5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This February
February 3, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The January blues are well and truly behind us and with spring finally here, it brings us to yet another fresh line up of local acts gigging in the capital this February. One very special act that will be performing soon is singer-songwriter Kevin Casey, who The Sharpe had the privilege of interviewing last November. You can check out that that interview in full right here.

We have a variety of genres and musicians picked out to suit all interests this month. So if you’re heading for a night on the town – keep an eye out for one of these great gigs!

5) O Emperor

Kicking things off with a bang, we have five Indie-Rockers from Waterford known as O Emperor. The lads go way back and met in secondary school where they hit it off instantly and decided to try out gigging. For a while they experimented with their style in local pubs and clubs but it was in 2009 when they went to college that they finally established their identity as a group.

o-emperor-dublin-gig-guide

For 9 months the group self-recorded and produced their début album entitled Hither Thither which was picked up by Universal Records Ireland and nominated for Irish album of the year in 2010. The band topped their own standards in 2012 upon the release of their most critically acclaimed album to date, Vitreous. They have been working hard recording more tunes ever since and will no doubt take Dublin by storm this month.

Their style isn’t miles away from that of Delorentos and Villagers. If you want to check out their 2015 EP Lizard, it is available to download on iTunes now.

Where: Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour Dublin 8

When: February 17th, 8pm

Tickets: €11.00

4) Hothouse Flowers

This Dublin-based Celtic Rock group knows a thing or two about inspiring newcomers since their 1985 beginnings. Liam and Fiachna are the long-time friends who initiated the group’s start up. It soon became a four piece with other members coming and going over the years, eventually settling on their lucky combination of fellow members Dave and Peter. They started out busking in the streets of Dublin and word of the lads spread quickly. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy officially christened the name of the group as Hothouse Flowers and they released their début album in 1988 called People.

hothouse

Rolling Stone magazine featured the album as one of the best unsigned European bands as they had instant success in the UK and Ireland charts, peaking at the top. It was their second album Home that took them towards an international level and notably it reached the number 1 spot in the 1991 Australian charts. The band is touring once again and they continue to release new material regularly.

The fusion of Rock and Soul is reminiscent of artists like Johnny Nash and The Waterboys. Their latest album Goodnight Sun is available on iTunes now.

Where: Vicar Street, Thomas St. The Liberties, Dublin 8

When: February 22nd, 8pm

Tickets: €30.00

3) The Lost Brothers

If a combination of classic folk and blues vibes would lift your spirits on a night out then look no further than Irish Indie-Folk group, The Lost Brothers. Oisín and Mark decided to join forces after previous musical endeavours in their respective bands failed to secure them the career they both desired. After meeting at a Liverpool house party, the Navan and Omagh natives went on to combine their musical talents for fun initially, gigging in small Liverpool venues. This led to their first album Trails of the Lonely being produced in 2008.

the-lost-brothers

In the UK, the duo went all out and set up their own record label entitled Bird Dog Recordings, through which they produced their 2011 album, So Long John Fante. One of their biggest successes yet was Nashville music producer Brendan Benson arranging for the lads to fly to the US to record their third album, The Passing of the Night, which was released last September. They are getting bigger and better all the time and with a new tour to add to their collection, this is a truly exciting time for the lads!

The duo’s rollicking Blues and Folk style makes them Ireland’s answer to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Their latest album Halfway Towards a Healing is available to stream on Spotify now.

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

When: February 8th, 7.30pm

Tickets: €22.50

2) Stephanie Rainey

Corkonian Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Stephanie Rainey is definitely one to watch out for when she stops by in Dublin. Stephanie’s journey into the music industry is an endearing one. She began by studying music in college and for a decade she attempted to break onto the music scene with little success. In 2016 however, word started to get around about a song Stephanie had posted on her Facebook page entitled Please Don’t Go which amassed a staggering one million views in 24 hours. This simple song had drawn the attention of music producers from the US and UK alike, eventually leading Stephanie to her current label, Warner UK.

stephanie-rainey

The song is a poignant one with soft melodies, dedicated in memory of her young nephew Fionn who sadly passed away from meningitis. She continued her pattern of creating music with meaning and her 2017 hit single 100 Like Me reflects this. The song deals with the harrowing topic of mental health and Stephanie features thirteen real-life sufferers in her video. She continues to tour at home and abroad as her fan base keeps expanding.

Stephanie has been likened in style to artists like Katie Melua and Christina Perri but the depths that her songs reach are completely and utterly her own, always with a unique message to take home. You can stream Please Don’t Go and her latest track Sorry on Spotify now.

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

When: February 28th, 7.30pm

Tickets: €16.35

1) Kevin Casey

If you want some good old-fashioned heartland rock and edgy tunes, there is plenty to be had at Dublin singer-songwriter Kevin Casey’s upcoming gig this month. Kevin is a well-established performer who started out in 1999 as a member of the band formerly known as Jaker, which he founded along with his brothers. The Sharpe was lucky enough to interview Kevin Casey last year where he explained some of his challenges and high points throughout his musical journey.

kevin-casey-2

Kevin’s passion for music and performing was inspired by legends such as Oasis and Bruce Springsteen whose music he listened to growing up. Determined to give it a shot, Kevin experimented with his style in 2014 as he and his band released their début EP entitled My Share.  He then launched straight into penning new tunes and by 2017, the band had a powerful work of art under their belt in the form of their first full album, Magnolia Road. After developing the first track on the new album, Kevin showcased it to Grammy award winning Record Engineer, Joe LaPorta, who consequentially got on board in collaborating on the rest of the album, not bad for a first attempt!

With a sound that is described as somewhere between Whiskeytown, Elton John and Springsteen, Kevin and the lads have had great reactions so far playing in the UK and the US. So why not catch them as they kickstart the year with a hometown gig at The Bell on February 16th. You can also check out some of their work including the album Magnolia Road and Kevin’s beautifully personal track The Bones of Mary, both of which are available on iTunes now.

Where: The Bell Pub, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15

When: February 16th, 9pm

Tickets: Free entry

As always, we have a great selection of gigs to choose from in Dublin. There is an enjoyable mix between poignant intimate performances that will leave you speechless and gigs that will take you into overdrive and rock you out of your seat. The choice is yours to give support to our local and upcoming artists that suit your style, so check your diary and make time for yourself this February!

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5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This February
February 3, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The January blues are well and truly behind us and with spring finally here, it brings us to yet another fresh line up of local acts gigging in the capital this February. One very special act that will be performing soon is singer-songwriter Kevin Casey, who The Sharpe had the privilege of interviewing last November. You can check out that that interview in full right here.

We have a variety of genres and musicians picked out to suit all interests this month. So if you’re heading for a night on the town – keep an eye out for one of these great gigs!

5) O Emperor

Kicking things off with a bang, we have five Indie-Rockers from Waterford known as O Emperor. The lads go way back and met in secondary school where they hit it off instantly and decided to try out gigging. For a while they experimented with their style in local pubs and clubs but it was in 2009 when they went to college that they finally established their identity as a group.

o-emperor-dublin-gig-guide

For 9 months the group self-recorded and produced their début album entitled Hither Thither which was picked up by Universal Records Ireland and nominated for Irish album of the year in 2010. The band topped their own standards in 2012 upon the release of their most critically acclaimed album to date, Vitreous. They have been working hard recording more tunes ever since and will no doubt take Dublin by storm this month.

Their style isn’t miles away from that of Delorentos and Villagers. If you want to check out their 2015 EP Lizard, it is available to download on iTunes now.

Where: Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour Dublin 8

When: February 17th, 8pm

Tickets: €11.00

4) Hothouse Flowers

This Dublin-based Celtic Rock group knows a thing or two about inspiring newcomers since their 1985 beginnings. Liam and Fiachna are the long-time friends who initiated the group’s start up. It soon became a four piece with other members coming and going over the years, eventually settling on their lucky combination of fellow members Dave and Peter. They started out busking in the streets of Dublin and word of the lads spread quickly. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy officially christened the name of the group as Hothouse Flowers and they released their début album in 1988 called People.

hothouse

Rolling Stone magazine featured the album as one of the best unsigned European bands as they had instant success in the UK and Ireland charts, peaking at the top. It was their second album Home that took them towards an international level and notably it reached the number 1 spot in the 1991 Australian charts. The band is touring once again and they continue to release new material regularly.

The fusion of Rock and Soul is reminiscent of artists like Johnny Nash and The Waterboys. Their latest album Goodnight Sun is available on iTunes now.

Where: Vicar Street, Thomas St. The Liberties, Dublin 8

When: February 22nd, 8pm

Tickets: €30.00

3) The Lost Brothers

If a combination of classic folk and blues vibes would lift your spirits on a night out then look no further than Irish Indie-Folk group, The Lost Brothers. Oisín and Mark decided to join forces after previous musical endeavours in their respective bands failed to secure them the career they both desired. After meeting at a Liverpool house party, the Navan and Omagh natives went on to combine their musical talents for fun initially, gigging in small Liverpool venues. This led to their first album Trails of the Lonely being produced in 2008.

the-lost-brothers

In the UK, the duo went all out and set up their own record label entitled Bird Dog Recordings, through which they produced their 2011 album, So Long John Fante. One of their biggest successes yet was Nashville music producer Brendan Benson arranging for the lads to fly to the US to record their third album, The Passing of the Night, which was released last September. They are getting bigger and better all the time and with a new tour to add to their collection, this is a truly exciting time for the lads!

The duo’s rollicking Blues and Folk style makes them Ireland’s answer to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Their latest album Halfway Towards a Healing is available to stream on Spotify now.

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

When: February 8th, 7.30pm

Tickets: €22.50

2) Stephanie Rainey

Corkonian Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Stephanie Rainey is definitely one to watch out for when she stops by in Dublin. Stephanie’s journey into the music industry is an endearing one. She began by studying music in college and for a decade she attempted to break onto the music scene with little success. In 2016 however, word started to get around about a song Stephanie had posted on her Facebook page entitled Please Don’t Go which amassed a staggering one million views in 24 hours. This simple song had drawn the attention of music producers from the US and UK alike, eventually leading Stephanie to her current label, Warner UK.

stephanie-rainey

The song is a poignant one with soft melodies, dedicated in memory of her young nephew Fionn who sadly passed away from meningitis. She continued her pattern of creating music with meaning and her 2017 hit single 100 Like Me reflects this. The song deals with the harrowing topic of mental health and Stephanie features thirteen real-life sufferers in her video. She continues to tour at home and abroad as her fan base keeps expanding.

Stephanie has been likened in style to artists like Katie Melua and Christina Perri but the depths that her songs reach are completely and utterly her own, always with a unique message to take home. You can stream Please Don’t Go and her latest track Sorry on Spotify now.

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

When: February 28th, 7.30pm

Tickets: €16.35

1) Kevin Casey

If you want some good old-fashioned heartland rock and edgy tunes, there is plenty to be had at Dublin singer-songwriter Kevin Casey’s upcoming gig this month. Kevin is a well-established performer who started out in 1999 as a member of the band formerly known as Jaker, which he founded along with his brothers. The Sharpe was lucky enough to interview Kevin Casey last year where he explained some of his challenges and high points throughout his musical journey.

kevin-casey-2

Kevin’s passion for music and performing was inspired by legends such as Oasis and Bruce Springsteen whose music he listened to growing up. Determined to give it a shot, Kevin experimented with his style in 2014 as he and his band released their début EP entitled My Share.  He then launched straight into penning new tunes and by 2017, the band had a powerful work of art under their belt in the form of their first full album, Magnolia Road. After developing the first track on the new album, Kevin showcased it to Grammy award winning Record Engineer, Joe LaPorta, who consequentially got on board in collaborating on the rest of the album, not bad for a first attempt!

With a sound that is described as somewhere between Whiskeytown, Elton John and Springsteen, Kevin and the lads have had great reactions so far playing in the UK and the US. So why not catch them as they kickstart the year with a hometown gig at The Bell on February 16th. You can also check out some of their work including the album Magnolia Road and Kevin’s beautifully personal track The Bones of Mary, both of which are available on iTunes now.

Where: The Bell Pub, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15

When: February 16th, 9pm

Tickets: Free entry

As always, we have a great selection of gigs to choose from in Dublin. There is an enjoyable mix between poignant intimate performances that will leave you speechless and gigs that will take you into overdrive and rock you out of your seat. The choice is yours to give support to our local and upcoming artists that suit your style, so check your diary and make time for yourself this February!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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