Events - Concerts & GigsTemple 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. Elton John and his Bandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Elton_John_and_his_BandElton John has confirmed that he and the Band will return to Ireland later this year to play a Show at The O2 Dublin on 9 December.   Elton and the band will be playing classic album tracks from his incredible five-decade career, including many from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which will have its 40th Anniversary Special Edition release in March. Price: €65.45 - €106.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestrahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jools_Holland_and_his_Rhythm_and_Blues_OrchestraRaglane Entertainment presents JOOLS HOLLAND and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS and guest vocalists RUBY TURN  In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 20-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and four trombones.  Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra play to audiences in excess of 300,000 each year.  As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996, which includes the multimillion selling Jools and Friends series. Notable 'friends' have included Sting, Chrissie Hynde, George Harrison, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Bono, Joe Strummer, KT Tunstall, Robert Plant, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Solomon Burke, and many more. Price: €49.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Ed Sheeranhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ed_Sheeran  Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old’s debut “+” entered the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening week figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum in the UK. The singer/songwriter is also a two-time BRIT Award winner (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist), recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for The A Team and has gone on to become a genuine global phenomenon.  “+” has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum, and gold sales in different countries, including the U.S. where his international smash “The A-Team” has been certified 2x-platinum and received a prestigious “Song Of The Year” GRAMMY nomination. His ever-growing stateside fan base has resulted in back-to-back, sold-out headlining tours of North America.  After hitting arenas and stadiums around the country as main support on Taylor Swift’s North American RED Tour, Sheeran returned to New York City for a trio of sold-out headlining shows at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.  Hand-picked by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, Sheeran wrote, produced, and recorded “I See Fire,” an original song for the New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures film “The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug.”  Sheeran capped off his amazing year with a pair of nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including one for “Best New Artist’’ Says Sheeran: “I can't wait to tour this new record, it's been a long time coming. Looking forward to touring the UK and Ireland once again!’’ Price: €42.55 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie       Hard Working Class Heroeshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hard_Working_Clas_HeroesHard Working Class Heroes is a music festival with a difference. No porta-loos, no leaky tents and no trying to watch your favourite band through a sheet of bone-chilling rain. Last year saw the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival, an initiative that aims to give support to creative tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders were able to avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a bonus element to the already jam packed festival. Need to be convinced of the credentials of this festival? Recent alumni include The Strypes, Villagers and Fionn Regan. Highlilghts from last year’s crop of exciting new talent included Daithí: the fiddle-house fusion boy wonder, Choice Music Prize nominees: Tieranniesaur, who brought their own blend of indie disco pop to the table, and Hozier who exploded onto the scene this year and managed to pack out The Button Factory for his stellar set. If you take pleasure from boasting about seeing an act 'before they were famous,' then this is the festival for you. An Evening with Joan Baezhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/An_Evening_with_Joan_BaezJoan has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. In addition to multiple tours of the US and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan’s 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame and the presentation to her of the inaugural Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty Interna­tional tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.  She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war.  Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day. Amongst the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007).  Day After Tomorrow, her 2008 album was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound. Price: €49.65 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie James Taylorhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/James_TaylorOver the course of his song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Taylor last played the UK & Ireland in the Summer of 2011 to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Price: €60.45 - €86.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Ukulele Hooley by the Seahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ukulele_HooleyDun Laoghaire will host the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea. It brings together some of the world's best ukulele talent and entertainers to celebrate their love and passion for the tiny instrument that is currently the world's biggest selling instrument. There will be ukulele master classes, a "Grand ukulele public busk" and open air ukulele open mic concert for players who want to show their skills. But the show piece event of the weekend is a FREE day long ukulele concert on Sunday at the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring the some of the best ukulele performers from round the World. For more details check out our website ukulelehooley.com Its a fantastic day out for the whole family and you might win yourself a ukulele in a raffle! The Garth Brooks Comeback Specialhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Garth_Brooks_Comeback_Special_EventGARTH BROOKS was in Dublin this January to make a very special announcement in person. Standing in Croke Park, the location of his now legendary sell out concerts in 1997, Garth Brooks announced that he would be returning to that same venue in July 2014 for two very special performances. The shows, two special performances before his worldwide tour which is due to start later this year, are called The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event. Over four nights in Croke Park Dublin, Garth and his fans will celebrate his legendary career - a career which saw him named the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, sell in excess of 128 million albums and receive every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Speaking of the announcement Garth Brooks said, "Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew.  In '97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again...this time to the brink.'...and we're back to do just that.” Price: €65.45 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie The Nationalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_National_2014Secial Guest: Owen Pallett When The National performed to an ecstatic audience at the Marquee last June they walked off stage and immediately asked ‘Can we do this again next year?’ such was the electricity of the occasion. They followed that show with a sold-out 02 in Dublin in November proving indie-rock bands can step up to arenas and still have the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. The lyrical soul-searching intelligence you hear on The National’s records takes on an intense almost frenzied dimension when performed live. It’s impossible not to be moved by Matt Beringer’s raw animation. The National released their sixth album Trouble Will Find Me last May, entering the US album charts at #3 and from there filtering out into the hearts and minds of a gently multiplying global fanbase. When you see them perform live it’s easy to see why their slow-build popularity is so consistent; they give everything to their performance, from the inventive string arrangements to the beautiful balance of soulful sad songs and abrasive rock songs to the brilliant visual backdrop and the magnetism of their possessed front man. “It's the subtlety, and the self-awareness, that make this album exquisite.” – The Guardian  Price: €42.05 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Longitudehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/LongitudeIT'S MORE THAN JUST A MUSIC FESTIVAL... Previous concerts in Marlay Park have taken place in one particular section of the grounds but MCD insist that Longitude will be spread across the rolling hills of the park, with art installations and more scattered across the grounds and into the woods. Line-up for Longitude 2014: Ben Howard | Disclosure | James Vincent McMorrow | Bastille | Haim | Chvrches | Hozier | Sam Smith | Bonobo | John Talabot | Julio Bashmore | Cyril Hahn | Le Galaxie | Bondax | Roosevelt | Bombay Bicycle Club | First Aid Kit | Icona Pop | George Ezra | Koreless | Massive Attack | Rudimental | The 1975 | Banks | Parquet Courts | Krystal Klear | O Emperor | Eagulls | Ry X | Say Lou Lou | Son Lux | Josef Salvat | Samaris Click here for more information Little Green Carshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Little_Green_Cars_IveaghChoice Music Prize nominees Little Green Cars have announced their first dates of 2014 including their biggest headline show to date as they take over the exquisite surrounds of the city centre’s very own secret garden, The Iveagh Gardens. They also return to Cork and Galway where they played electrifying sold shows in the Roisin Dubh and The Pavilion. The Dublin band enjoyed great success this year with their no #1 debut album Absolute Zero on Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix) and a completely sold out run of Irish dates including two nights at Vicar Street. The band released three singles, The John Wayne, Harper Lee & My Love Took  Me Down to the River to Silence Me to great acclaim and heavy radio coverage in Ireland. They were invited to perform at key American festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza as well trips to Australia and tours of UK, mainland Europe and North America and a guest spot on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Price: €28.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie     Christy Moorehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christy_Moore_IveaghChristy Moore has confirmed a very special outdoor concert at Iveagh Gardens on Friday July 11th. The Iveagh Gardens is commonly referred to as Dublin City’s “hidden treasure” or “best kept secret” - a beautifully designed public park tucked in between the busy Harcourt Street thoroughfare and the National Concert Hall Christy will be joined onstage by Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, Jim Higgins and Cathal Hayden. Price: €44.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie The Sisters of Mercyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Sisters_of_Mercy“a lean glittering groove machine for the new millennium, leaving the sullenly anachronistic reformations of their contemporaries far behind.” – Metal Hammer   One of the more innovative rock bands of the 1980s, Andrew Eldritch’s The Sisters of Mercy have not committed themselves to record since the early 1990s. They originally ceased in an act of protest against their recording company who they finally parted ways with in 1997. Instead, the band continue to tour, perform new material and fan favourites from a relatively small yet influential back catalogue. The shows are noted for their spectacular retina-blasting light-shows.   There were three Sisters album, each one with a different line-up and with the only constants being Eldritch as primary songwriter and Doktor Avalanche the drum machine. The three albums – First and Last and Always, Floodland and Vision Thing – are all considered classics in their own right. Equally influential though was the 1983 6-song EP The Reptile House. It remains a mystery whether Eldritch will ever record as The Sisters of Mercy again. The current line-up also features Chris Catalyst and Ben Christo on guitars. Price: €35.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie The Ben Folds Orchestra Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Ben_Folds_Orchestra_Experience Multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter Ben Folds will perform on July 8th with a chamber orchestra in Dublin’s National Concert Hall as part of his 2014 global orchestral tour.  Billed as “The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience,” the artist will feature his new classical piano concerto as well as a litany of his pop hits arranged for orchestral performances. Folds was the front man of Ben Folds Five before going on to have a successful solo career.  A critically acclaimed celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. In addition to numerous albums and a recent reunion tour with Ben Folds Five, Folds has recorded multiple studio albums as well as records documenting his renowned live performances.  Folds, serves on the Board of the Nashville Symphony and owns the famous RCA Studio A in Nashville where legendary music from all genres, including Grammy-winning symphony albums, have been recorded. For more than a decade, Folds has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including record-breaking sell-out Australian symphonic shows, repeatedly sold out shows at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, and at the Boston Pops. In 2012, Folds was commissioned to compose his first classical piano concerto, and this year he will feature it in his orchestral performances throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Folds is a member of the distinguished Artist Committee for Americans For The Arts, and is also an outspoken advocate for music therapy and music education. Price: €25.00 and €40.00 Booking: www.nch.ie Kanye West & Pharrell Williamshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Kanye_West_Pharrell_Williams21-time Grammy Award®-winner Kanye West returns to Ireland for the first time since his Watch The Throne tour dates with Jay Z in 2012, the highest grossing tour in hip-hop history. His 8th studio album “YEEZUS” was the most critically acclaimed new album of 2013 and the 6th consecutive #1 album of Kanye’s storied career. West – a legendary live performer - combines state-of-the-art staging, production, and lighting design with his unmatched aesthetic, visionary creative mind, and an increasingly impressive catalogue of hits spanning his decade-long career. To date, Kanye West has sold over 21 Million albums and over 66 Million digital tracks worldwide. Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. His smash hit single “Happy” is undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the year. As well as hitting the #1 spot on the iTunes Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the charts in more than 175 countries, selling more than 2.3 million downloads worldwide while also becoming the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. Earlier this year Pharrell took home four GRAMMY® awards, including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Pharrell has won a career-spanning total of seven GRAMMYs. Price: €59.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Biffy Clyrohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Biffy_CylroBiffy Clyro will play as part of a series of unique shows which take place in the intimate and historic setting of Royal Hospital Kilmainham. After a phenomenal summer which saw the band play their first headline sets at Reading, Leeds and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Biffy Clyro again triumphed with prestigious awards including Best Album for ‘Opposites’ from both Q and Kerrang!, as well as a Live Music Award for Best Festival Performance for their stunning set at Reading. The trio have concluded 2013 with their biggest tour of mainland Europe to date, and will commence 2014 with a West Coast tour of the United States and Canada, as well as Australia’s touring Soundwave Festival. Price: €44.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   The Coronashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The Coronas_2014The Coronas are the second artists to be confirmed as part of a series of unique shows which take place in the intimate and historic setting of Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The Coronas are one of Ireland’s biggest and best loved rock bands. Their high energy live shows and repeat hit albums have earned them a massive following of loyal fans. They have shared stages with superstars Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi at huge venues such as Slane Castle & The RDS. Price: €39.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Elbowhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ElbowElbow are delighted to announce details of a special performance at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 25 June 2014. Elbow are the first artists to be confirmed as part of a series of unique shows which take place in the intimate and historic setting of Royal Hospital Kilmainham,  Price:€49.50 Booking:www.ticketmaster.ie   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     Imelda Mayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Imelda_MayImelda May returns with her new album, ‘Tribal’ out on Decca this June & announces two Vicar St headline shows. “May is undoubtedly a star who deserves all the accolades that she gains” – Metro, Jan 2014 “A whipcracker of a voice … dangerously rocking” –  Guardian "A genuinely great voice that revs like a hot rod at the start line” – MOJO Ireland’s reigning queen of rockabilly, the truly unique Imelda May, is back with a brand new album, entitled Tribal, and a highly-anticipated tour. Since the release of her raucous debut, Love Tattoo, back in 2009, Imelda has been one of the most strikingly original talents in the music arena, taking her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, blues and torch songs from the back rooms of Dublin pubs to the biggest festivals in the world.  Next up was the double gold album Mayhem in 2010, which she took on the road bringing some   good old-fashioned rock’n’roll spirit to audiences worldwide. With her live shows widely acclaimed, she has picked up fans as diverse as Jools Holland, Jeff Beck and Bono who dueted with her at 2 sold out 02 shows in Dublin 2011.  Far from mellowing with motherhood Imelda sizzles more than ever with her leather-clad attitude, returning with a brand new album of hard-edged anthems. Imelda is pinning her colours to the mast with music which celebrates the great rock’n’roll sub-culture and her own ‘Tribal’ allegiances.  Price: €40.00 Booking; www.ticketmaster.ie Jurassic 5http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jurassic 5To the delight of the global hip-hop community LA’s renowned hip-hop collective JURASSIC 5 reformed after a long hiatus for last year’s Coachella Festival with the original line-up of Cut Chemist, Nu-Mark, Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir and Mark 7even and they proceeded to tear it up in the blazing desert sun.  In their review, the Los Angeles Times noted that “Jurassic 5 provided a critical reminder of how durable hip-hop can be when done correctly.” Now Jurassic 5 are returning to Europe to remind you how it’s done. In the mid-90s J5 picked up the mantel of intelligent, funky, positive-thought hip-hop from the preceding Native Tongues movement spearheaded by De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. A debut EP featuring the stone-cold street classic Concrete Schoolyard and new style of playful and retro-infused turntablism and harmonising pass-the-mic rapping instantly became a cult classic.   The subsequent LPs – 2000′s Quality Control, 2002′s Power In Numbers and their last album 2006′s Feedback – helped J5 reach an audience way beyond the confines of hip-hop culture to spread the magic to a broader global audience.  Price: €36.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Let it Behttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Let_it_BeCome Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with LET IT BE, the spectacular concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits! Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.  ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ Daily Telegraph Relive The Beatles meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!   ‘You won’t get better than this West End show!’ Sunday Mirror! Price: €18.00 - €49.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Big Gay Singhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Big_Gay_Singin aid of MARRIAGE EQUALITY Glória, Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir and The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus in association with The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are bringing the hugely successful Big Gay Sing to Dublin for one night only on Sunday June 15th 2014. This spectacular all singing event which will be hosted by Panti promises to be the biggest, gayest, and most fabulous singing extravaganza ever seen on these shores! Big Gay Sing Dublin: Club Night Out! will feature sing-a-long club classics from the 70s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Guests are encouraged to get their disco glad rags on and dress for a club night out in the era of their choice. Throughout the show, lyrics will be projected on a big screen above the chorus. Get ready to ‘follow the bouncing ball’ and sing along to hot club hits by Daft Punk, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pink and Rihanna, as well as cult classics by ABBA, Cher, Scissor Sisters, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and many more!  The Big Gay Sing promises to be a campy fun evening that encourages everyone to channel their inner disco queen! All proceeds for this event will be donated to Marriage Equality. Price: €25.00 - €125.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   The Felice Brothershttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Felice_Brothers“Rowdy, vivid, moving and playful, The Felice Brothers is just glorious.” UNCUT The Felice Brothers are a close-knit band consisting of brothers Ian and James Felice alongside their friend Joshua Rawson, fiddle player Greg Farley and drummer Dave Estebrook. They are self-taught, not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in New York City subway stations.  Previous albums have been featured in Esquire, Filter, The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Time Out New York and Uncut, to name a few.  The Felice Brothers have recently toured with The Killers and Mumford & Sons and made appearances at Newport Folk Festival, End of The Road Festival, and Bonnaroo. The Felice Brothers' new album will be released Summer 2014 on Dualtone Records.  Price: €20.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Dolly Partonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dolly_PartonIconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON announces the ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’ will travel across the pond in 2014 for June and July concerts in Europe making a welcome return to Ireland to play shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.   Dolly’s latest studio album of all new material “Blue Smoke” will be released worldwide on Dolly Records with a release date to be announced soon.  “Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago.  I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton.  “We always have such a good time and I’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love.  We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not.  If they’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.” Price: €58.65 - €96.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie     Cliff Richardhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Cliff_RichardCelebrating his 55th anniversary in the music business this year, Cliff Richard is indisputably Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker – the ultimate pop star!   No other UK band or solo artist is even close to equalling his 100 Album Releases, 123 single hits, or can claim to have occupied a place in the charts for the equivalent of over 20 years! Amidst a flurry of publicity Cliff has just released his 100th album 'The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook' on 11 November 2013. This new studio album of 15 great rock 'n' roll tracks was recorded live at the Blackbird Studio and The Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, and is Cliff's tribute to the greats of rock 'n' roll who inspired and influenced him, such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Sir Cliff released his debut album in 1959, and has since released 46 studio albums, seven soundtracks, 11 live albums and 35 compilations.  Highlights of this remarkable career are too numerous to mention, but successful films, musicals, concert tours and television shows have all contributed to the Cliff Richard legend. Price: €54.65 - €76.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie     Toumani & Sidiki Diabatéhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Toumani_Sidiki_DiabatWe are delighted to welcome two-time Grammy-winning Toumani Diabaté, celebrated as one of Africa’s most gifted musicians and the greatest kora player in the world. More than anyone, Toumani is responsible for bringing the glorious sounds of the kora, a West African 21-string harp, to audiences everywhere. Hailing from a family of exceptional griots and musicians, his musical pedigree extends back over 700 years and 71 generations of kora players, but he is also a fearless explorer and has collaborated across the musical spectrum with artists including the late, great Ali Farka Toure, blues legend Taj Mahal, Damon Albarn and Bjork. For this very special concert he shares the stage with his son, rising kora star 22-year-old Sidiki Diabaté. ‘magnificent’ – The Guardian ‘He’s the sort of player you only encounter once in a lifetime...on a par with Glenn Gould or Rostropovich.’ – Lucy Duran, BBC Radio 3 ‘a performance that surpasses anything…for sheer scale of ambition and technical achievement.’ – The Independent ‘The world's finest exponent of the kora…historic, a sublime reminder that Diabaté is a star, not just by western, but by global standards.’ – The Guardian Price: €16.00 - €34.00 Booking: www.nch.ie Forbidden Fruit Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Forbidden_Fruit_FestivalDates To be confirmed Forbidden Fruit is a multi - stage music festival in Dublin city centre 'A festival like this has been a long time coming, one that combines music, art, fashion and simple good vibes into a two-day city-based event' (Irish Times). The two-day event, set to take place in the grounds of IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on May 31- 1st 2014. More details to be announced War On Drugshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/War_O_nDrugsThe War On Drugs released a new album Lost in the Dream  on March 18th on Secretly Canadian    The first single to emerge from the album is Red Eyes, a brilliant ethereal rock song that sets the anticipation for the rest of the album sky-high. Click here to have a listen    The album release coincides with three European shows in Dublin, London and Manchester. The War On Drugs previously played a rapturously received sold-out show at Whelan’s Dublin in 2012. Price: €20.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Camera Obscurahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Camera_Obscura“Camera Obscura are in a league of their own.” Q ****   “Desire Lines is the immaculately conceived album they’ve always threatened to make.” MOJO ****   “One of the finest things these underrated Glaswegians have ever recorded.” Uncut ****   “An album of zen country soul.” The Scotsman ****     Nearly eight months since releasing fifth album Desire Lines, Camera Obscura are set to return from maternity leave with new tour dates and a one-off release for Record Store Day and a long overdue return to Dublin.  Entitled Session EP, the 4-track 7” comprises l’ve audio taken from the 4AD Session Camera Obscura recorded in their hometown of Glasgow last summer. Choosing the Tron Theatre as its setting, the building’s 16th century clock tower remains one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. With all songs featured lifted from Desire Lines, the live performance was originally shot by seasoned 4AD Session collaborators Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.Session EP is released on April 20th 2013 for Record Store Day. Price: €22.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   An Intimate Evening with New Kids on the Blockhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/An_Intimate_Evening_with_New_Kids_on_the_BlockComprised of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, New Kids on the Block have sold 80 million albums worldwide and dominated airwaves with a bevy of hits such as "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", "Cover Girl", "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", "Hangin' Tough", "I'll Be Loving You", "Step By Step", and "Tonight". After 15 years out of the spotlight, the 21st century saw the boys from Boston stage one of the biggest and most anticipated reunions of all time. In 2008, they officially revealed their return on The Today Show. Their long-awaited and hotly anticipated return album, The Block, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and the supporting tour reached a cumulative audience of over one million people. In 2013, the release of their sixth studio album ‘10’ debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200, and to mark their continuing success, New Kids on the Block will receive a coveted start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late 2014.   Announcing the European dates, the band said: “We've played arenas, and stadiums, all over the world in the last 6 years.  Yet, some of our best concerts have been in the most intimate of venues, where we are closer to our amazing fans.  In fact, we all agree that London's Hammersmith Apollo was without question one of our favorite concerts ever!  This tour gives us a chance to have that intimacy with our fans again.  To get up close and intimate with the best fans in the world". Price: €44.00 - €70.45 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   One Directionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/One_DirectionTickets on sale Saturday 25th May 2013 at 10:00am Record-breakers across the globe and stars of their own forthcoming 3D concert movie, the world's biggest pop band, One Direction, today announce the first legs of an incredible stadium tour for 2014 including a concert at Croke Park on Saturday 24th May. Fans globally have patiently been watching the #1BigAnnouncement site countdown for the last week, and today the first set of dates can be revealed. Set to stop in stadiums all around the world, the band kick off in Latin America in April before returning home to the UK and Ireland. Dublin City Soul Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_City_Soul_Festival_2014‘Dublin City Soul Festival'  is a celebration of peace, unity & love‘ is Ireland’s feel-good festival, a unique annual celebration. Last years Dublin City Soul Festival featured loads of exciting events to choose from and what’s more most of them were FREE for you to enjoy because as the old saying goes…”the best things in life are free”  Favourites included: The Soul Picnic - a little piece of magic in association with Dublin City Council. Enjoy the world’s best music concert in a picnic style starring an exciting line-up of amazing local, national and international artists. Much more than a music event, enjoy tasty treats and BBQ food from our picnic vendors. Entry is free, but don’t forget to make a donation. Love the City Music Trail- Mosey along the Dublin streets, moving from venue to venue checking out all the fantastic entertainment on offer or find your favourite venue, band or DJ and get comfy. Savour a relaxing beverage in a quaint bar or cafe while enjoying an acoustic set from one of our solo artists or duets, then stroll a little further down the road and submerge yourself in a full on musical experience that will guarantee to have you out on the floor shaking your tail feather! (Warning: comfortable dancing shoes required) As you make your way along the friendly Dublin streets you’ll be amazed by the exciting on-street entertainment from our Soul Festival buskers and street artists! See also: www.dublincitysoulfestival.com Hospitalityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/HospitalityThe angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papini's idiosyncratic songwriting and incisive lyrics coupled with the band's rich arrangements on their self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now. From the opening phrase of "Eighth Avenue," guitar hooks are balanced with a cultivated melody. Papini's singing has a wisp of an English accent via Kansas City (she learned to sing by imitating Richard Butler on The Psychedelic Furs' Talk Talk Talk) and her lyrics create a moonstruck, even cinematic vision of New York City, where the band formed in 2007. The production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) and band member Nathan Michel (guitar, drums, keyboards), who released his share of experimental "bedroom" pop, culminating in 2005's The Beast (Skipp/Sonig), imbues the entire record with an intimate yet prodigious sound, layering period keyboards with horns, synthesizers, and treated guitars. Price: €12.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Steeleye Spanhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Steeleye_SpanFolk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are celebrating 45years with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on a record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2014 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever.   “Don't miss them...” - The Independent   Steeleye Span are an English folk-rock band formed in 1969. Still active today, along with Fairport Convention, they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat". They had three Top 40 albums; they achieved a certified gold record with sales of "All Around My Hat".   Throughout their history, Steeleye Span have seen many personnel changes but have maintained a strong continuity of tradition. Their typical album is a collection of mostly traditional songs with one or two instrumental tracks of jigs and/or reels added; the traditional songs often include some of theChild ballads. In their later albums there has been an increased tendency to include music written by the band members, but they have never got completely away from traditional music, which draws upon pan-British traditions. Price: €31.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie The Blind Boys of Alabamahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Blind_Boys_of_Alabama‘A superweapon of roots music uplift…’  Rolling Stone ‘Inspired and relevant…borders on the miraculous’  Washington Post The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music. Winning five Grammy Awards and four Gospel Music awards since the year 2000 alone, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Their live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them around the world. Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act, an Irish gospel choir or ensemble, has been selected through Waltons World Masters’ third nationwide Gospel & Soul Competition! Price: €19.80 - €50.00 Booking: www.nch.ie Mutual Benefithttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Mutual_BenefitThe songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While the album is certainly Lee’s brainchild, the recordings are very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way. Love’s Crushing Diamond was initially going to be a cassette-only self-release. Then some friends offered to start a label and press a limited edition 250 LP run. However, as the the Bandcamp posting of the album received growing recognition, Other Music Recording Co. offered to take the reigns for the proper release this record deserves. Not a moment too soon, as Love’s Crushing Diamond became the first-ever Bandcamp release to be named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork, and earned a “Band to Watch” feature on Stereogum.  Price: €14.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   John Cooper Clarkehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/John_Cooper_Clarke_ Vicar Street“I’m not the one who will have his life turned into legend. It won’t be me… It will be John Cooper Clarke.” – Tony Wilson “My hero.” – Alex Turner “You either love him or you’ve never heard of him. For me, he is an inspiration.” – Bill Bailey POET; MOVIE STAR; ROCK STAR; TV & RADIO PRESENTER; COMEDIAN; SOCIAL AND CULTURAL COMMENTATOR. Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet. John is as vital now as he was in the 70s; His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. He began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to frequently support JCC and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour. In 1978 JCC signed a major album deal with CBS Records. His records with the Invisible Girls, produced by Martin Hannett, are acknowledged as masterpieces. The unique fusions of JCC’s poems and The Invisible Girls’ highly original music, created influential records still name checked by people as diverse as Alex Turner, Stewart Lee, Billy Bragg, Bill Bailey, Paul Morley, Jarvis Cocker and Steve Coogan. He also released a massive collection of his poetry and words “Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt”, which became the bestselling poetry book of the1980s, and is reprinted every few years His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and John’s work appears on the sleeve of one of their singles as well as Turner having a JCC tattoo. UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut “Ill Manors“. Their duet Pity The Poor Fellow appears in the movie and on the soundtrack. JCCs recording of Evidently Chickentown was used in the penultimate closing scene of, “The Sopranos“. John plays himself in Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division biopic “Control“. The punk revival has seen a whole new generation clamouring over John’s work and saw his star rocket once again. Continuing to write new work from his Essex home, he has a plethora of new poems and monologues which he performs solo, alongside his best known works such as Beasley Street and Evidently Chickentown. His shows are always packed and his audience always leave ecstatic. Price: €29.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie     Suggs My Life Story in Words and Musichttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Suggs_My_Life_Story_in_Words_and_Music“I've just turned 50, the kids have left home, and my cat just died.”  In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force playing to rave reviews.  The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftiethbirthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.  Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970's Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen...  Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure.. then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success! WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND UNCALLED FOR INTERJECTION FROM DEANO, HIS LOYAL MANSERVANT-CUM-PIANIST ‘One of the most original and engaging shows I've seen’ Mark Lawson – The Guardian. Price: €28.00/€30.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie         Pat Coldrick at Dublin Unitarian Churchhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Pat_Coldrick_at_Dublin_Unitarian_ChurchSome of Ireland's finest musicians will perform special concerts this spring in aid of the Dublin Unitarian Church's Organ Restoration Project. Ranging from jazz to classical guitar via Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer, the concerts in this beautiful city centre venue will run in Feburary, March and May, with special season tickets available for all three concerts. Irish Organbuilder Trevor Crowe has just begun work on the beautiful 1911 JW Walker Pipe Organ, and the profits from the performances will help complete it. The season closes on Friday May 9th with the exquisite sound of Pat Coldrick on guitar. His beautiful flowing classical style, which also draws on jazz and new age music, has been heard in sold-out performances in Ireland and abroad, and on regular airplay of his debut CD Cayendo. He is now recording his second CD, thanks to a successful Fundit campaign, which yielded 110% of its target fund. Price: €15.00. €40.00 for 3 concert season ticket Booking: www.dublinunitarianchurch.org   We Cut Cornershttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/We_Cut_CornersThe critically acclaimed debut album Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year 2011. We Cut Corners have toured with The Maccabees, Villagers, Bell X1 and Frightened Rabbit amongst others.  We Cut Corners release their second album, Think Nothing on 25th April on Delphi. What the press said about the Choice Prize Nominated Debut Album... The Irish Times **** "'Three People', 'The Leopard' and 'A Pirate's Life' echo The Frames and Conor O'Brien (Villagers) in their ebbs and flows, while 'Go Easy' is a magnificent, heartwarming thrill" The Sunday Times (album of the week) "This album reinforces the notion that any party of two with the right rock ethos can strut and stomp their way around any stage armed with just a mean set of lungs, some drums and a guitar….We Cut Corners have created something that will stick for all the right reasons" The Sunday Business Post **** "The folksy sensibility of Villagers is combined with the raw power of the White Stripes, while the memorably acerbic and skilfully crafted lyrics prove that there's brains behind that muscle…it heralds the arrival of a compelling new voice in Irish rock" Hot Press 4 **** "The lyrics are great throughout, reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian at their most sweetly caustic" Price: €15.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Dimitri from Parishttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dimitri_from_ParisHidden Agenda Presents Dimitri From Paris Support:Get Down Edits  We'll be polishing off the disco balls in The Button Factory on May 3rd with Dimitri From Paris making his first Dublin appearance for 9 years! He's a REAL legend of house and disco music, hosting France's first house music radio show in 1986 and making his breakthrough in 1996 with his debut album Sacrebleu. Expect a seriously fun set from a real master of his craft. Support comes from the fantastic Get Down Edits! Price: €13.50 Booking: www.buttonfactory.ie   Tigran Hamasyanhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Tigran_HamasyanA truly original jazz talent, pianist, composer and singer Tigran Hamasyan came to Ireland for the first time in 2012, at the age of 24, to perform a solo concert for the World Masters series of astonishing range and depth, including pieces plucked from his Verve/Universal debut, A Fable – see Tigran Hamasyan (2012). That album and concert included strikingly original compositions not only strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition but also by the American jazz tradition. For his return to Ireland, Tigran will perform music from his acclaimed follow-up album, Shadow Theater, with saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. On that album Tigran explores new avenues – both sonic and electronic – drawing on sources as diverse as Madlib, Sigur Rós and Steve Reich and enticing us into his imaginary world of characters. Tigran describes his new work as ‘a minimal, false world… but a world that expresses truth through that lie’, and the album has a unique, dream-like quality. Shadow Theater is yet another step forward in an extraordinary career. In it Tigran seamlessly blends electronic loops with traditional material in such a way that the listener never quite knows which direction a piece will take. Rather like an illusion, blink and you’ll miss it! Price: €33.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Mama Kin and Jenn Granthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Mama_Kin_and_Jenn_GrantTwo world-class songstresses, Mama Kin (Aus) and Jenn Grant (Canada) unite under one roof in Whelan’s, Dublin 29th April 2014.   Australian soulstress and ARIA nominee Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. Her bittersweet melodies soar with stomping piano and swampy beats, all the while traversing the riotous, the raw and the intimate.  Mama Kin’s critically acclaimed album The Magician's Daughter, released in Ireland on 25th April, is set to firmly solidify her worldwide reputation as a purveyor of foot-stomping bass lines and ballads of open-hearted tenderness. Mama Kin has shared stages nationally and internationally with the likes of Ani di Franco, John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire and The Waifs. As mischievous as she is charming, Mama Kin is renowned for her stirring live shows, where storytelling, intimacy and community reign.   "It exists in the soulful place where art meets the world" The Sydney Morning Herald "excellent, soulful and feisty"  The West Australian   “definitely my favourite and most inspiring album of the year so far”  Triple J Magazine "lashings of pop nous" Rolling Stone     Described as Canada’s East Coast nightingale, Jenn Grant has made the Polaris Long List, been nominated for a Juno, graced the covers of newspapers across her native Canada and performed across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia and appeared at numerous festivals including Primavera Sound, SXSW and Big Sound. Jenn has also collaborated on several tracks with fellow Canadian, experimental artist, MC and Turntablist, Buck 65. Jenn’s forthcoming EP is set for release this  April.  “Like the Arcade Fire fronted by a redheaded Feist. The PEI native may have been the best kept secret at HPX,”-Exclaim   “no one can sing quite like the sublime Grant” -Globe and Mail Price: €15.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Rosanne Cashhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Rosanne_Cash“Cash paints her masterpiece.” 10/10 UNCUT “It’s inconceivable that there will be a more beautiful album than this in 2014.” - ELTON JOHN “If we believed in an hereditary monarchy, it would be easy to imagine Rosanne Cash inheriting an imaginary crown from her father. Such is the majesty of this final part of her trilogy inspired by Johnny Cash’s death in 2003.” - ***** THE IRISH TIMES – ALBUM OF THE WEEK   The River & The Thread, Cash's new album is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters – from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few – this is a completely contemporary collection.  The River & The Thread follows 2009’s The List, which was named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association and nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards.   “If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one,” says Cash of The River & The Thread, which is a marked departure from her earlier works.  She was joined in the studio by a cast of friends and fellow musicians who also have a deep affection for and/or roots in the South, including Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers.)  Cash, who was born in Memphis and raised in California, has recorded fifteen albums, including 1981’s Seven Year Ache and 1987’s King’s Record Shop – both certified Gold. She has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to No. 1. She has received 12 GRAMMY nominations, winning in 1985. Cash has also published four books and her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and New York magazine, among others. Price: €36.50 Booking: www.ticketmnaster.ie     Elvis Presley On Stagehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Elvis_Presley_On_StageIn celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll and Elvis’ first recording session that led to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. proudly present ‘ELVIS PRESLEY – ON STAGE’ Using the latest technology, Elvis performs via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band and singers. Together, this multi-media creation puts the audience inside an Elvis Presley concert presented exactly like one of his classic live performances in a Las Vegas showroom. Following the worldwide success of the popular arena production, ‘Elvis Presley – In Concert’, this new show is designed for all Elvis fans past, present and future in a more intimate and theatrical setting. Performing his greatest hits and concert classics, including: That’s Alright Mama Hound Dog Don’t Be Cruel All Shook Up Blue Suede Shoes In The Ghetto And in-concert classics including: Suspicious Minds Mystery Train Are You Lonesome Tonight Wonder of You Love Me Tender Can’t Help Falling In Love Elvis' recorded voice and his on-screen presence are so powerful, the interaction with the live musicians and singers so seamless, the audience reaction so intense that, a few songs into the show, one can almost forget that Elvis isn't really there in person. Everything in terms of staging, set design, lighting, sound, and overall production is as if Elvis were there. Elvis concert footage for the show comes primarily from material shot for the MGM concert film "Elvis, That's The Way It Is" (1970), including never-before-seen camera angles, plus a few surprise clips from the famous NBC ’68 Comeback Special’. This is what an Elvis Presley concert was like, and exactly what it would be like today with technological enhancements – experience Elvis as you never have –and see why they call him the King. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a real Elvis Concert at your local theatre. Price: €48.65 - €53.65 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie The Culwick Choral Society Spring Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/TheCulwick_Choral_Society_Spring_ConcertOn Thursday April 24th, the 100-voices strong Culwick Choral Society delivers two outstanding and moving masterpieces. Mozart's Great Mass in C minor – had he completed it – would have rivalled the epic scale of Bach's in B minor. Lacking an "Agnus Dei", the completed orchestration of the “Credo”, and part of the “Sanctus”, the surviving movements are intensely moving and powerful. Joining the Culwick are an outstanding line-up of soloists: sopranos Ailish Tynan and Colette Boushell, tenor Andrew Boushell and bass Owen Gilhooly. Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, composed nearly 200 years later, presents an almost incredible fusion of Old Testament Israel, mid-20th century America, and the English cathedral tradition for a lively setting of psalm texts in their original Hebrew, displaying all the rhythm and verve associated with Bernstein. 12-year old Christopher O’Shea, who has sung with Aled Jones, is the boy soprano soloist in the 23rd Psalm. The concert opens with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, hauntingly beautiful and one of the most popular of all 20th century classical works. The Culwick Choral Society and Orchestra are led by Brona Fitzgerald and under the direction of conductor Bernie Sherlock. Price: €13.50 - €30.00 Booking: www.nch.ie Ten14 Concerts and Easter Workshop Programmehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ten_14_Concertsand_Easter_Workshop_ProgrammeThe Battle of Clontarf 1000th Anniversary! Ten14 Saturday 19th & Monday 21st April @ 2pm and 4pm Join Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, and celebrated harper Cormac De Barra on a magical musical journey for everyone aged 4 to 104. Easter Workshop Programme Our Easter holiday programme of epic 1014 themed music performances and crafts, stage and music workshops for all ages. Saturday 19th April to Saturday 26th April For more information click here   The Saturday Supper Clubhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Saturday_Supper_ClubThe Saturday Supper Club runs every Saturday night and features entertainment from some of Ireland's top big bands. This Dinner and Show experience begins at 8pm with a selection from our award winning Gastro Pub menu, this is followed by your entertainment for the evening.  We specialise in Soul, Jazz, Folk and Traditional.  Check our listings on www.purtykitchen.com for updated band listings