Live Music at St. Patrick’s Festival 14 - 18 March
A night of musical stories and magical tunes is promised when trad folk hero Cormac Begley gathers friends Lisa O’Neill, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Libby McCrohan, Stephen James Smith and Donal Dineen for a great kick-start to the Festival (Thursday, Pepper Canister, 8pm, €17). Standing, Sitting, Lying Down with musicians, singers and performers Simon Cullen, Michael Gallen, and Jennifer Moore, are immersive electronic audio–visual performances where the audience can choose to sit, stand or lie down (Thursday and Friday, City Assembly House, 7pm & 9pm, €12). Join legendary two-time Grammy Award nominee, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird and guitar virtuoso and musical mathematician Steve Cooney at Culture Vultures, for an evening of chat and tunes hosted by music writer Tony Clayton Lea (Friday, The Sound House, 7.30pm, €18).
Encompassing rap, song, poetry and performance This Land with Raymond Keane, Farah Elle, Candlelit Theatre and a group of incredible young artists, brings to light the stories that emerge when diverse cultures join together to explore our mythological past and our challenging present, in search of a better future (Friday, Civic Theatre, 7.30pm, €12 & Saturday, NCH, 8.30pm, €12). Raise your voice in song at Sing Out Loud – A Choral Trail in the City when choirs of all ages will take to the streets performing popular tunes and rousing choruses at iconic locations across Dublin. All ages and singing abilities are most welcome (Saturday, various locations, 1pm – 5pm, Free). Explore the life and legacy of Elizabeth ‘Bess’ Cronin at The Muskerry Queen of Song, in the company of Donal Dineen, her grand-daughter and singer Eilish Ní Thuama and sean-nós singer Eithne Ní Chatháin (Saturday, City Assembly House, 2pm, €12).
Join composer, performer and experimentalist David Donohoe live at the Made in Dublin installation in the RHA Gallery, for an incredible solo performance where percussion meets synth (Saturday, RHA Gallery, 6pm, €12). World renowned Irish actor Liam Cunningham and Irish future Afro-soul singer Fehdah will join broadcaster Jim Carroll for Finest Minds, a night of discussion, discourse and music around visions for creating and sustaining a better Ireland for all (Saturday, Festival Village Big Top, 8pm, Free and ticketed). Wrap your ears around the music of four of Ireland’s most exciting new talents at Seen & Heard with Fehdah, Caoi De Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Anna Mieke and Dowry (Sunday, Pepper Canister, 5.30pm, €16). Through Dublin City is a nightly session trail of some of Dublin’s best loved singing clubs including The Teachers Club and Mc Neills.