Events - Irish Music & DanceLord Of The Dance: Dangerous Gameshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/LordOfTheDanceDangerousGamesMichael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games – a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece - has its Irish premiere at the O2 Arena, Dublin on 27th March 2015. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance. “I’m blown away by the remarkable talent and abilities of the great cast we’ve gathered.” says Flatley, adding “I’ve always wanted to dance at home in Ireland one more time and I couldn’t resist joining these future stars on stage for a couple of big numbers, we’re all very excited to take our show home.” With 200 plus dates planned across 15 countries over the next 18 months, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will travel to Belgium, Israel, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK – with additional dates and locations to be announced soon. Temple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. Redemption Songs: The Bob Marley Projecthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/redemption_songs_the_bob_marley_projectJoin the exceptional Liam Ó Maonlaí and acclaimed Belfast reggae band Bréag for a celebration of the legendary Bob Marley, innovatively translated into the Irish language. One of the 20th century’s most charismatic performers and still a beacon for change long after his death, Bob Marley’s songs advocated social reform and spiritual revolution, all while allowing his listeners to forget their troubles and dance. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again”. The evening will feature the very best of Marley’s music, from the cutting edge politics of So Much Trouble in the World to the hymnal No Woman, No Cry, and the sweet pop of Is this love? and Three little birds. Translated into exquisite Irish by renowned writer Gabriel Rosenstock, the performance will include stunning screen projections of Marley’s lyrics, created by Margaret Lonergan. Experience the power of Bob Marley’s soulful music and the beauty of the Irish language at this captivating performance. Kílahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/kila_pavilionThe world-renowned Kíla are bringing their own special brand of hip-shaking, smile-making, funky trad music to one of Ireland’s best loved venues – The Pavilion Theatre by Dún Laoghaire’s scenic harbour. Not content with just getting the grown ups’ toes tapping, Kíla also play their unique, interactive and eclectic show for kids in the afternoon. Having spent 2014 globetrotting between summer festivals in Ireland and gigs in the far-flung corners of Croatia, Austria and France, the band’s highlight so far was their incredible appearance at the Opening Ceremony of Ireland’s Special Olympics in People’s Park Limerick. Carrying the baton from acts such as Paddy Casey, they played a rousing set, culminating in a 10-minute piece that saw the Olympic flame being carried through the crowd to light the cauldron while the music built to an unforgettable uplifting crescendo. “Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kíla have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles. Brilliant!” Hot Press. Adults and children alike are assured an innovative, experiential and infectious performance from this incomparable ensemble. Matinee show Adult €10 Child €7 Family (4 people) €25 Evening show €16-18 Steeple Sessionshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/steeplesessions_2014Enjoy the best of Irish talent from every genre, spanning trad to world music, at the atmospheric Steeple Sessions this autumn.    An enigmatic series of acoustic candlelit concerts held in the beautifully ornate Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green, this are musical evenings with a difference. Every concert boasts a different line-up of Ireland’s very best musicians; including haunting unaccompanied sean nós singers, uilleann pipers, harpists, fiddlers and more. The venue’s incredible acoustics also add an extra dimension to these captivating performances. The calibre of Steeple Sessions’ program never disappoints, and 2014’s autumn line-up is no exception: Frankie Gavin and De Dannan - 5th September Máirtín O'Connor Trio - 12th September No Crows - 26th September Seán Keane - 3rd October The Voice Squad - 10th October De Dannan - 17th October Kila - 24th October Steeple Sessionshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/steeplesessions_2014Enjoy the best of Irish talent from every genre, spanning trad to world music, at the atmospheric Steeple Sessions this autumn.    An enigmatic series of acoustic candlelit concerts held in the beautifully ornate Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green, this are musical evenings with a difference. Every concert boasts a different line-up of Ireland’s very best musicians; including haunting unaccompanied sean nós singers, uilleann pipers, harpists, fiddlers and more. The venue’s incredible acoustics also add an extra dimension to these captivating performances. The calibre of Steeple Sessions’ program never disappoints, and 2014’s autumn line-up is no exception: Frankie Gavin and De Dannan - 5th September Máirtín O'Connor Trio - 12th September No Crows - 26th September Seán Keane - 3rd October The Voice Squad - 10th October De Dannan - 17th October Kila - 24th October Traditional Irish Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/TraditionalIrishExperienceExperience Irish culture at the ultimate Irish night! We won’t ask you to Riverdance but we do guarantee you will be able to play the bodhrán and céilí dance with ease by the end of the night! Our professional musicians will teach you how to play the bodhrán and our professional dancers will teach you the steps to our famous Irish Jigs and Reels. If you fancy a pint, the best of Dublin’s barmen will help you pour your own with every Guinness purchase. We will also have a photo booth to capture your experience. The Traditional Irish Experience will run in The River Bar on O’Connell Bridge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July until September.  Tickets Adult €14.00 Children €12.00 Students €12.00 Senior Citizens €14.00 Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Riverdance_20th_Anniversary_TourOf all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America. Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees theLiffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major returntour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China. With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members, with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales of the DVD, video and CD. Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: www.gaietytheatre.ie     The Dublin Singsong Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/dublin_singsong_showThink you know your Danny Boys from your Auld Triangles? Well, find out as you embark on a unique musical journey through the history of Ireland at The Dublin Singsong Show, every Friday at 7.00pm in The Stag’s Head. A one-of-a-kind performance, come and singalong with the aid of a free Irish Songbook, complete with beautiful illustrations and explanations of over 50 Irish songs. Discover the fascinating stories behind the songs, the people, the places and then have the craic as the whole audience sings their newly learned songs together. Host Denny O’Brien and a variety of Dublin’s best musicians will take you on this innovative musical exploration. Ideal for families, enjoy total immersion into the very best of the nation’s music, history and diverse culture. Discover music with origins in the Celtic and Viking eras, from time spent under British occupation and the songs sung during the War of Independence. All elements of Irish life and culture are accounted for - from mythical figures and magical kingdoms, to famous people and local legends, there’s a tune for everyone. Tickets Adults €12 Students €10 Children €5 Bodhran Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Bodhran_ExperienceTMBodhrán Experience™ is for you. “A highlight of our trip to Ireland” Trip Advisor, See reviews Take part in a true Irish experience, learn to play the Irish Drum and have great fun at the Bodhrán Experience™ With 30+ years experience we bring our own unique approach for all Groups; corporate activities, family gatherings, individuals and events in Ireland. We have developed the unique concept of easy rhythms. With our guidance, you will be playing the Bodhrán to a hornpipe in minutes. “The Beat of the Irish Drum will raise your spirit and give you great joy"  “Best fun in a long time”, “A great taste of Ireland”, “Everything you could imagine” If you’re visiting Dublin, come along for your 1st Drumming Experience, it’s for everyone, from 2 to 92, every Thursday night at 32 Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Booking is essential E-mail info@bodhranexperience.com to reserve your place. For group rates and bookings on any day, anywhere in Ireland contact us info@bodhranexperience.com 1st Drumming Experience From 6.00pm Price: €15.00 pps