Rise of the tribes

Gal­way has a de­served rep­u­ta­tion as a hub of cul­ture and creativ­ity, but for a long time it was theatre rather than live mu­sic that held cen­tre stage. In re­cent years, how­ever, that has fi­nally be­gun to change, as Aoife Barry dis­cov­ers

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Adecade ago, if you went in search of live mu­sic in Gal­way you gen­er­ally had two choices: a cov­ers band or a trad session. But to­day, search for a gig in the arty, cob­ble­stoned city and you could find a cosy gig in a mu­si­cian’s home, with fairy­lights strung across the man­tel­piece and cakes to nib­ble on as you watch a lo­cal duo im­pro­vise. Or a hard­core band in the darker en­clave of Sally Long’s; an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned in­die act rock­ing the Róisín Dubh; or toss a coin to choose be­tween a lo­cal band strum­ming in Kelly’s pub or the for­mer wine cel­lar that is now DeBurgo’s.

The Gal­way of 2011 is a dif­fer­ent beast to the city it was 10 years ago, with some of Ire­land’s most beau­ti­ful and re­ward­ing mu­sic be­ing made in its bed­rooms, aban­doned car parks and even fairy forts.

The Ticket headed west to find out more about the acts mak­ing Gal­way one of Ire­land’s best cities for home­grown mu­sic.

Pro­moter Gu­gai at the Róisín Dubh

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