the Roadside Tavern!).

Admission as usual free.

 

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FRIDAY 11th September 2015
at 9.30pm

Howlin' Hawks

They will be playing Soul, Blues and Jazz in the new venue - The Burren Storehouse next to the Roadside Tavern.

Venue: Burren Storehouse (the new fantastic venue
next to the Roadside Tavern!).

Admission as usual free.

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SATURDAY 5th September 2015
at 9.30pm

D-Ridiculous All Stars

will be the first band to play in the Burren Storehouse (the new fantastic venue
next to the Roadside Tavern!). This is their incarnation for cover songs from 60s, 70s and 80s!

Listen to their songs here:
Grace
Starman / It ain't easy
Groove Instrumental

 

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission as usual free.

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SUNDAY 6th September 2015
at 9.30pm

Loudest Whisper

The veterans of roots music, traditional folk and a rare blend that is three parts folk, two parts country blues and two parts melodic contemporary rock, all shaken up with a dash of classic songwriting, are finally coming back to the Roadside to regal us with their amazing sound.

Listen to them here.

Venue: Roadside Tavern
Admission as usual free.

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Pine Hill Haints at the Roadside Taver30th August 2015
at 9.30pm

Pine Hill Haints

A much anticipated gig when they amazing Pine Hill Haints are returning to the Roadside Tavern! We will be reinforcing the rafters, or they'll come down on us due to this tornado of a band!

Listen to them here

Admission as usual free.

38 Clarendon St, Dublin 2

 

Serious Mischief at the Roadside TavernSunday 23rd August 2015
at 9.30pm

Serious Mischief

 

They are back - the Rock and Reggae band from West Clare who will bring down the roof!

Listen to them here

Admission is free as usual.

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Gwyneth Herbert at the Roadside TavernGwyneth Herbert
Sunday 16th August 2015
at 9.30pm

"A remarkably gifted talent” - Musical adventurer
“Brilliantly original -..." - The Guardian

Gwyneth Herbert is a British singer-songwriter and pianist. Initially known for her interpretation of jazz and swing standards, she is now established as a writer of original compositions, including musical theatre.
 

Listen to tunes of her latest album here

Admission is free as usual.

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Marty Reilly & the Old Souls at the Roadside TavernSunday 9th August 2015
at 9.30pm

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

 

This four-man orchestra seamlessly weaves trance based blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works.

       Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra hail from Santa Cruz, California. In addition to O'Reilly on the electrified resonator guitar and vocals, the band features Chris Lynch on the fiddle, Jeff Kissell on upright bass, and Matt Goff joining in on the drums. Within the three years since this project started, the band is already touring nationally, internationally, and selling out venues along the West Coast and throughout the United Kingdom.
   
   "A band true to its name: soulful" - NPR
 
   "Delightful... well crafted music" - SF Weekly
 
    "Raw musical excellence... guitar, fiddle and double bass
     played to within an inch of their inanimate lives."
     - 4000milestonashville

Listen to them here

Admission is free as usual.

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Sam Evans Roadside TavernSunday 26th July 2015
at 9.30pm

Sam Evans (and friends)

Expect upbeat and uplifting music from these young musicians from the UK who have played at the Roadside before.

Sam and his men recently played a gig with Irish singer Polly Barrett and in 2012 and 2013 has played 75 gigs across the UK and in Eastern Europe.

Listen to them here.

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Ben Reel Band Roadside TavernSunday 19th July 2015
at 9.30pm

 

 

Ben Reel Band

This amazing Irish singer/songwriter has already released 6 albums of his own songs, and to judge by the reviews, the latest is his best one yet! Please like & share!

Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music from rock, soul, blues, Alt Folk/Americana & with the occasional injection of reggae.

Over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base. His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, his brother in law Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Mick McCarney on guitar. With this line up they have built up a loyal underground following. Ben is often described as an ‘artist lying beneath the radar for way too long’.

Click here to hear the band.
 

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Sunday 12th July 2015
at 9.30pm

 

The Strap

Local good time song band!

 

 

 

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Roadside Tavern Ed Deane Eamon MurraySunday 5 July 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Kindlin'

This gig promises Blues, Rock, Classics with some fresh original songs.

Admission free as usual.

 

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Sunday 28th June 2015
at 9.30pm

Apprentices Daughter

The four piece band who have been playing together since 2010, have been influenced by Blondie, Pretenders, Ramones and The Who. They are constantly writing new (great!) material and are performing in local venues at present. They have had radio play, and review in Hotpress.

Listen to them online here.

Admission is free as usual.

 

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Sunday 21st June 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Erica Sunshine Lee

Admission is free as usual.

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Sunday 14th June 2015
at 9.30pm

 

Felix and Nick

Admission is free as usual.

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Sunday 7th June 2015
at 9.30pm

 

D'Bize

"The best of the old Irish tradition with a young beating heart" according to their Facebook page...

Very lively traditional music with a modern twist - they will have you listen up!

Admission is free as usual.

Listen to them here

Admission is free as usual.

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Sunday 31th May 2015

at 9.30pm

Serious Mischief

Admission is free as usual.

 

 

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Not a Music Gig, but a Foodie one!

 

 

Friday 22 May
8pm

Elements of the History of Brewing
presented by Peter Curtin
 

Beer & Food Pairing

Kierans Kitchen at the Burren Emporium

 

 

 

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BURREN SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL BANQUET

23 May at 7pm

 

The Burren Emporium will be the venue for the Burren Slow Food Festival banquet on Saturday 23 May. The menu will be mouthwatering and reflects the "Land & Sea" theme of this year's Burren Slow Food Festival motto.

Click on the link below to book your ticket - they are going fast!

 

Burren Slow Food Festival Banquet

Roast Gleninagh Lamb on a spit.
The tradition of a festive banquet during the Burren Slow Food Festival will be continued with this meal. This will be the first major event in the brand-new Burren Emporium created in a minimalist, industrial & utilitarian style compliments of Peter Curtin. On arrival…

 

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Sunday 24th May 2015
at 9.30pm

A Band Called Wanda

 

Admission is free as usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 17th May 2015
at 9.30pm

D'Bize

"The best of the old Irish tradition with a young beating heart" according to their Facebook page...

Very lively traditional music with a modern twist - they will have you listen up!

Admission is free as usual.

Listen to them here

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Serious Mischief Roadside TavernSunday 10th May 2015
at 9.30pm

Serious Mischief

They are back - the Rock and Reggae band from West Clare!

Listen to them here

Admission is free as usual.

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Apprentices Daughter Roadside TavernSunday 26th April 2015
at 9.30pm

Apprentices Daughter

The four piece band who have been playing together since 2010, have been influenced by Blondie, Pretenders, Ramones and The Who. They are constantly writing new (great!) material and are performing in local venues at present. They have had radio play, and review in Hotpress.

Listen to them online here.

Admission is free as usual.

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Ka Tet at the Roadside Tavern Lisdoonvarna

Sunday 19th April 2015
at 9.30pm

Ka tet

They say about themselves: "Ka tet are a Galway-based, three-piece rock band whose sound focuses as much on 3 part vocal harmonies as it does on crunchy guitar riffs, gripping rhythms and chunky bass undertones.

Their hard hitting music has been compared to the likes of Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. The band encapsulates elements of all of these influences, combining them to create a unique and exciting new sound."

Listen to their music on www.katet.ie!

Admission is free as usual.

 

 

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7 Sharp 5 Roadside TavernSunday 12th April 2015
at 9.30pm

7 Sharp 5

Judith Freising, a German living in Ireland, and her band will be playing gypsy jazz in the Roadside.

Admission is free as usual.

 

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Roadside Tavern Ed Deane Eamon MurrayEaster Sunday 5 April 2015
at 9.30pm

Ed Deane & Eamon Murray

Way back in the 60's a fantastic young band hit the scene with a bang, they we're called Blues House and two of its members were then school friends Ed Deane and Eamon Murray. Now nearly 50 years later these two talented musicians are playing together again. as a very exciting duo.

Ed Deane one of Irelands leading guitarist who is a renowned blues musician, specializing in Slide and the Lap steel guitar and a fine singer.

The list of who he played with in London is endless; for much of the 90's Ed worked with  the blues diva Dana Gillespie, then with Chris Jagger,  Paul Jones, Shane McGowan and later with Bap Kennedy and Nick Lowe.

Ed appeared in the Mike Figgis movie ‘Stormy Sunday’. He contributed substantially to the soundtrack and was the only featured guitarist apart from B.B. King.
Ed has also played on the soundtracks of the films ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ and ‘Serendipity’.

Eamon Murray is one of Ireland's top harmonica players, an excellent tenor sax player, who is also a good singer.

He has worked with too many line ups to mention including Emotional Fish and Luka Bloom. He has worked on a number of film sound tracks including the award winning ' Kings'. 

With outstanding guitar, sax and harmonica, solo and harmony vocalists – they tackle an intriguing selection of some of their own material and songs from such tunesmiths as Skip James, Buddy Guy, Bobby Charles and Little Walter Jacobs.

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Roadside Tavern music at ChristmasWe have a fantastic line-up of music from Christmas to New Year's Eve
- see for yourself!

Friday 26th December
at 9.30pm

Starting us of will be a lively session of traditional music
on St. Stephen's Day from 9.30pm.
 

Saturday 27th December
at 9.30pm

Another session of trad will delight us the following day -
exactly what you need for recovering from all the Christmas
goodness of the previous days.

 

Then there are three gigs coming up of very different kinds of music - see below for details.

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Troubadours of Divine BlissSunday 28th December
at 9.30pm

 

Troubadours of Divine Bliss

This group all the way from the United States will turn this cold evening into an enjoyable one.
Click on the picture to listen to their music!

                             Admission is free as usual.

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Monday 29th December
at 9.30pm

 

Ensemble Ériu

Just the ticket for a cosy, gentle evening out: the music from this Irish group is inspired by the surrounding landscape and could be described as Irish folk music. Click on the picture to get a taster of their music.

                            Admission is free as usual.

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Wednesday 31th December (New Year's Eve!)
at 9.30pm

 

Tinkiette la Guinguette

Woohoo! New Year's Eve is sorted with the very lively music that this group from France will delight us with! Click on the picture to get a taster of their music.

               Admission is free as usual.

 

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Micilin Conlon Roadside TavernMicilín Conlon Festival Weekend
24 to 26 October
(Bank Holiday Weekend)

Friday 24thOctober 2014
9pm - Kevin Brehony (piano), Christy Barry (flute), James Devitt (fiddle) & Colin Nea (accordion)

Saturday 25th October 2014
4pm - North Clare Traditional Style featuring
Jonny Conlon (accordion), Seamus Hynes (flute), and special guest, poet Robbie Butler.
9pm - Jack Talty (piano), Bobby Gardiner (accordion), Paul Dooley (fiddle), Terry Bingham (concertina)

Sunday 26th October 2014
6pm - Seisiún: Blackie O'Connell (uileann pipes) and Cyril O'Donahue (bouzouki)
9pm - Seán Tyrrell, Bobby Gardiner (accordion), Kevin Brehony (piano), Christy Barry (flute)

These sessions are free to attend. All musicians welcome to join in!

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Eamonn Dowd & the Racketeers Roadside TavernSunday 12 October 2014
at 9.30pm

Eamonn Dowd & The Racketeers

This lively band cover all kinds of music styles from Americana, rock, rock folk to country.

Very enjoyable and unique!

Listen to them here.
 

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Sunday 5th October 2014
at 9.30pm

D'Bize

 

"The best of the old Irish tradition with a young beating heart" according to their Facebook page... Very lively traditional music with a modern twist - they will have you listen up!

Listen to them here

 

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Drew De Four Roadside TavernTUESDAY 23 September 2014
at 9pm

 

Drew De Four

The troubadour from Michigan has been entertaining the crowds at the Roadside Tavern before. His style of music is "humanist pop" as he says himself, and to be a bit clearer about his kind of music: his influences are Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Dr. John, Ben Folds, The Band and Van Morrison.

Listen to him on YouTube.

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A Band called Wanda Roadside TavernSunday 28 September 2014
at 9.30pm

A Band Called Wanda

A Band Called Wanda are an enigmatic, energetic quartet from Galway in the west of Ireland. Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and The Band, they have created their own blend of Folk'n'Roll.

Be warned - last time they played in the Roadside, they almost brought the roof down!!

Listen to them here.

 

 

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Ben Reel Band Roadside TavernSunday 21 September 2014
at 9.30pm

 

Ben Reel Band

This amazing Irish singer/songwriter has already released 6 albums of his own songs, and to judge by the reviews, the latest is his best one yet! Please like & share!

Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music from rock, soul, blues, Alt Folk/Americana & with the occasional injection of reggae.

Over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base. His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, his brother in law Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Mick McCarney on guitar. With this line up they have built up a loyal underground following. Ben is often described as an ‘artist lying beneath the radar for way too long’.

Click here to hear the band.
 

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Loudest Whisper Roadside TavernSunday 14 September 2014
at 9.30pm

LOUDEST WHISPER

The veterans of roots music, traditional folk and a rare blend that is three parts folk, two parts country blues and two parts melodic contemporary rock, all shaken up with a dash of classic songwriting, are finally coming back to the Roadside to regal us with their amazing sound.

Listen to them here.

 

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Whitetop Mountain Band Roadside Tavern

 

Sunday 7 September 2014
at 9.30pm
 

Whitetop Mountain Band
from Virginia, USA

Up in the mountains of Virginia, the art of making music is a real family affair with the wildly popular Whitetop Mountain Band. For twenty years the group has been playing their Old Time Mountain Music.

When not touring their music on the global stage, they can be found most weekends in Virginia, jamming in their famous style. Their rhythms, melodies, lyrics, and dancing twist and turn like the Crooked Road, keeping alive the music of the earliest American settlers, while developing some new songs of their own.

Listen to their music!

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Loudest Whisper Roadside TavernSunday 31 August 2014
at 9.30pm

LOUDEST WHISPER

The veterans of roots music, traditional folk and a rare blend that is three parts folk, two parts country blues and two parts melodic contemporary rock, all shaken up with a dash of classic songwriting, are finally coming back to the Roadside to regal us with their amazing sound.

Listen to them here.

 

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Reverend Rockwell Roadside TavernSunday 24 August 2014
at 9.30pm

 

REVEREND ROCKWELL

Quickly earning a reputation for himself by fusing his native rhythms with modern grooves, The Reverend unknowingly became the world’s first Electro Blues DJ, coalescing his sound for over a decade until the new genre of Electro Blues was born and finally given a name. Over this time he preached his rough and tough Delta Beats to crowds on every continent on earth, taking his powerful message to the people, unifying the congregations wherever he went.

During those ten years The Reverend Rockwell was resident DJ with Harley Davidson on their European Bike Rallies, delivering pulsating musical messages to crowds of up to 100,000 raucous bikers at festivals all round Europe every year, supporting globally recognised acts along the way including: Adam Ant, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, 10CC, Hayseed Dixie, Status Quo, Suzi Quattro, Mike and The Mechanics, Canned Heat, The Hollies and many more.

Listen to his music
 

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A Band called Wanda Roadside TavernSunday 10 August 2014
at 9.30pm

A Band Called Wanda

A Band Called Wanda are an enigmatic, energetic quartet from Galway in the west of Ireland. Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and The Band, they have created their own blend of Folk'n'Roll.

Be warned - last time they played in the Roadside, they almost brought the roof down!!

Listen to them here.

 

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Sam Evans Roadside TavernSunday 3 August 2014
at 9.30pm

Sam Evans (and friends)

Expect upbeat and uplifting music from these young musicians from the UK who have played at the Roadside before.

Sam and his men recently played a gig with Irish singer Polly Barrett and in 2012 and 2013 has played 75 gigs across the UK and in Eastern Europe.

Listen to them here.

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A Band Called Wanda Roadside TavernSunday 27 July 2014 
9.30pm

A BAND CALLED WANDA

A Band Called Wanda are an enigmatic, energetic quartet from Galway in the west of Ireland. Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and The Band, A Band Called Wanda have created their own blend of Folk'n'Roll.

Listen to them on Soundcloud

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Skadoonvarna 2014 Roadside TavernFriday, Saturday and Sunday
18 to 20 July 2014

SKADOONVARNA FESTIVAL

The next big festival at the Roadside - make a knot into your calendar!

Skadoonvarna Ska & Reggae Festival 18th, 19th 20th July at The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna . Featuring; NATTY WAILER AND THE REGGAE VIBES. Skazz Ska, The Service, the bionic rats, Conectors, Synergy Art musicc. The Dodgy Few, , Skas Good Gravy, Interskalactic, Buzzmonkeys, The Divils and Ska D.J Tommy Rash,
Skandalously good !! Hope to see you there

Friday 18 July:
7-8pm Ska DJ
8-10pm Skazz
10.30-12.30pm The Service

Saturday 19 July:
1.30pm Ska DJ
2.30pm Conectors
4.30pm The Reggaenauts
6.30pm Synergy
8.30pm Interskalactic
10.30pm Bionic Rats

Sunday 20 July:
1.30pm Ska DJ
2pm The Buzzmonkeys
4pm The Divils
6pm The Dodgy Few
8pm Ska's Good Gravy
10.30pm Natty Wailer and the Reggae Vibes

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Ben Reel Band Roadside TavernSunday 13 July 2014
at 9.30pm

 

Ben Reel Band

This amazing Irish singer/songwriter has already released 6 albums of his own songs, and to judge by the reviews, the latest is his best one yet! Please like & share!

Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music from rock, soul, blues, Alt Folk/Americana & with the occasional injection of reggae.

Over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base . His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, his brother in law Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Mick McCarney on guitar. With this line up they have built up a loyal underground following. Ben is often described as an ‘artist lying beneath the radar for way too long’.

Click here to listen to the band.

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Fia Rua Roadside TavernSunday 29 June 2014
at 9.30pm

 

Fia Rua

Irish singer-songwriter Eoghan Burke aka Fia Rua will be bringing his time-less music which he describes as Alt - Punk - Folk to the Roadside, and he is a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk scene. Check out the reviews and music videos on his website!

One review says: "If you’re into your folk music, you’d better do yourself a favour and get this album. Fia Rua is probably the most relevant folk artist on the Irish scene right now."

Listen to him by clicking on the link.

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Corn Potato String Band Roadside Tavern

Sunday 22 June 2015
at 9.30pm

The Corn Potato String Band
from America

These accomplished musicians are playing Appalachian Folk music -
get a taster for them here.

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Sunday 15 June 2014
9.30pm

 

Tori Reed
from New Zealand
 

Tori plays New Zealand country, folk and generally organic music.
In the past, she has performed alongside the likes of blues master LlOYD SPIEGEL and folk artist TECOMA, performed at festivals such as 'The Canterbury Folk Festival' and the 'Organic River Festival'.

Admission free as usual.

Listen to her debut album here.

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Sunday 22 June 2014
9.30pm

The Corn Potato String Band

from America
 

The Corn Potato String Band play authentic American Appalachian folk music.

The members of this band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico.

They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo and guitar and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.

Admission free as usual.

Listen to them here.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014
9.30pm

Sam Evans

Expect upbeat and uplifting music from these young musicians from the UK.
Sam and his men recently played a gig with Irish singer Polly Barrett and in 2012 and 2013 has played 75 gigs across the UK and in Eastern Europe.

The lads have plenty of new material (and some old stuff too) and will make sure that everybody has a great time!

Admission free as usual.

Listen to them here.
 

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Sunday 8th June 2014
9.30pm

Sons of Gingerbread

Our much-loved three piece band based in Co Mayo.

The band has an original and dynamic sound stemming from a huge variety of music that has influenced them over the years. Their live blend of diverse music from hard rock, funky acoustic numbers, soulful blues and epic compositions brimming with the bands distinct sound have endeared them to crowds wherever they have played.Admission free as usual.

Listen to them here.
 

 

 

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Sunday 1st June 2014
9.30pm

Sons of Gingerbread

Our much-loved three piece band based in Co Mayo.

The band has an original and dynamic sound stemming from a huge variety of music that has influenced them over the years. Their live blend of diverse music from hard rock, funky acoustic numbers, soulful blues and epic compositions brimming with the bands distinct sound have endeared them to crowds wherever they have played.Admission free as usual.

Listen to them here.
 

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Ed Deane Band

Ed Deane is one of Ireland's greatest Blues guitar players with a career spanning six decades, from the late 1960s to the present day. He is a renowned blues musician, playing the electric and acoustic guitar, and specializing in Slide guitar and the Lap steel guitar.

"In over thirty years of making a living as a musician, Irish guitarist Ed Deane has been a member of so many different groups, he’s probably forgotten half of them himself. On his instrumental album Slideshow, Ed revels in playing a different style on each tune, and comes up with a moment of magic in the one he calls ‘Way Out East’. (Charlie Gillett. The Sound of The World, BBC World Service)

True! He played with too many artists to list them here, but a few of the names would be Dana Gillespie, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott, Alexis Korner, Chris Farlowe, Shane McGowan, and Van Morrison. He also recorded an album with Mick Jagger.

The geographical locations where he toured with various bands span from the UK to mainland Europe (he lived in France for four years), the US and India.

Listen to the band