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Lisa Hannigan, Iarla O’Lionáird and Aoife Nessa Frances are playing gigs on the steps of Pepper Canister Church

Lisa Hannigan, Iarla O’Lionáird and Aoife Nessa Frances are playing gigs on the steps of Pepper Canister Church

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Lisa Hannigan, Iarla O’Lionáird and Aoife Nessa Frances are playing gigs on the steps of Pepper Canister Church as part of Selective Memory’s Am & Áit series in August.

The gigs take place:

Saturday August 21st
Lisa Hannigan and band

Sunday August 22nd
Iarla O’Lionáird
Aoife Nessa Frances


The gigs will take place outside the Pepper Canister Church, taking the road around it over so that the musicians can perform to an audience to a backdrop of the Georgian houses, a unique experience for a gig, in any year.

Each gig starts at 7.30pm each night and finishing by 10:30pm; and will be accompanied also by bespoke video art for each performance projected onto the front wall and dome of the church during the sets.

There will be 400 tickets sold for the fully seated shows with socially-distanced pods.

Tickets are €20 plus feeson sale only at selectivememory.ie this Tuesday 27th July at 9am.

“The last 16 months or so have seen all our lives changed hugely by the onset of covid, and obviously the live music industry has been one of those most effected. We’ve chosen to do an outdoor show partially to help create more employment with the infrastructure suppliers and employees who are the lifeblood of the outdoor events industry. And what better outdoor setting in the city centre than the spectacular beauty of the Pepper Canister Church. We have designed the shows and chosen artists that we feel appropriately reflect the unique setting. It must be said these shows are only possible with the funding from the Live Performance Support Scheme, which is helping keep our industry alive in these challenging times”

Declan Forde of Selective Memory

About the Pepper Canister Church

St Stephen’s Church, better known as Pepper Canister Church: this landmark location was one of the last of the Georgian churches built by the Church of Ireland in the early 1800s. St Stephen’s Church is fondly referred to by Dubliners as the Pepper Canister, the nickname derived from the shape of the spire. While still used as a place of worship, the venue has played host to some of Ireland’s finest musicians in the past, including The Gloaming, for whom Iarla O’Lionáird is the lead vocalist and lyricist.