Lisa Hannigan has teamed up with An Postto raise funds for the Dublin Simon Community via Lisa singing a cover of ‘The Christmas Waltz’ as sung by Frank Sinatra in 1954. The song is featured on the ad for An Post and all €1 purchases of the track go towards Simon.
On a similar tip, the Lost Brothers’ regal harmonic folk is perfect for Christmas as is evident here on their charity single ‘Little Angel’. All proceeds go towards UNICEF from the sale of the track or you can donate directly.
The track was first written in demo form, seven years ago in Portland until the pair wrote it on a rocky trip across the Irish sea. It was recorded with Sean Coleman at Gavin Glass’s Orphan Studios with The Frames’ Graham Hopkins on drums, Michael Buckley and Ronan Dooney on brass (Glen Hansard’s band) arranging the brass, bass by Keith Farrell and The Lost Brothers on vocals and guitars. The B-side ‘St. Christopher’ is equally festive, an ode to Liverpool.
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Shift present Die Hard @ The Sugar Club (€12 / €10 with costume) [Film/ 80s] Film screening followed by 80s rock tribute spectacle.
Barry McCormack @ The Cobblestone (€10) [Folk] Playing songs from his album Cut Throat Lane with his band.
Discovery Gospel Choir @ St. George and St. Thomas Church, Cathal Brugha Street (€18, WIN TICKETS) [Choir] Discovery is an intercultural gospel choir based in Dublin city centre with 35 members, representing 16 different nationalities. Also Friday and Saturday night.
Friday December 20th
Bell X1 @ Vicar Street (SOLD OUT) [Rock] Closing out another successful year.
Highlights: Le Galaxie, Action Bronson, State’s Midnight Mass with Skelocrats and more, Hidden Agenda’s Xmas Party with Frank B, Toby Kaar and Krystal Klear, Forward/Slash with Tara Masterson Hally, xxxy, On The Record presents 2013, Alex Metric, Twinkranes with Girls Names.
The Nialler9 Gig Guide is the weekly list of personally recommended Dublin gigs taking place over the next seven days published every Tuesday. It’s not intended to list all gigs taking place, but ones deemed the most interesting and unmissable. All times are 7:30/8:00pm unless stated. If you’re looking for tickets to sold out gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter.
Owensie’s second album Citizens (listen here) is definitely in my top five Irish albums of the year. Here’s a new Christmas song ‘The Old Breadline’ he recorded for the charitable benefit of St Gabriel’s School and Centre in Limerick.
It’s out today via Out On A Limb Records on iTunes and Bandcamp. Artwork by Darragh Nolan of Sacred Animals. More about St. Gabriel’s below.
Highlights: State’s Midnight Mass with Toby Kaar, Kool Thing, Little Xs For Eyes, Bitches With Wolves, Come On Live Long and more, Lisa Hannigan’s three headline gigs, Skream, Spies Seasonal Soiree, Loud Mouth Compilation Volume 3 Launch Party, The Jimmy Cake, POGO/HSSH’s Stephen’s Day Bash… Oh and Christmas.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of eyes every week.
Sent out to funders of her upcoming Goldmine project, Nina Hynes (with Fabien Leseure) covers a song from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (aka the best Christmas album ever). The album is three-quarters the way towards completion with vinyl copies promised for February/March.
A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.
A special bumper gig guide covering all Christmas and New Year’s Eve gigs of notice. If you know of any other relevant NYE events taking place stick them in the comments. A special mention for State’s third annual Midnight Mass with We Are Losers, We Cut Corners, Sleep Thieves plus three special guest bands also playing at The Mercantile on Wednesday 22nd. It’s FREEEEEEEE and kicks off at 9pm.
From the end of their Other Voices gig (my full review here) a couple of weeks ago and serving as a nice festive sneak peek into what’s to come in the new year, Hawley, Hannigan and Cocker perform ‘Silent Night’.
Amazing. Rage against the Machine appeared on BBC Radio 5 live this 9am morning to support the internet campaign to get ‘Killing in the Name Of’ to number one for Christmas. After a few minutes talk, the band played the song live and the inevitable happened…