ROCK/POP

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT - Bit­ter Pill Didn’t He Ram­ble. Ev­ery­thing this Way Non-Fic­tion. Se­cret Smile, Wait­ing.

Tony Clay­ton-Lea tclay­ton­lea@irish­times.com

FRI­DAY 18 BELFAST

Vet­eran Belfast punk band punc­ture the bal­loons. Black Box 8pm £10 black­box­belfast.com

CORK

Su­perb North­ern Ir­ish band. Spe­cial guest is Ir­ish punk-pop band Otherkin. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm (sold out) cyprusav­enue.ie Also Sat, Lim­er­ick; Sun, Belfast

Lovely dou­ble bill here, with sonic meister Di­neen and the be­guil­ing Ta­los, who put in great per­for­mances at Other Voices ear­lier this month. Con­nelly’s of Leap 9.30pm

Fine dou­ble-bill of promis­ing Ir­ish mu­sic acts. White Horse, Ballincol­lig 8.30pm white­horse.ie

DUBLIN

Two shows here for stal­wart of the Ir­ish mu­sic com­mu­nity - al­ways a treat. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie Also Sat, Dublin

Rein­vig­o­rated UK band back on track again. Acad­emy 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

US singer, song­writer and per­former - new to th­ese parts but worth check­ing out. Acad­emy 2 6.30pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Un­der­rated Ir­ish song­writer per­forms tracks from his im­pres­sive 2015 al­bum, Year of the Bird. Uni­tar­ian Church 7.30pm dubli­n­uni­tari­anchurch.org Amer­i­can blues de­liv­ered by a bunch of handy mu­si­cians. JJ Smyths 9pm jjs­myths.com

See 14 Days. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

A pair of low-key gigs for very pop­u­lar Ir­ish band. Grand So­cial 8pm thegrandso­cial.ie Also Sat, Dublin

Ir­ish rock’n’roll, blues, soul and funk. Bello Bar 8pm

GAL­WAY

Mon­aghan singer and song­writer. Róisín Dubh 9pm roisin­dubh.net

LIM­ER­ICK

Ir­ish singer-song­writer whose de­but stu­dio al­bum will surely hit the big-time in 2016. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm (sold out) dolans.ie Also Sun, Gal­way; Mon/Tues/Wed, Dublin

SATUR­DAY 19 BELFAST

Spe­cial fundrais­ing event, fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by David Holmes, Girls Names, Doc­u­menta, and Lan­guage Of Flow­ers. All pro­ceeds go tothe Chil­drens Heart­beat Trust. Black Box 8.30pm £12/£10 black­box­belfast.com

Pro­mot­ing his Grammy-nom­i­nated al­bum

Ul­ster Hall 8pm £30/£25 ul­ster­hall.co.uk Also Sun/Mon, Dublin

CORK

Cork-based elec­tro pop – smart and savvy. Spe­cial guests in­clude Daithi, and Ta­los. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm

cyprusav­enue.ie

Newry broth­ers De­clan and Bren­dan Mur­phy lash out the hits and newer ma­te­rial. White Horse, Ballincol­lig 8.30pm white­horse.ie Also Wed­nes­day, Lim­er­ick

Two good ‘uns for the price of one. St. Luke’s Church, Sum­mer­hill North 7.30pm uticket.ie

Very fine psych-pop band from Cork; spe­cial guest is Caoilin Sher­lock. Con­nelly’s Of Leap 9.30pm

DUBLIN

An­other show­case from much re­spected in­die la­bel; bands per­form­ing in­clude Ske­locrats, Square­head, Gin­nels, Owen­sie, Walpur­gis Fam­ily, and No Mon­ster Club. Whe­lan’s (Up­stairs) 3pm whe­lanslive.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

Young Ir­ish band – tex­tured, lay­ered, in­ven­tive. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

See Fri­day, Dublin. Grand So­cial 8pm thegrandso­cial.ie

Neat’n’nasty in­die rock. Sup­port acts in­clude Beach, and Thumper. Hangar 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie

GAL­WAY

Highly re­garded Ir­ish singer-song­writer teams up with much liked Ir­ish folk/roots singer. Róisín Dubh 8pm

roisin­dubh.net

KERRY

Ir­ish band on the cusp of big­ger things. Forth­com­ing de­but al­bum

will be ri­fled. Ir­ish Na­tional Event Cen­tre, Kil­lar­ney 7.30pm inec.ie Also Sun, Lim­er­ick

LIM­ER­ICK

Ir­ish singer­song­writer and pop/folk trou­ba­dour. Dolan’s Up­stairs 8pm dolans.ie

See Fri­day, Gal­way. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm dolans.ie Also Sun, Belfast

SUN­DAY 20 BELFAST

One of Ire­land’s most pop­u­lar rock/pop bands. Ul­ster Hall 7pm £25.50 ul­ster­hall.co.uk

See Fri­day, Gal­way. Em­pire Mu­sic Hall 8pm £17 (sold out) the­belfastem­pire.com

CORK

Cork-based singer-song­writer cel­e­brates 30 years of smart songs and be­tween-song wit. Every­man Palace The­atre 8pm ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN

See Satur­day, Belfast. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie Also Mon, Dublin

Fundrais­ing gig in aid of Fo­cus Ire­land. Mu­si­cians per­form­ing in­clude Gavin Glass, Gary O’Neill, Ge­off Warner-Clay­ton, Ailbhe Reddy Mu­sic, Cal­lum Orr, and Ar­bours. What’s this? Mulled wine and mince pies on ar­rival? Best! Christ­mas!! Ever!!! But­ton Fac­tory 7.30pm eventbrite.ie

GAL­WAY

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Róisín Dubh 8pm

roisin­dubh.net Also Mon/Tues/Wed, Dublin

KILKENNY

Heart­throb sib­ling duo Harry and Al­fie aim for the post-Xmas cheer. Set The­atre 8pm set.ie Also Mon, Dec 28, Dublin; Wed, Dec 30, Water­ford

LIM­ER­ICK

See Satur­day, Kerry. The Big Top, Corn­mar­ket Row 7pm (sold out) dolans.ie

MON­DAY 21 CORK

Ir­ish singer-song­writer launches his new al­bum,

Spe­cial guest is Jack O’Rourke. St. Luke’s Church, Sum­mer­hill North 7.30pm uticket.ie

DUBLIN

Ac­claimed singer presents his show North­ern Lights – Songs for the Win­ter Sol­stice. Uni­tar­ian Church 7.30pm dubli­n­uni­tari­anchurch.org Also Tues, Dublin; Mon, Dec 28, Louth

Soul. Blues. Blues. Soul. Get the pic­ture? JJ Smyths 9.30pm Adm free jjs­myths.com Also Mon, Dec 28, Dublin

See Satur­day, Belfast. Vicar St 7.30pm (sold out) vi­carstreet.ie

Dublin band up the ante . Sup­port from Red Moon Bay­o­nets and Miriam Dono­hue. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. (Please note there is also a mati­nee show to­day.) Whe­lan’s 2pm/8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Tues/Wed, Dublin

KERRY

Spe­cial end-of-year gig from Mr An­drew Hozier-Byrne. Spe­cial guests are Wyvern Lingo. Ir­ish Na­tional Event Cen­tre, Kil­lar­ney 9pm inec.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

Classy Ir­ish singer-song­writer. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm dolans.ie

Fresh from their gigs at Other Voices in Din­gle, say hello to a pre-Xmas hip-hop party from Clare-based group. Kas­bah So­cial Club 8pm dolans.ie Also Sun, Dec 27, Dublin

TUES­DAY 22 BELFAST

Wa­ter­front Hall 8pm £27.50 (sold out) wa­ter­front.co.uk Also Wed, Down

DUBLIN

Ir­ish-flavoured punk? Punk-flavoured trad? Over to you. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Whe­lan’s 8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Wed, Dublin

See Mon­day, Dublin. Uni­tar­ian Church 7.30pm

dubli­n­uni­tari­anchurch.org Also Mon, Dec 28, Louth

WED­NES­DAY 23 CORK

For­mer ac­tor, now singer-song­writer, of whom big things are ex­pected. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm cyprusav­enue.ie

DOWN

See Tues­day, Belfast. Ban­gor Abbey 6pm £27 (sold out) tick­et­mas­ter.ie

DUBLIN

3Arena 8pm tick­et­mas­ter.ie Live and in your face: RnB, funk and soul cour­tesy of Co Wick­low guitarist/rap­per Zaska, Dublin-based song­writer and guitarist CC Brez and eight-piece Afro soul band, Feather. Sugar Club 8pm

the­sug­ar­club.com

Folk, pop, coun­try and more from ac­com­plished Ir­ish per­former. Spe­cial guest is Clive Barnes. Grand So­cial 8pm

thegrandso­cial.ie

See Fri­day, Lim­er­ick. Whe­lan’s 8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com

SATUR­DAY 26 DUBLIN

What? Xmas over al­ready? Bois­ter­ous folk-pop band ahoy! Spe­cial guests The Cujo Fam­ily. Whe­lan’s 8pm

whe­lanslive.com

SUN­DAY 27 DUBLIN

See Mon­day, De­cem­ber 21. The Work­man’s Club 8pm the­work­man­sclub.com

Sea­sonal wel­come-back gig for pow­er­house Ir­ish band, fea­tur­ing Ol­lie Cole, Gavin Fox and Ian Maleady. Grand So­cial 8pm thegrandso­cial.ie

Durable Ir­ish song­writer – think in­sight­ful and amus­ing. Spe­cial guest is An­nie Kin­sella. Sea­mus En­nis Cul­tural Cen­tre, The Naul 8pm

sea­musen­nis­cen­tre.com

Ir­ish singer-song­writer look­ing to 2016 with a batch of new ma­te­rial. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

Long-last­ing Ir­ish rock band plug re­cently re­leased sin­gle as well as throw­ing out the many hits. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

Provoca­tive, some­times pug­na­cious. A Christ­mas fist fight beck­ons. Dolan’s Ware­house 7.30pm

dolans.ie

Ire­land’s premier elec­tro-pop band. Dolan’s Ware­house 10.30pm dolans.ie Also Mon, Cork; Wed, Gal­way

MON­DAY 28 CORK

Vet­eran Ir­ish rock/pop act blow away a few post-Xmas cob­webs. St. Luke’s Church, Sum­mer­hill North 7.30pm uticket.ie

See Sun­day, Lim­er­ick. Cyprus Av­enue 9pm

cyprusav­enue.ie Also Wed, Gal­way

DUBLIN

Vet­eran UK ska/ pop band fronted by Buster Blood­ves­sel. Acad­emy 8pm

tick­et­mas­ter.ie Also Tues, Belfast

See Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20, Kilkenny. Whe­lan’s 8pm (sold out) whe­lanslive.com Also Wed, Water­ford

See Mon­day, De­cem­ber 21. JJ Smyths 9.30pm Adm free jjs­myths.com

GAL­WAY

Ir­ish singer­song­writer. Róisín Dubh 8pm

roisin­dubh.net Also Tues, Lim­er­ick

LOUTH

See Mon­day, De­cem­ber 21, Dublin. Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 8pm spir­it­store.ie

TUES­DAY 29 BELFAST

See Mon­day, Dublin. The Lime­light 2 7pm £18.50 lime­light­belfast.com

CA­VAN

Ca­van rock­ers play a home­town gig with a dif­fer­ence - ex­pect a full the­atri­cal stage-show and a few sur­prises. Town­hall, Ca­van town 8pm town­hall­ca­van.ie

DUBLIN

An­nual Xmas shindig from one of Ire­land’s best rock/pop bands of the past 30 years. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

Ir­ish coun­try mu­sic sen­sa­tion. Lucinda Wil­liams fans need not ap­ply. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie Also Wed, Dublin

LIM­ER­ICK

See Mon­day, Gal­way. Dolan’s Ware­house 8pm dolans.ie

WED­NES­DAY 30 CORK

Sib­ling band from Cork de­liver on the prom­ise of last year’s elec­tro-rock de­but EP

Cyprus Av­enue 9pm cyprusav­enue.ie

DUBLIN

This renowned singer­song­writer event trans­fers from its nor­mal pub en­vi­ron­ment to a larger venue. Spe­cial guests are al­ways, al­ways spe­cial. All pro­ceeds to Dublin Si­mon Com­mu­nity. Smock Al­ley 6pm (sold out) smock­alley.com Also Thurs, Dublin

Honey-voiced Ir­ish singer. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

See Tues­day, Dublin. Vicar St 7.30pm vi­carstreet.ie

GAL­WAY

See Sun­day, Lim­er­ick. Róisín Dubh 9pm

roisin­dubh.net

LIM­ER­ICK

See Satur­day, Cork. Dolan’s Up­stairs 8pm

dolans.ie

WATER­FORD

See Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20, Kilkenny. Crys­tal (Water­ford town) 9pm

THURS­DAY 31 CA­VAN

Live mu­sic in ev­ery room of Ca­van’s au­gust Town Hall, fea­tur­ing mem­bers of - among oth­ers - Dead Can Dance, The Strypes, and BluTack and the Green­horns. Town Hall, Ca­van town 8pm town­hall­ca­van.ie

DUBLIN

Count­down to 2016, fea­tur­ing one of Ire­land’s best loved bands and mas­ter of the beat Fat­boy Slim. Other guests in­clude Lit­tle Hours, Kila, and Ryan Sheri­dan. 3Arena 8pm

tick­et­mas­ter.ie

. Vicar St 7pm vi­carstreet.ie

Prob­a­bly the most fun you can have on New Year’s Eve with­out tak­ing your clothes off. Whe­lan’s 8pm whe­lanslive.com

Blues, hard and soft, from Pyro, Pat Far­rell, John Quer­ney, and An­dre An­tunes. Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas St 9pm

Bye, bye 2015. Hello, hello, hello 2016, what’s all this, then? But­ton Fac­tory 10pm eventbrite.ie

Ir­ish band of the clas­sic kind – qual­ity fu­sion of Amer­i­cana, rock and pop. Leeson Lounge 9pm Adm free

See Wed­nes­day, Dublin. Smock Al­ley 6pm (sold out) smock­alley.com

GAL­WAY

Oh, they know how to throw a party, th­ese Gal­way peo­ple. Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

roisin­dubh.net

KERRY

The Lib­erty Belle and Dublin Town singer ring out the old. Sup­port is brother duo Hud­son Tay­lor. Ir­ish Na­tional Event Cen­tre, Kil­lar­ney 9pm

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