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George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth +353-42-9352697
DECEMBER 2017
Sat 9th December
Further Ted with Joe Rooney + Patrick McDonnell
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50
SOLD OUT

Two of Father Ted's most memorable guest stars come together for a night of stand up and musical comedy. The show also contains a "Lovely Girls" competition. Joe Rooney was Father Damo in the episode Old Grey Whistle Theft. "Rooney is very funny, but it is with his guitar in his hands that he becomes unmissable..." The Stage. Patrick McDonnell played Eoin McLove in the episode Night of The Nearly Dead.
Sat 9th December
Andiamo Scooter Club
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Ska, Motown, and Northern Soul courtesy of Andiamo Scooter Club. Second Saturday of the month. All welcome!
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Sun 10th December
DSM Christmas Concert

Dundalk School Of Music celebrate 8 years with a Christmas Concert featuring students and special guests. Tickets and information available from DSM Facebook page at facebook.com/MusicDundalk
Sun 10th November
Traditional Session
Downstairs in the kitchen
Free - All welcome 6-9pm

The session has been going for many years here now and is still going strong. This weekly get together of folk and traditional musicians is a wonderful way to spend your early Sunday evenings.
Mon 11th November
Monday Night Pub Quiz
Downstairs - 9pm sharp - €4 per team of 4

Carlsberg dont do quizzes, but if they did, they would have Bamber Goosecoigne as host. Every Monday night. Pints for prizes. You know it makes sense.

Tues 12th December
Spirit Store Jazz Project
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm - Free

This French-Irish Jazz Trio met in Belfast 2 years ago. Their music is based on interaction and interplay giving standards a creative and free interpretationthat is matched in their contemporary compositions.They enjoy spur of the moment which makes the music spontaneous.Francois Mourlon-Voice, Scott Flanigan-Piano. Ken Murphy-Double Bass.
Fri 15th December
M'anam Presents
Tune Fusion

Doors 8pm - €5 Admission

M'anam have come together to create a new event for both well established and budding musicians from the Dundalk locality. 38 people submitted their name to be entered into a draw. 9 groups of 4-5 artists were created. These groups have been asked to compose an original piece and learn a cover piece each which will be performed on the night.
Sat 16th December
Juicebox Comedy Club
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

Featuring the best comedians to be found on the club and touring scene, JuiceBox has introduced the finest up-and-coming comics to the north-east. Each month features at least one headliner supported by up to 5 other excellent acts. Previous headliners have been...Tommy Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Eric Lalor, Niamh Marron, Alison Spittle, Chris Kent and more. Always an excellent night enjoyed by performers and audience alike, JuiceBox Comedy has been named as one of the top comedy clubs in the country.
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Sun 17th December
Diva Unleashed With Evelyne Bourton
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

Selections from opera, pop, Broadway, ballad - familiar music from many genres and ages - all delivered in the "voice of an angel" with a compelling and humorous story line.
Eve Bourton has the unique ability to hold a room in the palm of her hand and her voice can soothe or blow out the windows, just like all great sopranos. Laughs are guaranteed as Eve has been described as a "team" in one body, comprising Lucille Ball, Maria Callas and Nigella Lawson."
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Sun 17th November
Traditional Session
Downstairs in the kitchen
Free - All welcome 6-9pm

The session has been going for many years here now and is still going strong. This weekly get together of folk and traditional musicians is a wonderful way to spend your early Sunday evenings.
Mon 18th November
Monday Night Pub Quiz
Downstairs - 9pm sharp - €4 per team of 4

Carlsberg dont do quizzes, but if they did, they would have Bamber Goosecoigne as host. Every Monday night. Pints for prizes. You know it makes sense.

Thu 21st December
Ben Reel
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm FREE

Since his debut album `This Is The Movie' back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world. Ben's music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine, drawing from the well of different styles of musical influence from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own.
Fri 22nd December
Jack L
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

When we think of independent artists, those who resolutely plough their own furrows away from the major labels, we tend to think of guitar bands, usually with distortion turned up to 11. However, Athy crooner, Jack Lukeman, has determinedly controlled his own career since the release of his Brel-loving tribute, 'Wax' way back in 1995. It is proof of Lukeman's perseverance that he's still devoutly independent in 2017 and testament to his talent that 'Magic Days' is amongst his finest work to date.
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Fri 22nd December
The Blair Mix Project Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm

The Sugar Hill Gang * Rufus Thomas * Beastie Boys Jimi Hendrix * Blackalicious * De La Soul * Blur Toots & The Maytals * James Brown * Booker T and the MG's The Doors * CSS * Cypress Hill * Stickman Rights * Beck The Specials * The Kinks * The Charlatans Happy Mondays * Electric Guest * Soulwax
Sat 23rd December
Bobby McCarthy
+ guests Spuds Don't Bounce & Martin McEnteggart
Doors 8pm - Tickets €14

SOLD OUT
Bobby returns to the Store for the tenth Christmas in a row for a night of song, laugh and festivities. Bobby, being backed by a fantastic 6 piece band, pays homage to musical greats from the last 50 years, putting his own twist on both classic and obscure gems. Expect tracks made famous by Bruce Springsteen, U2, David Bowie, Elton John, The Beatles as well as a few festive treats thrown in for good measure. Ho Ho Ho!!
Tues 26th December
St Stephens Day with Just Mustard + Split_Pin + Kirkfacekillah" DJ Set
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

With influences from Electronica to Trip Hop to shoegaze and drenched in a squall of guitar noise and reverb this Dundalk band are about to unleash their debut album in 2018 and if their last single "Tainted" and the launch show here are anything to go by it should be a cracker.
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Wed 27th December
Live Forever - Oasis Tribute
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

SOLD OUT
They recreate songs from every era of Oasis from the timeless hits of the 90's when brit pop was at it's height, to the hits off their final album! Having toured Ireland extensively playing many of it's major venues and festivals, live forever have a wealth of experience when it comes to stagecraft. The audience continues to sing their hearts out to the classic Oasis anthems that we all know and love.
Thu 28th December
The 4 Of Us
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

Brendan & Declan Murphy will perform the highlights of their 20 year career, along with new material, on their upcoming Irish dates This show will be an chance to hear "Mary", "Washington Down", "Sunlight", "She Hits Me", and many more classics in an acoustic setting.
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Fri 29th December
These Charming Men
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

These Charming Men have been playing the music of The Smiths for over ten years now. With uncanny similarities and superb live performances the Dublin four piece have played sell-out gigs throughout Ireland and headlining The Smiths/Morrissey Convention in LA 6 years running. The band have headlined the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, playing to their biggest crowd to date, some 35,000 people. These Charming Men are a must for all Smiths / Morrissey fans.
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Fri 29th December
Trick Mist + Video Blue
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm - Free

Trick Mist is an electronic songwriter based in Cork. His music positions the lyrical song within a wider experimental electronic context. An intriguing blend of lyrics, traditional music odes and homemade samples form a sound which moves you inside and out.Video Blue is a project by Jim O'Donoghue Martin. Embracing ambient electronica and guitar driven alt-pop, all of the music is recorded in his east London bedroom. 2015 has seen the release of 2 EP's; 'More Pop Troubles' (released on cassette via US indie Wiener Records) and September's 'Simmer'.
Sat 30th December
Thin Az Lizzy
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

Yes the boys are back in town . A "Thin Lizzy" tribute like nothing you have heard before with a line up to die for, hallmarked for performing Thin Lizzy s classics with all the energy and enthusiasm of the original.The attraction of "Johnny Fox" of Thin Az Lizzy heritage should inspire any ardent Lizzy fan.
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Sun 31st December
Spirit Store Hootenanny
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

Our 4th Annual celebration of local artistic talent with 3 stages upstairs and downstairs to ring in the new year with.... Accidents In The Workplace, The Gakk, Sonnets And Sisters, L-arry, Kelso, Mark Corcoran & The Sea Legs Collective, Shed, David Bellew and many more to be added.
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JANUARY 2018

Fri 5th January
Alison Spittle
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she can worry about making it a good show. One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour. As seen on RTE (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop, this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook), this is Alison's hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success... Discovers Hawaii.
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Sat 6th January
Mack Fleetwood
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

Ireland's premier tribute to the Supergroup Fleetwood Mac, bring you on a magical musical journey from the Peter Green blues era to the multi-platinum selling Anglo/American band that still tour today. MACK FLEETWOOD deliver a spellbinding show. Their love of the material and musical prowess shines through in each song.They will bewitch you with authentic renditions all your favourite Fleetwood Mac hits.
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Thu 11th January
Aaron Shanley + Kiernan McMullan
Backrom@Spiritstore 9pm

Aaron Shanley spent his high school years immersed in beat literature, skateboarding and playing guitar in punk rock bands.Aaron's songwriting abilities landed him several slots at the esteemed Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival ,where he was presented with the Katherine Brick Award for Young Songwriter of the Year in 2010. Over the past 11 years, Kiernan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, Mat Kearney, Dave Mason, John Butler Trio, and many more. The songwriter averaged 200 shows per year.
Fri 12th January
Date Night with Niamh Kavanagh and Paul Megahey
Doors 8pm - Tickets €18

Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs from the course of her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion, and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey (The Illegals) . An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!
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Sat 13th January
Rebel Rebel
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

Rebel Rebel; experienced musicians who dont regard themselves as a covers band but as "Bowie fans playing music we love to Bowie fans". Rebel Rebel play a costumed show of Bowie's greatest hits and key album tracks from 'Space Oddity' to 'Where Are We Now' - no mean feat when you consider the range of musical styles and techniques that the legendary chameleon has deployed over 6 decades of enthralling music.
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Sun 14th January
Jason Byrne "The Man With Three Brains"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

SOLD OUT
'The Man With Three Brains' is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne. Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason's coach, pushing him to the limit.This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne's head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.

Thu 18th January
Gar Cox
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm - Free

After his warmly received 2015 EP Support Your Local Bookshop, wandering troubadour Gar Cox has released his first full-band EP, Tombstone Heart. Produced with Gavin Glass (known for his work with Lisa Hannigan as well as his own solo career), Tombstone Heart features four rich, concise songs reflecting on the trials and triumphs of the human heart. Guest appearances on the EP include virtuoso guitar by Niall Thomas, and guest vocals from original Pogues member Cáit O'Riordan.
Fri 19th January
Kern
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

The band has their unusual mix of personalities to thank for this. Brendan McCreanor is a thrilling uilleann piper who has worked extensively in both traditional music and in contemporary crossover projects. By contrast, SJ McArdleis a well-known rock and folk musician, a published songwriter and singer (songs from his three albums have featured in film, TV and radio and he has toured extensively). And Barry Kieran is a former Leinster champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of Oriel.
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Sat 20th January
The Bootleg Beach Boys
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

The band perform selections of classic hits, & cult favourites, from California's most famous band. From surf themed anthems such as "Surfin' Safari" & "Surfer Girl" to classic muscle car memorable's like "Shut Down" & "Fun Fun Fun", the band have gathered an impressive repertoire of west coast, harmony laden songs, that evoke the spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 1960's American dream. Hear such classics as "In my room, God only knows, Good Vibrations, Help me Rhonda" in their hit heavy set, but they also pay homage to the genius of Brian Wilson in the form of selections from the seminal "Pet Sounds", and cult favourites from the legendary "Smile" album.
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Sun 21st January
Jason Byrne "The Man With Three Brains"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

'The Man With Three Brains' is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne. Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason's coach, pushing him to the limit.This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne's head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.
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FEBRUARY 2018

Thu 1st February
Hot Rod Hearse
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm - Free

Hot Rod Hearse have the fever pretty bad. It's caused by browsing thrift shops and apothecaries. It's caused by devouring music and walking around in marshes and swamps. Their music is a mix of Swamp Blues and Rockabilly and they call it Thrift Shop Rock. They are based in the magical town of Wexford, Ireland
Sat 3rd February
David O'Doherty : Big Time
Doors 8pm - Tickets €18

David O'Doherty - the Aldi Buble, the Ryanair Enya - is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs. David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's, and has just completed his largest ever UK tour. As seen on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
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Sun 4th February
The Bob Dylan Band
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

THE BOB DYLAN BAND, celebrate Dylan's music with a high energy approach to songs from the prolific periods of his writing from the 60's to modern times. Scripted with anecdotal commentary, the show is about the songs and the band and draws inspiration from all the great Dylan bands from THE BAND to the line-up he uses today. With some initial acoustic songs, most of the show is the full band, with original arrangements and inspired covers of Dylan's great songs. The musicians are at the top of their art and together provide a fabulous show.
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Thu 8th February
Cua
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm

The Cua live experience has been compared to the intricacies of Planxty melodies combined with the harmony skills of groups such as Crosby, Stills and Nash, and The Everly Brothers. The trio have steadily built a strong reputation and following for their engaging, passionate and highly original performances, sharing the stage with greats such as Andy Irvine, The Fureys and Hazel O'Connor.
Fri 9th February
Karl Spain + Bernard O'Shea
"Fat Chancers"

Doors 8pm - Tickets €16

Cancelled
Unfortunately the Fat Chancers-Bernard O'Shea and Karl Spain show in The Spirit Store has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologies for any inconvenience. Full refunds from point of purchase. Online tickets will be refuned automatically over the next 24 hours.

Thu 22nd February
Beki Hemingway
Backroom@Spiritstore 9pm - Free

Remember when women used to rock? We're talking pre-Taylor Swift, pre-Katy Perry, when chicks like Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Maria McKee and Liz Phair cranked up the electric guitars and wrote hook-filled songs in which they sang with reckless abandon and weren't afraid to say exactly what was on their minds. That's the vibe you'll find on I Have Big Plans for the World, the new six-song EP from Denver-based singer/songwriter Beki Hemingway, a distant relative of the celebrated writer.
MARCH 2018
Sun 4th March
Rob Heron And The Tea Pad Orchestra
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western swing, blues, Gypsy jazz and country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they've memorably coined it. Drawing on an eclectic range of styles and influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, irresistible arrangements and an expanding repertoire of original material; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.
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Fri 9th March
The Pale
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

The Pale started life in Dublin's Northside in the early 90's but drew their influences from far beyond. For some they are best remembered for their hits 'Butterfly' and 'Dogs with no tails'. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track. The Pale's live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between indie-pop, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy.
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Sat 10th March
Chris Kent "Moving On"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his 5th solo show, Moving On. Returning with his charming and surreal style, Chris has a new perspective on life. Having moved to the UK and recently becoming a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever...
'Original hilarious material... Among the best acts I've seen The Mirror *****
Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer Broadway Baby
'A truly gifted storyteller with a deceptively naturalistic style Chortle.
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Sun 11th March
Wyvern Lingo
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

Wyvern Lingo will be touring their debut album from February 23rd 2018. Hear their new single now at earmilk.com
Facebook: facebook.com/wyvernlingo
Twitter: @wyvernlingo
Website: www.wyvernlingo.com
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Sun 18th March
Mick Flannery (Solo)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22.50

Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years. An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date – including two number ones and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician to ever win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19.His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland's Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.
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Sun 25th March
Luka Bloom
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland's most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets, just searing voice and mastery of his instrument. His new album 'Refuge' was released just last month, October 2017.
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APRIL 2018
Sun 1st April
Live Forever - Oasis Tribute
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

They recreate songs from every era of Oasis from the timeless hits of the 90's when brit pop was at it's height, to the hits off their final album! Having toured Ireland extensively playing many of it's major venues and festivals, live forever have a wealth of experience when it comes to stagecraft. The audience continues to sing their hearts out to the classic Oasis anthems that we all know and love.
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Fri 20th April
Neil Delamere "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Pensioner"
Doors 7:30pm - Show 8pm - Tickets €25

One day Neil's dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. Except for the bits of their lives that didn't change.

"You'll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe." ***** The Scotsman

"One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine. *****." The Herald
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Sat 21st April
The Outcasts
+ Special Guests The Gakk
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

The Outcasts formed in Belfast in January of 1977. Due to a severe lack of venues in Belfast for punk bands, The band were forced to hire nightclubs to use for private parties, and then playing before the management knew what was happening. Dubbed 'The band you love to hate' by the local press, the band began to attract their own local following and are still attracting a large and loyal fanbase to this day with regular European Tours.
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Sun 22nd April
Jerry Leger & The Situation
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith (who has called him "one of the best songwriters I've heard in quite some time")and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.
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Fri 18th May
Lioness - The Amy Winehouse Experience
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent featuring TV's 'Stars in The Eyes' finalist Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse plus a full 7 piece backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of this songstress will take you on a journey through the emotional roller coaster of her song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the performance.
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