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Banjo & Bovril Trad Festival - Jan 25th to 29th 2017

Banjo & Bovril Trad Festival - Jan 25th to 29th 2017

Banjo & Bovril Festival - The Harbour Bar, Bray

This Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th January 2017

Our Banjo & Bovril Trad & Folk Festival, now in its 3rd year is named to offer a worthy hat-tip to days long gone, when fishermen would come ashore from time spent on the Irish Sea.

First stop, The Harbour Bar.

Here they’d have a cup of Bovril to warm themselves up - before settling into a night drinking porter, singing and playing banjos, guitars, bodhráns, mandolins and whatever other instruments were at hand. 

Join us in the Harbour Bar from Wednesday 25th - Sunday 29th January as we celebrate Irish music with some of the country's greatest purveyors of trad and folk. 

All gigs are FREE!

In addition to this year’s musical element of the festival, The Loft upstairs in The Harbour Bar will also be in full swing. 

We’ll be welcoming The Circle Sessions back with their unique style of storytelling, spoken word, music, drama or whatever performance happens to come their way!

We’ll also have The Harbour Ukuleles doing their thing, tin whistle workshops and plenty more over the weekend.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming The Candlelit Tales for a very special captivating evening for anyone with an interest in Irish mythology and folktales. Including musical accompaniment on guitar and mandolin, alternating storytellers weave an enchanting evening of entertainment. 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on January 21 2017

Summer-time & the livin’ is easy

Gin & whiskey bars, the Euros, Cultural Festivals, Pride, and hundreds of crackin’ gigs: Summer 2016 has been good to us.…..It’s time for our summer roll-up!

May saw us host for the 2nd time the Asian Irish Cultural Festival. Blending the very best elements of Asian and Irish cultures this day proved to be a big hit among kids & adults alike! Trust us, that origami is harder than it looks!!!

 

On the 26th, the great Paddy Casey stopped by for an unforgettable performance in the lounge. He was joined on stage by his very talented daughter, Saoirse who captivated the room with her angelic voice.

Moving onto June, where the 10th saw us mark International Gin Day out in the beergarden.

Our trusty Thirst Aid Station also made it’s debut to the Harbour - emergency ice-pops and sun-cream for all!

On June 9th, we were delighted to launch the Beatyard with Sim Simma kicking off the night in style.

 

June also saw Ireland go Euros mad & we were no exception. All Irish games were screened in the Bar and on the big screens in the lounge and upstairs. We dished up free burgers for the occasion which went down a treat.

We also had a signed Ireland jersey to giveaway as sported by the lovely, Paul.


June also marked a year since we voted yes. Raoul & Cinders pulled out all the stops!

Then came July. The funny lads over at Hardy Har Comedy Club made their monthly return with one very special guest. 

It was Al Porter. 

The Hardy Har comedy club has hosted many top class Irish and UK acts, most of which had such a good time they have agreed to return to the Hardy Har stage.

 

Following the success of our pop-up gin bar in the beer-garden, we decided to give the ole uisce beatha a try! Taste-testing the whiskey sours went a down a treat with the bar-staff, bunch of perfectionists we are!

 

In August, we joined forces with the Hotspot Music Club in Greystones to bring Harbour to Hotspot Roots Revival Festival - celebrating the finest folk, bluegrass & country music around.

The Festival showcased some regulars like Amazing Apples and Old Hannah but also brought us the amazing I Draw Slow who blew us away with their fantastic festival opener.

We also cheered on our golden girl, Katie Taylor in the 2016 Olympics - you done us proud Katie!

For those who couldn’t make it to Rio, our second cultural festival of the Summer; Brazil Meets Bray gave a good taster!

A colourful afternoon of music, dance, presentations & food. Manager, Mark enjoyed himself anyway.

That is a wrap on Summer 2016. Thanks to everyone who performed, exhibited or popped in for a pint (or five) - you made it one worth remembering! Over & Out.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on September 06 2016

September Spotlight on The Harbour Bar

Saying goodbye to summer isn’t all that bad and we’re here to help end on a high note. So to kick start September - we’ve got a stellar month of music coming your way at The Harbour Bar and the best part? It’s all FREE!

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th September

Dublin born MILES GRAHAM brings his Indie/Soul sound to The Harbour Bar on Thursday 1st September. With a wealth of tunes, Graham has been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, Radio 6 Music and a host of stations throughout the UK - this is one raconteur you won’t want to miss.

Delivering effortless blues, it’s expat New Yorker BEN PREVO. With influences from blues, jazz, funk, right through to rock, Prevo brings a real touch of class to his performance. So you’d be wise to check him out on Friday 2nd September.

We’ve got Bray locals THE DEAD LEEVES in the house on Saturday 3rd September - with their blend of soul, blues and swampy rock, you’ll be gettin’ your groove on in no time!

We’ll be welcoming PARCHMAN FARM on Sunday 4th September - A five piece classic Chicago/Texas style blues band and with a large helping of their own original material.

For a slice of funk, soul and pop, check out HOLD UP on Thursday 8th September. Formed by five of Ireland's top session musicians, they play a range of pop music blended with their own contemporary vibe.  

One of Ireland's finest musicians BRIAN MEAKIN and his band will be bringing you an evening of unique blues rock in the Live Lounge on Friday 9th September.

Saturday 10th September  - With their main arsenal of banjo, whistles, flutes, bodhrán, mandolin, guitars, djembe, drums, bass and blended vocals - the BUNOSCIONN sound emits an overall warm rootsy feel with enough kick, that has a little something for everyone.

  We’re delighted to be joined by SQUARE PEGS on Sunday 11th September. Colm Quearney, Graham Hopkins, Keith Duffy, Justin Carroll & Michael Buckley gather as often as possible when not touring with other artists, to pay homage to the sound of Chicago Blues, 50′s R&B, New Orleans Blues. At their gigs … a good-time is always had!  

Thursday 15th September - Fusing traditional roots with contemporary folk and rock, DAVIE FUREY’s sound is characterised by storytelling, energy and guitar riffs that beat like a pulse.    

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL will be joined by singer songwriter EOIN GLACKIN on Friday 16th September. Described as folk'n'roll, their sound centres around harmony vocals and fans of the band include Magic Numbers, Kodaline and Damien Dempsey.

SIM SIMMA will be bringing the Reggae party to the stage on Saturday 17th September. Playing a broad selection of Reggae, Afrobeat, Brazilian and Grime – creating such a buzz, Sim Simma have a  special happy vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else.

With 4 and 5 part harmonies at the heart of HANDSOME HANDSOME, they’ve been described as a mix of ambient, folk, pop and rock. Coupled with sincere and heartbreaking vocal delivery, Handsome Handsome are a live act to watch out for on Sunday 18th September. “Handsome Handsome are definitely here to stay” - The Irish Sun.

THIRD SMOKE are an indie rock band taking musical influence from The Dandy Warhols, Arcade Fire, The Beatles and The White Stripes, the energetic Third Smoke cement their place as one of Ireland's emerging must see bands on Thursday 22nd September.

On Friday 23rd September get your weekend started with THE OUTCIDERS - A six piece ska/reggae band who play the standard classics as well as reggifying some contemporary artists!

For your fix of authentic blues, this gang are the real deal - THE HARDCHARGERS are a Belfast three piece who sure know their instruments, so you don’t want to miss their highly charged set on Saturday 24th September.

Some hidden gems to be found on Sunday 25th September with THE SONG ROOM PRESENTS. These very special Song Room nights unearth some of Ireland's finest unsigned acoustic artists.

A modern band with an old soul, FOX JAW perform at ours on Thursday 29th September. A band that usually err on the side of darkness, but always keeping it sweet and melodic with an honest collection of dark pop songs. “One of Ireland's most inventive and engaging rock bands” (Hotpress Magazine).

Friday 30th September we’ve got AFTER THE IBIS - An 8 piece roots reggae band with dub, jazz and soul influences. Hailing from Dublin, they’ve established a reputation that has seen them perform alongside the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Max Romeo, The Skatalites and Junior Marvin.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on August 29 2016

August at the Harbour

With that two day Irish heatwave now a distant memory, we’re not quite ready to give up the summer just yet... so check out the musical acts that we have in store throughout the month of August.

PLUS - we’ll shortly be unveiling a brand new festival hitting Bray in August Harbour to Hotspot / Roots Revival Festival

So keep your peepers peeled for the full line-up coming very soon!

 

 

What better way to spend a relaxing bank holiday than checking out the wonderful Tiny Quartet on Monday 1st August - with their unique instrumental jazz pop covers, this is simply the perfect way to spend your lazy Monday evening and get you geared up for the FOUR day week ahead!

On Thursday 4th August for the first time to the Harbour stage, we welcome The New 52. Following on from their critically acclaimed albums ‘The Finish Line’ & ‘Whispers & Silent Screams’, Darragh Cullen is delighted to showcase this new solo project The New 52. Darragh has shared stages with Ham Sandwich, Little Green Cars & We Cut Corners, and garnered praise from music press like Hotpress and Goldenplec.

 

We’re kicking off the weekend on Friday 5th August with some awesome ska provided by the brilliant Reggulators - playing a mix of covers and originals. So get your dancing shoes on and your ska moves at the ready! .Saturday 6th August we’ve got the brilliant five piece Cult Called Man. This promises to be some party as they’re renowned for their live shows. Having gained a cult following on the festival circuit, we are pretty eager to get our groove on with these guys.

 

 

Now it’s time to unwind on Sunday 7th August with the very talented duo comprising of Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley - with superb sounds of Soul and Jazz to bring an end to the weekend. With a mix of Irish and Country Blues on Thursday 11th August it’s Rye River Band. This 5 piece performing and recording band play original Americana compositions and classic standards.

 

On Friday 12th August get your fix of acoustic, rock, blues, soul and roots from the wonderful Ben Reel. Ben is a singer-songwriter from Armagh with a mighty band behind him, the sound is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and The Band.

 

It’s all about The Bionic Rats on Saturday 13th August - they mix the rhythms of Ska, 2tone, Reggae & Rocksteady into their own special brew of Jamaican beats and Irish soul. These guys have already shared stages with the likes of Madness and Bad Manners and have amassed a huge following along the way, so get up front early!

 

On Sunday 14th August with atmospheric blends of alternative folk and roots, it’s the beautiful sounds from MoonLooksOn. Next up to take the stage, it’s singer-songwriter Colm Lynch’s new musical collective Watson Ace - as they bring their blend of soulful, stylish melodic rock on Thursday 18th August.

 

We’re all fired up to have The Viking Project back on our stage. With four vocalists swapping lead singing duties and raw folk harmonies, this crew will bring a big boisterous bluesy sound on Friday 19th August. Turning up the funk on Saturday 20th August we can’t wait to see Created By Comets live. The 7 piece band combine elements of rock, funk and soul - so get ready to get your groove on!

                

The hugely popular East Coast Jazz Band play their infectious Dixieland Jazz on Sunday 21st August. These guys have been described as the “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side”.

                

August Listings at The Harbour Bar

Monday 1st August | The Tiny Quartet

Thursday 4th August | The New 52

Friday 5th August | Reggulators

Saturday 6th August | Brain Donation

Sunday 7th August | Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley

Thursday 11th August | Rye River Band

Friday 12th August |  Ben Reel

Saturday 13th August | The Bionic Rats

Sunday 14th August | MoonLooksOn

Thursday 18th August | Watson Ace    

Friday 19th August    The Viking Project

Saturday 20th | Created By Comets

Sunday 21st August | East Coast Jazz Band    

 

All our events are FREE! unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute goings on!

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate donagh@turningpirate.com

 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter / Facebook.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on July 27 2016

July July July

Check out all the music we’ve got in store for you this July. 

As the summer seems to be heading our way slowly - we’ve got lots in store for you at The Harbour bar this July – so let’s get on with it, shall we?

Have we mentioned it’s all FREE?

            

Kicking off this summer month on Friday 1st July we welcome One Horse Pony, who combine superb musicianship, five-piece harmonies and fire 'n' brimstone lyrics with an uncompromising drive to deliver their signature form of the Blues. Our very own house band Toasted Special will be smashing up the Live Lounge with some unique covers and mash-ups on Saturday 2nd July.

The very talented Sun Collective is an ensemble of freelance musicians and artists. Their arrangements explore popular acoustic music and ‘orchestral’ instrumentation. An interest in the dynamic possibilities available to a large collective of artists, treating the same musical material through various contexts and genres, is at the heart of their ethos. Sunday 3rd July.

 

Hugely popular Wicklow band Feel The Pinch have been playing their acoustic and 'live and loud' sets for many years. Comprising of hugely respected and highly experienced musicians, catch the guys on Thursday 7th July. The weekend starts with The Clandestinos on Friday 8th July. We can’t wait to check out this 7-piece band who are based in Galway City and deal in the sounds of roots reggae, ska, latin & dub.

It’s all about RobotRock on Saturday 9th July - these are the next generation party band. They remix and mash-up classic dance anthems creating the ultimate floor filling experience. Having built up a cult following rocking festivals such as Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Trinity Ball, you don’t want to miss their live set.

We have a special night on Sunday 10th July as we welcome Jamie Duff to our stage. Jamie makes his presence felt on stage by creating an energetic, original, light-hearted folk/rock sound. Taking inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes, Tallest Man on Earth and James Vincent McMorrow, Jamie has crafted his sound and live performance through countless shows.

Grammy Award winner Pete Cummins will be doing what he does best on Thursday 14th July. Pete is a folk musician and winner of the Best Contemporary Folk Album for his collaboration to the album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’.

In Their Thousands are an alternative folk rock group and the BBC radio show ‘Across The Line’ gave them some high praise indeed "their rustic tones and earthy rhythms are delivered with such precision that you find yourself hanging on every note … spellbinding … a class act". So make sure you check them out on Friday 15th July.

We’re kicking off Saturday 16th July with some awesome ska provided by the brilliant 11 piece Gangsters - playing a mix of covers and originals. So get your dancing shoes on and your ska moves at the ready!

On Sunday 17th July we bring you the very talented I Am Niamh. Dublin based singer Niamh Parkinson’s musical style is considered Avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice. She has played prime slots at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Life Festival. Her music is often played across BBC Radio Ulster, RTE Lyric FM, 98FM and RTE Radio 1 & 2FM. Niamh performs as a solo artist with keyboards, synths, loop pedal and laptop and she also performs with string players and a guitarist.

                

On Thursday 21st July we will be treated to a very special Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute evening with the band Catch A Fire. Then rolling into the weekend on Friday 22nd July we’ve got the awesome After The Ibis an 8-piece roots reggae band with dub, jazz and soul influences.

Saturday 23rd July we’ve got the brilliant five piece Cult Called Man. This promises to be some party as they’re renowned for their live shows. Having gained a cult following on the festival circuit, we are pretty eager to get our groove on with these guys.

Singer-songwriter Scott Maher has garnered much attention from the Irish music scene with the release of his brilliant single ‘If We Were Lovers’ and he plays our stage on Sunday 24th July.

Pop in and catch some lively blues on Thursday 28th July courtesy of the extremely talented Lee Meehan Band. Next up we’ve got the next generation of Irish Blues with Those Responsible. From playing shows across Ireland and the UK they’ve been blowing crowds out of the water with their classic four piece blues format. This year they’ve hit the studio to work on new material, so we’re very excited to hear their new sounds on Friday 29th July.

Then on Saturday 30th July we bring you Deuce (Rory Gallagher Tribute) Deuce were formed when three friends met to go busking at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon in 2012. All three being huge Rory fans, they are committed to bringing Rory Gallagher's fantastic music to the stage with their energetic live show.

 

Harbour Bar favourites Bunoscionn are back on Sunday 31st July with their unique style of trad and folk and with a few twists thrown in for good measure.

On Monday 1st August we’ve got the wonderful The Tiny Quartet with their unique instrumental jazz pop covers - this is simply the perfect way to spend a Monday evening and get the week off to a great start!

 

July Listings at The Harbour Bar

Friday 1st July | One Horse Pony     

Saturday 2nd July | Toasted Special

Sunday 3rd July | Sun Collective

Thursday 7th July | Feel The Pinch

Friday 8th July | The Clandestinos

Saturday 9th July | RobotRock

Sunday 10th July | Jamie Duff

Thursday 14th July | Pete Cummins

Friday 15th July | In Their Thousands     

Saturday 16th July | Gangsters

Sunday 17th July | I Am Niamh

Thursday 21st July | Catch A Fire

Friday 22nd July | After The Ibis

Saturday 23rd July | Cult Called Man

Sunday 24th July | Scott Maher

Thursday 28th July | Lee Meehan Band

Friday 29th July | Those Responsible     

Saturday 30th July | Deuce

Sunday 31st July | Bunoscionn    

Monday 1st August | The Tiny Quartet

All our events are FREE! unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute goings on!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on June 30 2016

June Goings On

June Goings On

As the sun is sporadically making an appearance these days, it’s time to get this summer started! We’ve a brilliant batch of brand new bands to welcometo the Harbour Bar stage this June. Feast your eyes on these musical treats!

Thursday 2 June we’ve got Des Hopkins Dixieland Band. Featuring some of Ireland's and the UK's finest musicians. Presenting a programme of traditional and swing dixieland, this band play with flair, excitement, showmanship, and superb musicianship. Kicking off the June bank holiday weekend, you’re in for a treat on Friday 3rd June with music from Track Dogs. Expect to hear some “joyous, superior americana with a good-timey sunshine vibe” according to Hot Press. On Saturday 4th June we’ve got Bray locals The Dead Leeves, with their unique blend of soul, blues and swampy rock grooves. We’ve got something pretty special on Sunday 8th May with Scoops. They have graced stages all over Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. They’ve supported and toured with the likes of Walking on Cars, Hudson Taylor, Hermitage Green, The Academic and Keywest. Monday 6th June we’re delighted to have The Song Room return. This is such a fantastic night to catch some of Ireland's finest unsigned acoustic artists. 

We’re very excited to host the Beatyard Launch Party on Thursday 9th June. The Beatyard festival based at Dun Laoghaire harbour, has the very best in music, food, fashion, games and tech, so pop along to the launch for a sneak peek of what’s in store. Kicking off the weekend on Friday 10th June it’s the brilliant My Tribe Your Tribe. Having previously played together on numerous recording and live projects, My Tribe Your Tribe settled as a trio, producing an engaging blend of electro-tinged, alternative-rock. The band have enjoyed an exciting array of festival appearances in 2015 including Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes, Body and Soul Festival, Valentia Isle, Spirit of Folk and more.

Saturday 11th June - The Calvinists are an original, energetic gypsy blues and alternative folk band from West Cork. Their songs, laced with infectious harmonies and driving rhythms and combined with their penchant for battering their instruments, belting out harmonies, it makes for an experience to remember. With a loyal fanbase, great support on both national and regional radio, they’ve also performed live on RTE’s Saturday Night Show. Loudest Whisper perform an exhilarating blend of celtic folk, rock and blues with injections of celtic folklore and mysticism, drawing from over 45 years of music. Catch them on Sunday 12th June.

Up next, it’s the turn of Blood Red Moon who bring their style of Grungey Country & Bayou Blues on Thursday 16th June. Friday 17th June - The Jackmans are among the first of Ireland’s ska groups, formed by Martin and Pat Jackman as Frères Jackman & the International Elevators. In 1992 they released their album “Dropped!” to wide acclaim. It’s party time on Saturday 18th June with disco, pop, funk outfit Higher Ground. Always delivering a high energy and enthusiastic performance whether it's classic rock'n'roll, funky 70's grooves, retro rock/pop, or cool classic contemporary - these guys are sure to play all the favourites and more! We’re delighted to be joined by Square Pegs on Sunday 19th June. Colm Quearney, Graham Hopkins, Keith Duffy, Justin Carroll & Michael Buckley gather as often as possible, when not touring with other artists, to pay homage to the sound of Chicago Blues, 50′s R&B, New Orleans Blues. At their gigs agood-time is always had!

Falling Angels bring their blend of Country Americana on Thursday 23rd June while on Friday 24th June we’ll be welcoming Parchman Farm, a five piece classic Chicago / Texas style blues band - with a large helping of their original material. Those Responsible are the next generation of Irish Blues; playing shows across Ireland and the UK they’ve been blowing crowds out of the water with their classic four piece blues format. This year they’ve hit the studio to work on new material, so we’re very excited to hear their new sounds on Saturday 25th June. Kildare singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Inni-K, takes to our stage on Sunday 26th June, with her transcendent voice and beautiful songs, off-set with tight musicianship and arresting stage craft. Having received rave reviews from Nialler 9, Dan Hegarty, State Magazine & The Irish Times, Inni-K is definitely a force to watch.

We're delighted to be welcoming The Shoos on Thursday 30th June. These guys are fresh off the 3 Arena stage where they supported ELO and after three years in the making they have recently released their brand new album titled ‘Shoos’.

 

June Listings at The Harbour Bar

Thursday 2nd June | Des Hopkins Jazz Band Friday 3rd June | Track Dogs

Saturday 4th June | The Dead Levees Sunday 5th June | Scoops

Monday 6th June | The Song Room Presents Thursday 9th June | Beatyard Launch Party

Friday 10th June | My Tribe Your Tribe Saturday 11th June | The Calvinists

Sunday 12th June | Loudest Whisper Thursday 16th June | Blood Red Moon

Friday 17th June | The Jackmans Saturday 18th June | Higher Ground

Sunday 19th June | Square Pegs Thursday 23rd June | Falling Angels

Friday 24th June | Parchman Farm Saturday 25th June | Those Responsible

Sunday 26th June | Inni-K Thursday 30th June | The Shoos

 

All our events are FREE! unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute goings on!

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate: donagh@turningpirate.com

 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

You can find us in real life here:

 

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 30 2016

May at The harbour Bar

May at The harbour Bar

Mayday, Mayday! Don’t be distressed that the May bank holiday is over. Check out the awesome line-up of acts coming to The Harbour Bar to cheer up your May evenings and bring you right up to the next bank holiday weekend! What’s not to love?!

One highlight of the month will be the unique and fun ‘Asian Irish Cultural Festival’ coming up on Sunday 22nd May. This family orientated day offers the very best elements of Asian and Irish cultures blending tradition with more contemporary cultural activities. Try your hand at Origami, sample sumptuous sushi and enjoy brilliant music from Seoidin.

 

Thursday 5th May we’ve got electro-acoustic, folk-punk outfit from Dublin, it’s the superb Mannequin Sex Drive! Then on Friday 5th May expect to hear some whiskey soaked folk from Tyrone lads The Logues. They just released their brand new album Coming of Age last month and have become one of Ireland’s most sought-after live bands.

Saturday 7th May - The Hardchargers “Dirty Blues from Belfast”... Taking Blues, Roots and Rock into exciting mercenary territory from aggressive washboard/resonator driven Roots Music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style Blues rock.

We’ve got something pretty special on Sunday 8th May from The Donal Kirk Band. These are some of the finest musicians in the country, playing a wide range of musical styles from Country to Blues to good old Rock’n’Roll. Catch Grammy Award-winning Pete Cummins, one of Ireland's Folk Americana music legends in an intimate gig in our Live Lounge on Thursday 12th May.

Kicking off Friday 13th May and lucky for us we’ve got Penrose here to entertain us. This solid Indie Rock & Pop band with catchy uplifting songs that have “attitude” and stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities and harmonies of The Beatles and ELO, the snarling vocals of Marc Bolan and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of The Verve, Penrose are a truly powerful force…live and on record.

Saturday 14th May - Oddsocks are a Sligo 4-piece who aspire to remember the important elements that make for great music; melody, harmony and groove. They’ve developed their sound over the past four years to create a music style that is rich in vocal harmonies which they describe as Rhythm and Groove. Sunday 15th May - Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley Versatile and powerful vocalist, guitarist and performer, Lee Meehan, joins guitarist and composer Hugh Buckley to produce dynamic soul music with a jazzy flavour. Thursday 19th May - Doctor Millar Hot Press named him ‘Ireland’s best singer/songwriter’ and an Irish Times journalist described Sean’s lyrical works “the best collection of short stories I have never read”.

Friday 20th May - The Jumptones These guys play music from the 1950's like it was played back in the hayday's of rock'n'roll - upbeat, fiery and plain cool.

Saturday 21st May - Brain Donation are a 3 piece powerhouse of hard hitting, no nonsense alternative rock. Their close harmonies, grungy guitar, sucker-punching bass lines and heavy dance beats produce an enormous sound that could drive even the most miserable of men to dance. Sunday 22nd May we’re delighted to be joined by Sarah May Rogers Band, the fiddler from Blood Red Mountain Band takes to the Live Lounge with her own sound. We're very excited to be welcoming one of Ireland's finest singer-songwriters, Paddy Casey, the ‘Saints and Sinners’ and ‘Sweet Suburban Sky’ singer will be taking to the Live Lounge stage on Thursday 26th May. 

Friday 27th May - dRea is the new musical offering from Limerick’s Damien Drea who produces Alternative Indie Pop. He has shared stages with Bellx1 and Editors, won the Hot Press ‘Song of the Year’ award, signed a licensing deal with US TV network ‘CBS’ and featured on Music Week UK. The funky 6-piece Early House will be live and lively on  Saturday 28th May as they’ll be hittin' out some of the finest funk and soul for you to get your groove on! Sunday 29th May - all way from Zürich we’ll be welcoming the americana group Bob Spring & The Calling Sirens. Receiving rave reviews, this gang play a mixture of stomping country, rock and roll and fiery blues.

 

May Listings at The Harbour Bar

Thursday 5th May - Mannequin Sex Drive   

Friday 5th May - The Logues

Saturday 7th May - The Hardchargers

Sunday 8th May - The Donal Kirk Band

Thursday 12th May - Pete Cummins

Friday 13th May - Penrose

Saturday 14th May - Oddsocks

Sunday 15th - Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley

Thursday 19th May - Doctor Millar

Friday 20th - The Jumptones

Saturday 21st May - Brain Donation

Sunday 22nd May - Sarah May Rogers Band

Thursday 26th May - Paddy Casey

Friday 27th May - dRea

Saturday 28th May - Early House

Sunday 29th May - Bob Spring & The Calling Sirens


 

All our events are FREE! unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute goings on!

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate donagh@turningpirate.com

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

 

 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 03 2016

Bray Jazz Festival 2016

Bray Jazz Festival 2016

It's that time of year again... 
The Harbour Bar are very excited to be a part of Bray Jazz Festival again this year! We've a packed line up, from Thursday 28th April until Monday 2nd May and all gigs are free!

Thursday 28 Apr 
@ 9pm // NAVÁ (Persian/Irish)

Friday 29th April 
@ 10pm // RETROFIX (Jazz/Funk/Soul/Rock)

Saturday 30th April 
@ 3pm // EDEL MEADE (Jazz)
@ 7.30pm // TONGUE BUNDLE (Papal Funk/Jazz)
@ 10pm // VERNON JANE (Psychedelic Jance)

Sunday 1st May
@ 3pm // FIRM ROOTS (Jazz)
@ 7.30pm // UMBRA (Jazz)
@ 10pm // CC BREZ (Funk/Soul/Roots)

Monday 2nd May
@ 3pm // FEATHERS (Future Afrosoul)
@ 9pm // BARQ / SAX PANTHER (Melty Rock/Electro Jazz/Pop)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 25 2016

We’ve been nominated for Best Pub by Lovin Dublin!

We’ve been nominated for Best Pub by Lovin Dublin!

Exciting news! We've been nominated for a Lovin Dublin Award in the Best Pub category - along with five other Bray businesses! 

Cheers to everyone who makes this place what it is - if we could ask you to vote for us - only takes a few seconds - and for the other Bray nominees, that'd be great! 

Vote here: http://lovindublin.com/announcements/introducing-the-lovin-dublin-restaurant-awards-in-association-with-estrella

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 14 2016

Springing towards Summer

Springing towards Summer

April at The Harbour Bar

The birds are singing, the sun is peeking through, Spring has sprung! You’d be an April fool to miss out on this month’s events, including a few little tasters of what’s in store at this year’s Bray Jazz Festival (details to follow this month!) Kicking off on Friday 1st April, we’ve got fun outfit The Little Beauties with their ska influences, a tight rhythm section, solid stomping beats and great hooks, these guys promise to get the month off to a great start. 

Guaranteed to get any crowd moving on Saturday 2nd April, it’s the Harbour Bar’s very own house party band Toasted Special doing the honours. On Sunday 3rd April, we have Bray Food and Craft Market taking over the beer garden and upstairs from 10 am! There'll be hot food stalls, fresh produce stalls, craft beer and lots of lovingly handmade crafts and gifts. Later that night, having been compared to Dylan and Van Morrison in the past, Colm Lynch returns under the guise of Watson Ace where they’ll showcase their soulful rock. 

Singer songwriter Patrick Silke alongside Falling Angels bring their blend of Country Americana on Thursday 7th April. For your chance to experience the sounds of Jim Morrison, look no further than The Back Doors, a tribute band that bring the legendary Californian band The Doors back to life on Friday 8th Get your funk fix from The Burning Effigies with their soul sounds and afrobeat blend on Saturday 9th April. 

For a taste of instrumental Jazz-Pop covers, check out The Tiny Quartet on Sunday 10th April. Hard rock, blues, and funk comes in the form of Buckshot Amber on Thursday 14th April. Highly influenced by the legends of rock such as Led Zeppelin and Guns and Roses, these guys sure know how to play hard. 

On Friday 15th April we’ve got rock ‘n' roll, western and latin grooves all fused into one giant fireball of sound, it’s none other than Mongrel State. On Saturday 16th April  get ready to dance your socks off to Mid-Term Break, this 6 piece specialise in energetic funk-soul from the 80s and today. Mid-Term Break have an infectious groove that’s absolutely guaranteed to keep the crowd glued to the dance floor 'til sunrise. 

All the way from Newcastle, we’re super excited to welcome Sir Jac's Bantamacs to Bray. A brand new outfit on the roots music scene, the trio play early rock ‘n’ roll classics and rockabilly rarities. Expect some rockin’ tunes, greased haircuts and hillbilly boogies on Sunday 17th April. 

Robert Sarazin Blake is an Americana singer/songwriter and we’re so delighted that he’s stopping by on Thursday 21st April as part of his Irish tour. Blake has carved out a niche for himself and you’re bound to hear some influences from Dylan to Billy Bragg but mostly you’re going to hear Robert Emerging Irish band Red Empire will be bringing their unique rock sound to the house on Friday 22nd April. They were UTV Radio Group’s Select Irish Artist of the month, they’ve also been selected as 98 FM’s Home Grown Heroes and previously performed live on RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show and TG4’s Róisín.

We’ve got something pretty special on Saturday 23rd April with Caravana Banda. This one-of-a-kind band with true musical performance, fascinating gypsy jazz, balkanic and flamenco fusion which mixes theatrical majesty with almost “street” energy! Then sit back and relax on Sunday 24th April with the Delta Blues sounds from the wonderfully talented Dermot Byrne and Danny Tobin. 

Some highlights to keep an eye out for at this year’s Bray Jazz Festival...

Persian Classical meets Irish Traditional music with the unique Navá, as they play spellbinding sounds on Thursday 28th April, these guys are ones to watch. According to themselves, Retro Fix are “a bunch of high brow savages playing jazz, funk and rock music”, what’s not to love about that? See for yourselves on Friday 29th April. 

We’ve very excited to have Vernon Jane with us on Saturday 30th April. The energetic and very expressive Vernon Jane are a collection of eclectic and talented musicians with multiple influences such as jazz, blues and psychedelia. They’ve toured extensively throughout Ireland and have caught the eyes and ears of industry folk. 

The wonderfully talented CC Brez joins us on Sunday 1st May. You might recognise CC Brez from his Republic of Loose days or his time fronting electro pop band Cars Love Girls but now the exceptional guitarist has stepped out alone.  On Monday 2nd May we’ve got a double header with BARQ / Sax Panther. Prepare for some serious talent and originality coming from these two Dublin based bands. Five piece instrumental Sax Panther and then BARQ, fronted by Jess Kav who’s previously sung with Hozier and Jape and has a soulful and strong R&B vocal.  

 

April 2016 Listings 

Friday 1st - The Little Beauties

Saturday 2nd - Toasted Special 

Sunday 3rd - Watson Ace

Thursday 7th - Patrick Silke / Fallen Angels  

Friday 8th - The Back Doors 

Sat 9th - The Burning Effigies  

Sun 10th -  The Tiny Quartet 

Thurs 14th - Buckshot Amber 

Fri 15th - Mongrel State 

Sat 16th - Mid-Term Break 

Sun 17th - Sir Jac's Bantamacs 

Thurs 21st - Robert Sarazin Blake 

Fri 22nd  - Red Empire 

Sat 23rd - Caravana Banda 

Sun 24th - Dermot Byrne and Danny Tobin 

Bray Jazz Festival Headliners

Thurs 28th - Navá  

Fri 29th - RetroFix  

Sat 30th - Vernon Jane 

Sun 1st May - CC Brez  

Mon 2nd May - BARQ / Sax Panther  

 

All our events are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm.

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead: stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

 

For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate: donagh@turningpirate.com

 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter 

@theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

 

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on March 31 2016

Equal Love Wedding Giveaway!

Equal Love Wedding Giveaway!

How's this for a Valentine's Day giveaway?! 


The Harbour Bar were proud supporters ofYesEquality in last year's referendum, so to celebrate Ireland's first Valentine's Day with Marriage Equality, we're giving away a wedding to a lucky same sex couple!

To be in with a chance to win, post a photo or short video clip of you and your true love recreating your favourite romantic movie scene to our Facebook page! (Within reason... no R-rated scenes that Facebook are going to remove please!)

 

Terms and Conditions: 


The Harbour Bar will provide: 

Ceremony venue (subject to approval from the Registrar of Civil Marriages). 

Band of the couple's choice from shortlist of Harbour Bar approved bands (subject to availability) to play for 2 hours after the ceremony. 

Prosecco reception for up to 50 people.

Canapés for up to 50 people.

Wedding cake from our contracted baker. The couple to liase with the baker on cake design and other specifications. 

 

The couple will arrange: 

All communication with the Registrar of Civil Marriages.

All registration fees for the civil ceremony and celebrant. 

In accordance with law, application for venue approval must be made to the Registrar of Civil Marriages by the couple upon declaring their intention to marry. 

 

Please note:

The Harbour Bar does not provide a full reception meal but can recommend other suitable local venues. 

The preferred wedding date and time must be negotiated with The Harbour Bar prior to booking your celebrant. 

We are not a traditional wedding venue and are more suited to smaller, non-traditional weddings. 

 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on February 11 2016

Bray Comedy Festival 24 - 28 Feb

Bray Comedy Festival 24 - 28 Feb

The Harbour Bar and Hardy Har present Bray Comedy Festival 2016!

After a very successful debut year in 2015, the Bray Comedy Festival will return from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 February with a whole lot more laughs. The new look festival will feature more acts in the iconic Bray Head Hotel as a venue and will once again bring you the very best in comedy in The Harbour Bar.

Featuring uniquely themed gigs and many styles of comedy from some of the funniest performers in the country (and beyond), this year's festival is guaranteed to pack plenty of laughs into a lively and lovely comedy festival like no other. See www.braycomedyfest.ie for our full line up and more information. 

Tickets available at The Harbour Bar, The Martello Hotel reception, Box Burger and Platform Pizza, or between 12 and 9pm on 01 538 4000 or 01 538 1000. 

(Seating for all shows is limited so booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment.) 


 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on February 08 2016

Banjo and Bovril Trad Festival

Banjo and Bovril Trad Festival

The second Banjo and Bovril Trad Festival is upon us and we've very honoured to welcome some of the finest names in trad and folk from Ireland and beyond to The Harbour Bar this week.

We strongly believe in music for the masses and are especially happy to be able to provide all of these gigs for our customers - both regulars and first timers from Bray and further afield - completely free of charge! 

Artists this year include John Spillane, Pete Cummins, Sheila Garry and Elaine Hogan, Lisa O'Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Bunoscionn, Mundy, Moxie, The Bonny Men, Pine Martens, The Lonesome Boatmen, Old Hannah, Hank Wedel, Rónán Ó Snódaigh, Pete Pamf and Darren Eedens, as well as our superb regular weekly sessioners Rake the Ashes, Seoidín, Crooked Jack and Brand New Switcharoo. 

Check out the listings below - we hope to see you for at least one of the gigs! 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on January 25 2016

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…

A very Merry Christmas from all of us at The Harbour Bar!

Here's our own Reuben 'The Big Dog' Poutch with his rendition of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Posted by The Harbour Bar on December 18 2015

What’s On: December & January

What’s On: December & January

We’ve got a cracker of a Christmas line up at The Harbour Bar. Bringing you some brand new acts, some brilliant local talent, some from further afield and some of our regular favourites. So come on in for a hot whiskey or a port, settle in by one of our roaring fires, and enjoy these musical treats….

To get you geared up for the festive season, we’re kicking off on Wednesday 2nd December with Rake the Ashes. Bringing their traditional ballads to the stage, these guys sure know how to get a session started. On Thursday 3rd December, sit back and enjoy the dixieland jazz sounds from the famously talented Des Hopkins Jazz Band, featuring some of Ireland's and the UK's finest musicians. 

For your fix of authentic blues, come and check out The Hard Chargers on Friday 4th December. This Belfast three piece are the real deal! Saturday 5th December, we’re all fired up to have The Viking Project on our stage. With four vocalists swapping lead singing duties and raw folk harmonies, this crew bring a big boisterous bluesy sound. On Sunday 6th December, the every popular Song Room Presents is a night that showcases the very best of unsigned Irish talent. Always a rare treat that unearths some musical gems.   

With an infectious mix of folk, country and Americana, we’re thrilled to welcome John Blek and The Rats to ours on Thursday 10th December. With their brand new album Borders receiving fantastic reviews, this Cork band are ones to watch. Friday 11th December, get your Rockabilly on as The Jumptones bring their own brand of rock ‘n’ roll with a little country thrown in the mix. 

Saturday 12th December sees the return of The Bang Bang Band, playing hits from the past, present and future! From the Jackson 5 to En Vogue and everything in between, in a non-stop mashup party. Chill out on Sunday 13th December as Dublin three piece The Accused bring us their diverse style of blues, jazz and fusion. If you like the sound of good grooves and authentic treatment of great songs, then you’ll love these guys.  

Thursday 17th December, it’s the turn of  Sham Bone, with blues covers a plenty. Friday 18th December, we’re thrilled to have Ann Scott play at the Harbour. With her experimental melodies and a love of storytelling, this promises to be a special gig. Dublin outfit The Rockets bring their rock ‘n’ roll swagger to the stage on Saturday 19th December. Hardrock, blues, and funk is the order of the day, courtesy of Buckshot Amber on Sunday 20th December. Highly influenced by legends of rock such as Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses, these guys are sure to help clear away the cobwebs.

For a slice of funk, soul and pop, check out Hold Up on Monday 21st December. If you’re a fan of Bob Dylan then the Harbour is the place to be on Tuesday 22nd December, as six piece Love Minus Zero plays the very best of Dylan. On Wednesday 23rd December get your dancing shoes on, as we’re very excited to be joined by festival favourites Interskalactic. Prepare to hear old school, Jamaican ska, with a modern big band sound. 

Guaranteed to get any crowd moving on Thursday 24th December, it’s our very own house party band Toasted Special doing the honours……. with only one more sleep til the Big Day!Then pop-rockers Jupe join us on Saturday 26th December, just what we need after all that turkey feasting. On Sunday 27th December, their first time to the Harbour Bar stage, we’re delighted to welcome The Logues. With their ‘whiskey-soaked folk’ and ‘partying music’ - they’ve made the genre their own. 

On Monday 28th December the brilliant Samyel (aka Samuel Vas-y) will be treating us to his original acoustic flamenco folk, with his quirky songwriting and upbeat sound. On Tuesday 29th December get your fix of  funk, soul and afrobeat, courtesy of The Burning Effigies along with a special guest on the night. Then on Wednesday 30th December, Republic of Loose front man Mick Pyro returns to the Live Lounge stage with his distinctive style of blues. 

Bringing December to a close, on Thursday 31st December we’ve got the awesome five piece, Cult Called Man. This promises to be some party as they’re renowned for their live shows. Having gained a cult following on the festival circuit, we are pretty eager to be ringing in the New Year with these guys. 

Hello 2016! On Friday 1st January we’ve got the January blues….but only the good kind of blues! Brought to you by the talented trio that is Lee Meehan, Tommy Moore & Noel Bridgeman. Harbour favourites Bunoscionn are back on Saturday 2nd January with their unique style of trad and folk and with a few twists thrown in for good measure. Pop along on Sunday 3rd January to hear a little taster of some great new Irish talent, currently honing their craft at The Song Room Presents. So that’s a stocking filler and a half of music that’ll see us through to next year!

FOr full listings see theharbourbar.ie/whatson

 

All our events are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!

 

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

 

For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate: donagh@turningpirate.com

 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

 

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on December 01 2015

Growler Weekend Sat 21 & Sun 22 November

Growler Weekend Sat 21 & Sun 22 November

Join us for a weekend of Craft Beer, Brewers, Music and Food as we unleast these beasts!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on November 17 2015

Remember November!

Remember November!

Halloween has passed, Christmas is creeping in, but bang smack in the middle our November line up comes up trumps.

To ward off any signs of the winter blues, this month we’re delighted to bring you a taste of some of the Harbour Bar favourites, to whet your appetite for the season ahead. AND the best part is, they’re all FREE, how good is that? So let’s take a peek… 

Firstly, we’re very excited to introduce the brand new Harbour Bar Growler. Stop into the Harbour Bar on the 21st & 22nd November for a weekend-long celebration of our local Craft Beers. Pick up your own Harbour Bar Growler, have it filled with your favourite beer & have a chat with some of our local brewers from Wicklow Wolf, O Brother and Rascal’s.

Kicking off the first week in November and puttin’ the boss in bossa nova are festival favourites East Coast Jazz Band on Thursday 5th November. With their own twist on Dixieland and Ragtime jazz, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as the “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side”.  Southern Rock, New Orleans grooves, rockin' guitars, is just what you can expect on Friday 6th November from Dublin based four-piece Mongrel State. Hailing from Ireland, Argentina, Italy and Spain, their sound is a melting pot of influences. Skilled in creative songwriting, their energetic live performances are filled with honky-tonk and harmonies. Having recorded an album with acclaimed producer Gavin Glass, these gents are fast becoming ones to watch. 

With their own special brew of Jamaican beats and Irish soul The Bionic Rats showcase their mix of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady on Saturday 7th November. These guys have already shared stages with the likes of Madness and Bad Manners and have amassed a huge following along the way, so get up front early! With no shortage of Irish emerging talent, The Song Room Presents is a real treat as we welcome some fine new acts to the stage on Sunday 8th November. Just remember - you saw them here first folks! With their awesome style of heavy soul, bluesy and swampy rock grooves, Bray natives The Fever hit the stage on Thursday 12th November. 

Lucky for us, on Friday 13th November we’ve got the amazingly talented singer songwriter Mark Geary. Known for his heartfelt storytelling through his songs, this promises to be a special evening from one of the most hardworking musicians around. Delivering effortless blues with a side order of soul on Saturday 14th November is expat New Yorker Ben Prevo. With influences from blues, jazz, funk, right through to rock, his musical dexterity is second to none. 

Next to grace the Bray stage, we look forward to welcoming the roots and bluegrass sounds of Sligo foursome Old Hannah on Sunday 15th November. If you like the sound of trad with a twist then on Thursday 19th November you need to check out Bunoscionn. With a background deep rooted in folk and trad they inventively blend in elements of reggae and dance for a creative sound that just works so well.   

Wicklow band The Cujo Family have been creating their own brand of “hard folk” for a number of years and appearing on many a festival bill, catch these lads live on Friday 20th November.  For all your party tune needs, we’ve got you covered with our very own house band Toasted Special. With covers and mash ups a plenty on Saturday 21st November, what more could you want from your Saturday night! Sunday 22nd November we’re delighted to bring you the Delta Blues sound with the wonderful pairing of Dermot Byrne & Danny Tobin. 

Bringing their inimitable style of rhythm and groove to ours on Thursday 26th November we’ve got Oddsocks. They’ve developed a sound rich in harmonies and melody and always get the crowd stomping. Kick off your weekend with the unique Baile an Salsa on Friday 27th November. This ten strong band of international musicians, skillfully combine traditional Irish music with flavours of Latin salsa.   

Just what every Saturday needs is a bit of Ska, so come check out The Dodgy Few on Saturday 28th November. This six piece are steadily turning heads with their own original Ska and Rocksteady tunes. Helping to bring the weekend to a close, we’ve got a night of jazz and soul from the talented duo that is Lee Meehan and Hugh Buckley on Sunday 29th November. 

 

All our events are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!

 

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764

 

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate donagh@turningpirate.com

 

 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

 

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on November 01 2015

Solus Street Art in The Harbour Bar

Solus Street Art in The Harbour Bar

If you've taken a turn about our beer garden in the past few months, you've probably noticed some of the street art growing on our walls. The man behind the spray can is Dublin-based, internationally acclaimed Solus, who's been a street artist for the past seven years. 

He started out with basic stencils and immediately loved it, nothing else held his attention the way street art did and it wasn't long before various Irish and international websites started featuring his pieces and his illegal hobby became a legitimate career! 

The past few years, his international career has really taken off with multiple mural commissions and galleries representing him in New York, Toronto and Miami and a recent solo exhibition in Montreal. 

Many of his pieces are site specific - they are influenced by the history and culture of the area - such as his Punch Above Your Weight piece, dedicated to the Irish and Italian immigrants who settled in Little Italy, Manhattan and his iconic Joey Ramone mural opposite the famous CBGBs music club in Manhattan's East Village, which was spotted by The Ramones' estate manager who's interested in working with him.

His pieces for The Harbour Bar are a combination of some of his favourite stencils and Harbour-specific ideas we've developed with him over the past year. 

He was recently featured in Time Out NY and street art book 'Walls New York City'. His next big exhibitions are in Paris this month and Art Basel, Miami in December, but if you can't make either of those, just pop into us! Solus says there's a growing appreciation for street art in Ireland, so next time you're down, make sure you join in the appreciating! 

solusstreetart.com
 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on October 19 2015

October at The Harbour Bar

October at The Harbour Bar

It feels like only yesterday that we were wiling away the summer days. Wait, it WAS only yesterday. How quickly the autumn comes upon us. Never mind, we have a whole lot of brilliant live music coming your way at The Harbour Bar. As always, we invite you to come on down, grab a comfy chair, have a pint of plain (or whatever else takes your fancy) and check out what we’ve got in store for October. 

TONIGHT, Thursday, 1 October we’ll be kicking off October with Arklow blues rock four-piece Feel The Pinch rocking up to ours. If a 3 piece powerhouse of hard hitting, no nonsense rock is your thing then you’ll want to be front and centre for Brain Donation on Saturday, 3 October.  Their close harmonies, grungy guitar, sucker-punching bass lines and heavy dance beats produce an enormous sound that could drive even the most miserable of men to dance.  Sunday, 4 October will see funk merchants What Gives shaking it on our stage. 

 

WATSON ACE is the name of Colm Lynch’s new musical collective. It is a brilliant blend of soulful, stylish melodic rock by a group of supremely talented Irish musicians – and they’ll be doing their thing on Thursday, 8 October. The very next night, Friday, 9 October, The Hard Chargers will be bringing you dirty blues from Belfast. This trio take blues, roots and rock into thrilling territory - from aggressive washboard/resonator driven roots music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style blues rock. They’ve performed across the Ireland since 2009, performing at a stellar list of music & arts festivals, opening for cult US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Waterboys and recently The Alabama 3. A recent Belfast gig prompted Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, the legendary Terri Hooley, to describe them as ‘my kind of fecking band’.  We’ll be bringing you vintage rock and roll, 1950s style Saturday, 10 October in the shape of the deadly 4 piece The Rockets. 

There’s something special coming up on Sunday, 11 October when we welcome the stunning French duo  Alex De Vree and Erwan Le Fichant to ours to play some beautiful blues, jazz, afro and soul. What a way to spend a Sunday. 

We invite you to come and hold our hand on Monday, 12 October! The Classic Beatles are an absolutely exceptional act and never fail to get the crowd going. They very nearly blew the roof off our place the last time they played with a gig that was packed to the rafters - this perfect way to kickstart your week. 

 

On Thursday, 15t October we’ll be flinging open the doors to welcome some of the finest Americana, blues and country courtesy of The Whipperwills.  This is going to be a really special musical treat! The following night, Friday, 16 October is the turn of Galway’s finest Amazing Apples. This five piece multi-istrumentalist band play indie folk. And how! 

After The Ibis are an 8-piece roots reggae band with dub, jazz and soul influences.
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, After The Ibis have established a reputation that has seen them perform alongside the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Max Romeo, Third World, Tosh/Marley Band, The Skatalites and Junior Marvin. They take to our stage on Saturday, 17 October.

We are thrilled to welcome The Suitcase Junket on Sunday, 18 October. Prepare to be amazed at this truly original one man show. It’s an astonishing thing to watch Matt Lorenz, the architect and sole member of The Suitcase Junket, perform. For just one guy, he stirs up a considerable racket, his raspy voice and jangly guitar enlarged and distorted through two ancient Gibson amplifiers. Perched atop an empty accordion case, which also doubles as a bass drum, he manipulates a host of percussive instruments clustered at his feet. They are empty gas cans and dented cook pots, castaways pilfered from dumpsters and back alleys, any memory of their original purpose erased in the exuberant and frenzied compulsion to make noise. We URGE you to come and see this show! 

We’re gearing up for the banker! So, let’s kick it off on Thursday! Thursday, 22 October will see Hold Up, fine purveyors of funk, soul and pop. We’ve got the awesome Cronin playing on Friday, 23 October. These guys knocked it outta the park when they played Electric Picnic recently and this is their very first visit to The Harbour Bar, so get in to catch them. The weekend keeps going with the bluegrass and folk stylings of the wondrous five piece Blood Red Mountain Band on Saturday, 24 October.  Get your hip hop on and roll down the street to ours on Sunday, 25 October when we welcome back the awesome Gin ‘n’ Juice, a four piece hip hop powerhouse. This is a no gimmicks band, no shell suits or clock-medallions will be donned at their gigs. Just four top-class musicians with great taste in music, killing it on the stage and driving the crowd wild. The Bank Holiday Monday, 26 October will see the return of The Song Room Presents, where the very best of emerging Irish talent have a chance to reveal their wares. 

The last weekend of October – and we’ve made it a good ‘un! Thursday, 29 October we’ll be welcoming the musical folk stylings of the former Fleadh Cowboy, Pete Cummins. Pete has recorded and played with Townes van Zandt, Donovan, The Chieftains, John Prine and Nanci Griffith, with whom he was awarded a Grammy citation for his contribution to her album Other Voices, Other Rooms.  Friday, 30 October is going to be a whopper with the fabulous Irish duo Cry Monster Cry. This pair of brothers create beautiful, melodic harmonies with some heavier dark undertones present in the lyrics. They have been wowing critics both here and in the UK, come check them out! Halloween, Saturday, 31 October we know what’ll get you going! Prepare to raise the roof with the great The Eskies! They’ll be banging out their trademark brand of sea soaked gypsy folk and they guarantee a good time.  Also on Saturday, 31 October the Bray Beach Halloween Market returns to us from 11am to 4pm. Free in, all welcome! We’ll have lots to check out, The Crafty Fox, Ace Of Spades Stencils, Diane’s candles are just some of the stalls to see.. have a browse, ghoulfriends!

THE REGULARS!

We have some great regular features at The Harbour Bar, too. On Wednesday nights we have the incredible roots stylings of the Brand New Switcharoo. On Thursday nights we have trad from favourites Rake The Ashes. On Friday nights we welcome Crooked Jack & Friends as they treat us to some great traditional tunes. Grab a seat by the fire on Saturday nights and tune in to the talented Seoidin.

On Monday nights we have Tin Whistle Classes with Rie. Rie hails from Japan and has only been living here in Ireland for a few years and is already a champion tin whistler. She gives lessons, so give her a call on 0894601768 to organise! 

 

We love beer and we love clubs, so we’d never miss Tom’s Beer Club! It’s on every second Tuesday, but keep an eye on facebook.com/tomsbeerclub for more details. 

 

**RUGBY FANS** We’ll be showing all matches on the flat screen in the Main Bar and the Irish matches on the Big Screen ** 

 

All our event are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening! 

For media enquiries please contact Jenny @ We Are RedHead jenny@weareredhead.com / 087 9815585

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate donagh@turningpirate.com 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray or visit our website www.theharbourbar.ie

 

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on October 05 2015

Row-A-Round Ireland 2015

Huge congratulations to Ger Crowley and all the team behind Row-A-Round Ireland​, who finished their 1,000km journey around the country last Saturday!

The crew returned to their starting point at Bray Harbour, and stopped by for a few well-deserved celebratory pints. This epic voyage was undertaken in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, and the team have so far managed to raise over €75,000!

Please show your support and donate to this worthy cause: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/rowaroundireland

http://www.rowaroundireland.com/

Posted by The Harbour Bar on September 30 2015