Food’n’ drink, postcards, stamps, a newspaper, toothpicks, someone to point us in the direction to the old part of the city.
Some of the guys take a power nap and so there is usually one room with several people lying down, knocked out cold, look as if they drank the purple Kool-Aid. Other rituals include vocal war How do you get to the gig – limo, taxi, walking? Twist and crawl.
Freakscene The longest running club night in the land with Emmett and Johnny Freak playing alt classics and indie hits in the main room, DJ Nico at the helm of the Danascene, and guest DJs on an electronic tip playing the roof garden. The Roxy, Sth Main St 11pm 14 before 11.30pm/ 16/15 087-2710710
Junior Spesh It’s the Valentine’s Day Carnival with Rinse FM dudes The Heatwave at the controls. Twisted Pepper 10pm 110/18 01-8734800 and Paul McClean join Mark O’Reilly, Donna Legge and Paul Hamill for high-octane hip-hop, electro, house, indie and dubstep. Stiff Kitten 9pm £3 before 11pm/£4 048-90238700 What’s the best gig you’ve been to? Lalo Guerrero and Los Changitos Feos (a youth Mariachi group) in Tucson, Arizona 1997. Lalo is the most important musician and songwriter to ever come out of Barrio Viejo in Tucson. He was awarded the Medal of the Arts in 1997 by President Bill Clinton and was named a National Folk Treasure by the Smithsonian Institute. The concert I saw him do at a low-key show with beginning musicians ages 9-12 years old was sweet and soulful, the epitome of the finer things in life here in Tucson and the Sonora Desert. Notorious Old-school hip-hop and r’n’b from the Dayum crew. Button Factory 11pm 18/15 01-6709022
Club Poison What are your favourite and least favourite venues? I love old theatres. I am not a big fan of low ceiling clubs, but I do like caves. Most embarrassing on-stage moment? Losing my mind on space cake in Amsterdam . . . I think. Have you a special stage wardrobe? Not really, but we all like vintage clothes and do our own ironing and washing the day of the show.
What’s your best tour story? Playing in two nights in Dublin at Whelan’s. A young couple announced to us at the end of the second night that they were going to marry soon and if we could play our song Not Even Stevie Nicks one last time for them. The show had ended, instruments were packed, amps unplugged. But we hopped back on stage and delivered the best version of that song ever. It’s their story and I was honored to be part of the soundtrack to their love. Niall Toner Band Established and accomplished Irish roots singer, performer and songwriter launches his new album. Stags Head 8pm 18/16 01-6793701 Aoife O’Donovan Former singer with alt bluegrass/string band Crooked Still. Guests include Jeffrey Foucault. Whelan’s 8.30pm 115/113 01-4780766/ 1890-200078 Amelia Curran Canadian singer-songwriterpromotes her new album, Spectators. Mick Murphy’s Pub, Ballymore Eustace 9pm 115 045-864017 Also Tues, Dublin
In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea. Calexico plays Dublin’s Olympia on Thursday ballad group. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 8pm 125/123 057-8663355
Sunday 10 CORK
Southern Tenant Folk Union See Friday, Mayo. Crane Lane Theatre midnight Adm free 021-4278487 Also Tues, Tyrone; Wed, Antrim; Thurs, Galway
Petunia & the Vipers See Saturday, Dublin. Grand Social 8pm 115 01-8740090
Monday 11 KILDARE Tuesday 12 DUBLIN
Amelia Curran See Monday, Kildare. Ruby Session, Doyles Pub 8pm 18/15
Southern Tenant Folk Union See Friday, Mayo. Red Room, Cookstown 7.30 £10 Also Wed, Antrim; Thurs, Galway
Joey (right): soundtracking love
What’s on your rider? What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine?