15 upcoming concerts in December
A double list of Corkcentric dishes takes over the newly opened ground floor stage of The Workman’s in a Foggy Notions: Northside’s art-punk trio Pretty Happy have been impressive on their recent live outings alongside The Altered Hours, while Limerick-born songwriter Elaine Malone solo performs ambient tunes from the second album of her project Mantua.
The MacGloinn brothers have had a busy year: After winning Best Band at the RTÉ Folk Awards and performing on Sunday night at a sold-out national concert hall, the Dublin folk duo are heading under the hall’s famous hammers. Leap for an intimate performance.
Dublin’s alt-poppers, like the Irish music scene as a whole, made the most of a bad situation, but will finally be singing tunes from the debut album “Small Talk” to audiences across the country, including a stop on Cyprus Avenue with support from Dublin singer Shobsy.
The locked release of the debut album “On Hold” represented a moment of celebration that Dublin punx Pillow Queens and the community they had built around them – but in a calm manner, necessitated by the circumstances. That was until an appearance on the American Late Late Show with James Corden put them in the eye of the world. Expect a series of loud and cathartic concerts in front of the audience.
Dublin singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ciara Lindsey stops in Limerick as part of a busy year-end tour of Ireland. After starting the year with her debut EP ‘Things That Don’t Exist’, she ended on a synth-pop note with the single ‘Mr. Nice Guy ‘- co-produced by James Dring (Gorillaz, Self Esteem, Genesis Owusu).
From passionate grunge and math revivalists to heavy, reverberating psych-pop proponents, this has been a distinguished race for Dublin’s alternative rockers Bitch Falcon, who draw the final curtain on their run with this concert, playing tunes from the single album ‘Staring at Clocks’, destined for future cult-classic status.
“Real teenagers guaranteed” Although they are at the height of a Britpop era splendor in which they never fully fit in, the Northern Irish power-pops Ash long outlived initial criticism and have carved out an immaculate songbook for themselves. On this occasion, the boys will revisit their first LP ‘1977’, in all its chewing gum splendor.
While British outfit Black Country New Road sold out quickly for Whelan’s big stage, post-rock, math and noise fans will find their appetites to be sated with a triple list of dishes upstairs: ” sad and dancing metalheads “God Alone’s live performance defies written hyperbole, while post-rockers from West Ireland Nerves have been impressive, and post-punk duo Twin Diver will be sure to show them off. ‘match the intensity of the show.
There are fewer groups that are more inherently corkonian than jangle-pop heroes The Frank and Walters – whether on the crest of the “Corkchester” wave on their way to cement themselves in their hometown consciousness, to may this grá return with a lead role in The Young Offenders for the hit “After All”.
Live in St. Luke’s, Cork; Sunday December 19 and Monday December 20, 7:30 p.m. exhausted
They kept us company and craic in the depths of the lockdown with witty Dundalk-accented banter and crackles on Irish and British folk standards – and although Martin the cat will be conspicuous by his absence, the idea of a Mary Wallopers’ session in the Northside Noise Church is a Christmas thought worth cherishing.
There would hardly be a guide to Christmas concerts without the Cork Ballad winner’s annual Christmas concert at The Everyman – a tradition now in its 23rd year, even defying the ravages of a pandemic global.
Gravel Gorge and Limerick Street MC Hazey Haze is keen to show off another side of his sonic attack following the release of the latest project ‘Epitome’ – the relative privacy of the new stage down Cyprus Avenue should be the very place for it.
Vicar Street, Dublin, December 6
Kildare’s troubadour is in the middle of a ten-night concert series in the Dublin Hall, with a few appearances also scattered throughout January.
Newstalk presenter and reviewer Tom Dunne puts on his performance hat to lead ’90s artists Something Happens in their annual Christmas concert at Whelan’s – expect hits.
the Dolan warehouse, Limerick; Friday December 31st 9pm, sold out
The Dublin quartet, formerly known as the Girl Band, reappear from the depths of Covid with a new moniker, playing tunes from critically favorite LP The Talkies. This New Years Eve party sees them sharing a scene with Pretty Happy.