THERE are loads of great gigs and events happening across Dublin in the coming week (see below), but a celebration of the late, great and utterly unique David Bowie stands out as a show not to be missed.
Taking place at The Olympia Theatre next Monday, January 15, Celebrating David Bowie – A Tribute sees long-time Bowie collaborator and recording keyboardist Mike Garson lead other experienced Bowie figures to present a show that’s not only a celebration of Bowie’s inimitable music, but also imagines what a 2018 tour by ‘The Thin White Duke’ himself might have been like.
With music played by some of the musicians who knew Bowie best, it promises to be a night to remember, with Dublin one of the few European cities that the largely US-touring show is also visiting.
Tickets priced €45-€51 are available now via Ticketmaster, the Olympia Box Office, and all usual outlets.
best of the rest
JANUARY 11 (Thursday)
Christy Moore @ Vicar Street, sold out
Ghost Accuser + Ger Fox Sailing + Runway Lights + Niamh Regan @ Workman’s Club, €8
The Manglers @ Grand Social, free
Michael Buckley’s ‘Dublin Standard Time’ @ Bruxelles, €10
JANUARY 12 (Friday)
Jarlath Regan @ Vicar Street, €25
Organek Dla Wosp @ Grand Social, €20
The Bionic Rats @ Grand Social, free
Delorentos host The Therapy Sessions
@ The Workman’s Club, €10
Kiernan McMullan + Aaron Shanley
@ Fibber Magee’s, free
Camelphat @ District 8, €20
JANUARY 13 (Saturday)
The Redneck Manifesto + Margie Jean Lewis @ Whelan’s, sold out
Instrumental rock band starring Jape make a rare return to the stage in what’s sure to be a loud, lairy yet brilliantly nuanced rock night out. They’re a Dublin treasure; catch them while they’re still around.
Silent Front + Hands Up Who Wants To Die @ Whelan’s Upstairs, free
Ewa Gigon, Workman’s Club, €10
Bone Machine plays the music of Tom Waits @ Grand Social, €10
The Hot Press Big: Rusangano Family + Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom and A. Smyth
@ Tramline, €12
Last year’s Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family are probably the best hip-hop act ever to come out of Ireland, and a fiery live act, full of bounce and not afraid to tackle big issues in their lyrics. The support’s not at all bad, either!
JANUARY 14 (Sunday)
The Dublin Blues Cartel @ Whelan’s, free
Mack Fleetwood @ Vicar Street, €25
JANUARY 16 (Tuesday)
6Lack @ The Olympia Theatre, €27-€29
Motionless In White @ The Academy, €26
God Mother +Ilenkus + Destriers
@ Whelan’s, €12
The Ruby Sessions – secret line up for charity @ Doyle’s, €6
You never know what you’re getting with the Ruby Sessions, but if you turn up every week, you’ll see pretty much everything worth seeing in Irish music. Turn up early to ensure entry, it’s ‘on the door’ only.
Pierce Turner @ The National Concert Hall, €25
JANUARY 17 (Wednesday)
This Is The Kit @ Whelan’s, €19