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
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