MusicTown 2017 is a 10 day festival happening in Dublin city from April 7th to 17th by Dublin City Council and promoted by Aiken that aims to celebrate the music diversity of this town and city.
Already announced last month were a Nialler9 and Young Hearts Run Free BYOB show From Darkness to Light – an illuminating night of Irish music and creativity under a shroud of secrecy in DLight Studios on April 9th. Trust me, we can’t tell you but we’ve booked some great artists.
Other acts already playing are Chelsea Wolfe, Weyes Blood, PWR BTTM, Ryley Walker, Brady and Irvine: A Tribute feat. Radie Peat (Lynched), Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill, Ian Lynch (Lynched) and Landless and more.
Here are 8 more shows of interest in more detail:
SOUNDS OF THE SQUARE
Sounds of the Square showcases a living culture of music making in a unique and historic Dublin venue: the CIE Hall/Inchicore Sports and Social Club, which has been part of Dublin’s cultural fabric since the nineteenth century, and where musicians, singers, and other performers regularly come together to make live music. This evening will include an eclectic range of music from hip-hop artist Temper-Mental MissElayneous, song duo Peter Byrne and Conor Mahony, and one or two other surprises of large and small degree. Sounds of the Square is also a participatory event, open to all for an impromptu session, Dublin style.
Fri 7 April / 20:30 – CIE Hall, Inchicore Sports and Social Club, Inchicore, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 – tickets €10/ €5 available on the door
KATIE KIM AND CRASH ENSEMBLE: SALT INTERVENTIONS.
Katie has a long history of collaborations with a selection of Irish and international artists, this collaboration with Crash Ensemble builds on Katie’s collaborative nature but approaches it in a different manner concentrating on her newly finished third album ‘Salt’ which was released October of 2016 to critical acclaim. This performance offers an insight into Katie’s record giving the audience special arrangements composed by Dublin born composer Seán Clancy for Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group.
Sat 8 April / 20:00 – The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower – tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.com
KEVIN ROWLAND (DJ SET).
Kevin Rowland legendary frontman and artistic visionary of Dexys Midnight Runners will be guest of honour in The Grand Social on Saturday 8 April. One of the true, certifiable geniuses of British pop, Kevin is also a highly respected DJ. Presenting his own uniquely brilliant interpretation of the modern DJ set, Kevin expresses a deep love of known and neglected gems, thrillingly finding gaps within verses to occasionally add his own emotive vocals, he revels in the chance to underline the profound lyrics of overlooked singles. It’s a style that’s at once moving and truly inspiring. Special guest is Dublin DJ legend Dandelion.
Sat 8 April / 23:00 – The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower – tickets €10 from www.tickets.ie
Sounds Of Silents
Bottlenote and the Irish Film Institute presents SOUNDS OF SILENTS is a silent film programme drawn from collections at the IFI Irish Film Archive. This year’s selection of films has a distinct German inflection and includes a captivating array of Irish social, cultural and political life as represented in newsreels, ethnographic films and early documentaries from the early days of cinema to the 1950s. The programme will be accompanied by a series of improvised scores performed by six leading musicians working between the fields of Irish traditional, improvised and electronic music. Shane Latimer, Seán MacErlaine and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh will be joined by three musicians from the Ruhr area of Germany: Saxophonists Julius Gabriel and Florian Walter and electronic artist Achim Zepezauer.
Sat 8 April / 14:00 / 20:30 – The Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 – tickets €10-€12 from www.ifi.ie or IFI box office
DUBLIN LIVE MUSIC TRAIL AT MUSICTOWN.
Presented by First Music Contact in partnership with Dublin City Council and Visit Dublin these events will be day-time pop-up gigs featuring many of Dublin’s finest musicians. The acts performing at this year’s Live Music Trails will be Saramai, Maria Kelly, Damola, Train Room, Barq, Peppy, Cult Called Man, Young Earth, The Fontaines, Comrade Hat, Patrick Freeman, Tiz Mc Namara, Naoise Roo, Vulpynes, Brian Casey, Miles Graham, Aik J, Majia Sofia and Clarence Winter. These performances will take place in various pop-up venues such as Dublin Ink, Irish Design Shop and the Tourist Information Office on Suffolk Street, to name a few.
Sat 8 April & Sun 9 April / 12:00 – 17:00 – various venues – free admission events
JUST SIX DEGREES presents RICHIE EGAN (JAPE, THE REDNECK MANIFESTO).
Just Six Degrees is a web project based around the idea of inspiration. It asks each participant one question: who inspires you right now? For a very special live edition created for MusicTown, Just Six Degrees will ask this question to Richie Egan (Jape, The Redneck Manifesto). On the night, he will reveal who inspires him within music spheres and they in turn will be asked the question until a connection of six people/collectives is made. Expect a tune or two, video and unique insights into a world of inspiration all stemming from Richie as a starting point.
Mon 10 April / 20:00 – The Sugar Club, The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 – tickets €10 from www.eventbrite.ie
YUSSEF KAMAAL – FUTURE JAZZ SERIES.
Yussef Kamaal are shaped by the sound of London. Growing up in the city, they frame jazz within the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of the UK capital. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham. Comprised of keyboardist/producer Kamaal Williams and drummer Yussef Dayes, the duo are rhythmic improvisation incarnate. Taking their cues from ‘70s jazz-funk refracted through the bass-heavy sounds of London club culture, the pair have recently released their debut LP, Black Focus. Jazz is best experienced live and with Black Focus Yussef Kamaal have captured the unpredictable and at times fragmented intensity of the live experience on wax. This is the kind of record that inspires new listeners to explore unfamiliar sounds and musical histories; the kind of record that bodes very well for the future of British jazz.
Thurs 13 April / 19:30 – The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 – tickets €20 from www.sugarclubtickets.com
Like his mythological namesake, DAEDELUS – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. The LA producer is one of the most inventive working in the electronic field today with an already fantastic body with releases on seminal labels such as Plug Research, Anticon, Mush Records, Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune and Dublab right up to last year’s Labyrinths LP on his own imprint Magical Properties. Look out for special guests to be added to this bill.
Sat 15 April / 20:00 – The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 – tickets €15 from www.sugarclubtickets.com