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Nialler9 presents a Christmas gig @ Pepper Canister Church with Glasshouse Ensemble & guests on December 17th

Nialler9 presents a Christmas gig @ Pepper Canister Church with Glasshouse Ensemble & guests on December 17th

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It’s an interesting time to be announcing a gig for this month but here we go.

Nialler9 is presenting a Christmas show at the Peppercanister Church on Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2 as part of the A Frosty Dawn series run by Cupola in association with Dublin City Council from December 17th to 22nd.

Seven shows will take place across the run and our show on Friday December 17th features our old favourites Glasshouse Ensemble playing their Christmas set drawn from across the shows they play – covering tunes from Kate Bush, Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more, richly arranged for a chamber orchestra and vocalists.

We last worked with Glasshouse on the two Sufjan Stevens shows in the Douglas Hyde Gallery so we are delighted to do something with them again.


As per the new government restrictions issued on Friday, these shows will operate at 50% seated capacity.

Support comes from rising Dundalk duo Negro Impacto who have made waves with their debut self-titled EP of vibey R&B music.

Tickets are on sale from €12 from both Ticketbooth and Eventbrite, and profits from the show will go towards Every Child Is Your Child, a school assistance fund for children living in direct provision.

All-ages are welcome.


Other nights of the series are curated by Homebeat, Selective Memory and Turning Pirate and feature a diverse lineup including Bronagh Gallagher, Richard Fearless, Glasshouse Ensemble, Scullion, The Keynotes and Ordnance Survey.

Richard Fearless‘ show on Wednesday December 22nd will be a debut of a live A/V show with Maxwell Sterling and Nick Powell. Support is from Fears.


A spectacular lighting and visual art installation will be projected onto the Pepper Canister Church illuminating the old Georgian street, heralding the start of the week-long series of gigs from 4pm till midnight each evening and representing a beacon of hope visible from much of the city centre and around.

The title A FROSTY DAWN is taken from Patrick Kavanagh’s poem ‘A Christmas Childhood’ and aims to evoke images of what this time of year means to people and how it brings people closer to their loved onesPatrick Kavanagh is of course immortalised in bronze a couple of hundred yards up the canal from the Pepper Canister, very close to where he wrote the poem in 1940.

Each curated show will breathe life back into this magnificent jewel in the heart of Georgian Dublin. The Pepper Canister Church has been of course closed for performances for most of the last 21 months, perhaps the most silent period of its 197-year history.

The 19th century church will also provide the most incredible acoustic experience for each of the performances taking place on the steps of the domed altar. As the sounds resonate naturally around the huge dome, concert goers will be treated to a bird’s eye view from the old oak pews where the congregation would have sat in yester years.  The bespoke light show for each gig will compound this near spiritual experience for music lovers.

The return to live music in the majestic Pepper Canister Church, an intimate and memorable location for A Frosty Dawn, make this an unmissable series of winter gigs – something we have all yearned for over the last years.

These series are part-funded by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

Ticket price start from €12 and varies for each gig  – all tickets available from www.afrostydawn.ie