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The Harbour Bar Stage at Bray Jazz Festival ‘15

The Harbour Bar Stage at Bray Jazz Festival ‘15

After the roaring success of last year, The Harbour Bar are delighted to be hosting another packed weekend full of events for Bray Jazz Festival 2015! 

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with Dixieland Jazz band, Gerry O'Connor Trio.

Friday sees The B Sharps and Instrumental Funk/Soul band Bunk take to the Live Lounge Stage. 

On Saturday, we have an afternoon session with The Francesco Turrisi Quartet at 3pm. The CEO Experiemnt kick off the evening from 8pm and Neo-Soul band, Butter, headline. 

Sunday brings another great afternoon gig from The Nick Roth Quartet (3pm), with RE:Ellington at 7.30pm. New Orleans style street-stomping jazz band, Stomptown Brass finish off the evening in style! 

On Monday evening, we have five of Ireland's finest session musucians - otherwise known as Square Pegs - in the Live Lounge to ease you back into the week ahead! 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 27 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2015

2015 sees the return visit of the second stage from The Harbour Bar to Groove Festival at Killruddery House, Co Wicklow on July 4th and 5th 2015. Tickets are on sale now with main stage headliners Christy Moore (Sunday) and The Darkness (Saturday).

Groove Festival is delighted to welcome back the crew from Bray venue The Harbour Bar. Last year the stage was a hotbed of Irish talent and this year again they have curated a superb line up, expect performances to remember! The venue has become a hot spot for talent over the last few years with amazing artists and bands. The Harbour Bar sits directly opposite Bray harbour and is the perfect spot for a pint by the sea. Surrounded by chiming sailboats and the resident bevy of swans, it is the most unique pub in Bray with the stories to prove it.

Saturday 4th July

15:00 - 15:45 Toasted Special

16:00 - 16:45 Bunoscionn

17:00 - 17:45 Mark Geary

18:00 - 18:45 Corner Boy

19:00 - 19:45 The Cujo Family

Sunday 5th July

15:00 - 15:45 Stomptown Brass

16:00 - 16:45 The Bionic Rats

17:00 - 17:45 Maud in Cahoots

18:00 - 18:45 Tucan

19:00 - 19:45 The Eskies

Conor Duggan from The Harbour Bar said “We’re delighted to have been asked back to Groove Festival again for 2015. Last year gave The Harbour Bar a brilliant opportunity to showcase some of the incredible talent we have performing in our live lounge all year round, in a brand new environment. This year will be no different – we have a fantastic line-up of acts (and as is the norm in The Harbour, from a hugely varied cross-section of styles) to entertain over the two days of the festival. We look forward to seeing families and friends of all ages, with hopefully some new folk as well dancing in the sunshine in Killruddery House again this July.”

Tickets are on sale now from

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 21 2015

‘Stormy Night On The Shamrock Shore’ by Joe Perkins

‘Stormy Night On The Shamrock Shore’ by Joe Perkins

We were very pleasantly surprised recently when Bristol-based musician Joe Perkins got in touch to send us a song he had written, inspired by a night out at The Harbour Bar. 

Joe writes: "Over the last few years I've spent quite a lot of time in Ireland - a country that I love very much.

One night in particular, I found myself in a pub on the outskirts of Dublin - The Harbour Bar in Bray, I believe - in the middle of a wild rain storm, and after a few too many pints of Guinness I stumbled away from the group I was with and found a trad. folk band playing in one of the rooms of the pub. This was where I stayed for the rest of the night, clapping & 'whooping' along like a madman.

What I loved about this night was that the band wasn't there purely to entertain gumby tourists such as myself. It was just a local trad. group playing to local people, purely for the love of making & enjoying music, and keeping their country's rich musical traditions alive. It was awesome, and has always stuck in my mind as one of my favourite nights spent in Ireland.

Inspired by this experience, I have recently been trying to learn some new instruments - mainly the mandolin & Bodhran drum, often used in Irish folk music.

So here is my amateurish, Bristol-boy homage to that one wild night in Bray - spent enjoying the folk music of some genuinely wonderful musicians and the warm hospitality that only the Irish know how to give.

We're absolutely chuffed to have inspired this lovely tune! Thanks a million, Joe - you're welcome for a few pints and a session next time you visit Ireland!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 08 2015