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Banjo & Bovril Trad Festival 28/01 - 01/02

If you're reading this, you've just about survived January - time to celebrate! What better way than in The Harbour Bar, Bray this weekend at our Banjo & Bovril Trad Fest? 

We've a great line up of some of the finest trad acts and workshops in the country, including Kíla, Bunoscionn, Jiggy and Old Hannah - and, best of all, every event is free!

Located just a few minutes walk from Bray DART station, The Harbour Bar will be serving up extra helpings of ceoil agus craic this weekend, hope to see you down here! 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on January 26 2015

Music! Poetry! Dancing! Bovril! (and more!)

Music! Poetry! Dancing! Bovril! (and more!)

The Harbour Bar in Bray have five days and nights of excellent music and assorted events coming your way..and it’s all free! We’re bringing back the infamous Harbour Bar’s Banjo and Bovril Nights!

In the spit and sawdust days of The Harbour, when the short winter’s days were coming to a close and the wind was whipping against the door, Paul Snr would have a slab of cheese at the ready and crackers out while everyone grabbed steaming mugs of Bovril and prepared for the arrival of Jimmy The Banjo. (Mind, not a pint was served until the cheese was in the belly and Jimmy was ready to belt out tunes to the gathering.) The roaring fire would bring a glow to the cheeks and songs of faeries and their love of giants would get the crowd warmed up fast. We’re celebrating this old tradition coming back to life - so sit back and check out we have on offer for you.

Easing us into what is certain to be 5 days and nights of  immense craic, we have the fabulous The Brand New Switcheroo on Wednesday, 28 January. Brothers Brian and Diarmuid Glynn, joined by Anthony Mannion, will be performing a mix of blues, bluegrass and folk music in The Bar. With guitars, fiddles and mandolins which swap hands throughout the act (and accounts for the ‘switcheroo’ part of their name), and the blend of their voices, you’ll be toe tapping and head nodding in front of our fire in no time (9:30-11:30). 

On Thursday, 29 January we’ll be welcoming 5 piece ballad group Rake The Ashes to The Bar, who’ll be singing songs to their hearts’ content (and yours)!(9:30-11:30)We then have the brilliant Old Hannah hitting the stage in ourLive Lounge. Old Hannah are a 4 piece country-roots band hailing from Sligo. Featuring Anthony Mannion (dobro/guitar/vocals), Lucie Crichlow (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Luke Mercer (guitar/vocals), and Leo Morris (banjo/guitar/vocals), they mix traditional and contemporary influences and masterful three-part vocal harmonies They’ve played Other Voices, Body & Soul Festival, Hard Working Class Heroes and Sligo Live, to name a few. Come and check out why The Irish Times called them “a sublime band who straddle folk, country, roots, bluegrass, and more” (9pm)

On Friday, 30 January in The Bar we invite you to pull up a seat and check out the ever popular trad stylings of Crooked Jack & Friends (9:30-12:30). Bunoscionn will be paying a visit to our Live Lounge. Formed through friendships, sessions and copious cups of tea, they describe themselves as ‘a musical love-child mothered by Irish folk music and fathered by dance, reggae and rock’. This 5 piece band have been entertaining folks for several years, playing tonnes of festivals and stages in Ireland and Europe. 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, we guarantee this is going to be a night you won’t want to miss! (10:30pm)

On Saturday, 31 January we’re starting off with Banjo, Rhythm and Rhymein the Live Lounge (3 - 4pm), expect banjo tunes and chats.We’ll then have the Circle Sessions, a celebration of Irish poetry, Upstairs (4:30 - 5:30pm). Trad group Seoidín will be in The Bar (9:30-12:30) - what better way to while away an afternoon? On Saturday night we’re bringing you Trad vs Hip-Hop in the shape of the hypnotic Jiggy in the Live Lounge. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Garry O’Meara (banjo), Éamonn Galldubh (pipes), Robbie Harris (percussion) and DJayzus and his decks mix traditional Irish dance tunes and sweet hip hop beats. The result? Serious toe-tappability. (10:30pm)

Pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month! Never ones for resting on the sabbath, we’ve got lots in store for you on Sunday, 1 February. Banjo, Rhythm and Rhyme are back in the Live Lounge (3 - 4pm). We’ve got aTrad Session in The Bar to get your feet stomping while you sup a pint (3-5pm). From the early evening we’ll have an hour of The Magic of Irish Danceto stir your soul (5-6pm). Last, but most certainly not least, we have the spectacular-no-holds-barred Kila hitting our Live Lounge (9pm). Hailed as one of Ireland’s most exciting bands, Kila’s music has roots in traditional Irish music, with strong percussive like singing, gorgeous melodies and a serious rhythmical undercurrent. They are widely renowned for their awesome live performances and have been thrilling folks around the world for years. 

So, folks, there you have it. Our Banjo & Bovril Nights are back with a bang!  Five nights of great music and atmosphere - and all free. Grab a creamy pint, a steamy mug of Bovril or enjoy a craft beer (the lip smackingly good Wicklow Wolf is brewed right here in Bray!). Pull up a comfy chair in front of the fire, hide away in our lovely Snug, relax in our Conservatory or hit our heated Beer Garden and take in some sea air.  

Posted by The Harbour Bar on January 15 2015