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Main Bar Trad: Saturday Nights with Seoidín

Main Bar Trad: Saturday Nights with Seoidín

Anyone who’s found themselves in the Main bar of a Saturday evening, will have had the pleasure of soaking up some of the inimitable atmosphere our regular trad band Seoidín provide. The band have played every Saturday night since doing a charity gig here way back in 2004. The core line up at the moment, with an estimated 300 years of shared experience in trad, are Fred and Anto on accordion, Rie (from Tokyo!) on tin whistle, Joe and Gerry on the banjo, and Mick on vocals, but they’ve seen plenty of other members, both Irish and international, pass through over the years. 


Fred has been playing trad for over 50 years and remembers vividly a turning point in Irish musical culture and history when the songs our great-great-grandfathers generations played in kitchens during "Open House" entertainment nights and the poems he’d learned in school were suddenly being broadcast in Britain, American and beyond, by legends like The Clancy Brothers and Luke Kelly. 


Just a few years earlier, he and his friends were all trying to teach themselves Elvis’ Rock and Roll hits, but suddenly, a light was “lit underneath Irish folk music” which suited their voices, the instruments they had access to and their experiences. There was a revolutionary resurgence taking place in Irish trad, and Folk Clubs began popping up around the country, where self-taught musicians would play and teach, passing on songs, knowledge and traditions. 




Come down some Saturday night, get yourself a pint of the black stuff and settle in for an evening of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes as Seoidín recreate the “kitchen music” of our forefathers! 



Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 12 2015

It’s May. It’s Bray!

It’s May. It’s Bray!

Blow the dust off your windbreakers and break out the sun cream, here comes the summer!

After a long, cold winter, the sun is finally trying to show us some love, and even if it still more knitwear than swimwear, we at The Harbour Bar have some treats lined up to have you feeling sun-kissed and toasty.Without further ado, let us tell you what we’ve got in store!

On Saturday 9th May rockabilly 4 piece The Rockets transport us back to 1950’s America and treat us to some good old fashioned rock and roll, just like live human jukeboxes pumping out your favourite vintage classics. The following night, Sunday 10th May we’ll be welcoming the anticipated Lisbon-based The Loafing Heroes take to the stage. This band is a constantly evolving, international indie folk band, led by Irish vocalist, guitarist and composer Bartholomew Ryan. Their last visit to Ireland saw them selling out Dublin venue The Sugar Club, so get in and check these guys out! You won’t be disappointed.

On Thursday 14th of May, you’ll want to don your Stetsons for Dublin City Rounders as they treat you to an evening of old timey western swing and blues. YEEHAW! Then, on  Friday 15th May  we have Preacher's Son swinging by. Fronted by Kíla bass player Brian Hogan, the REAL LIFE son of a preacher man, expect an evening of swamp rock Americana. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the Preacher’s Son! If you like hip hop, funk AND dance, then you’ll want to be grabbing a spot upfront when the awesome Gin’n’Juice come by on Saturday 16th May.

f you want to catch the very very finest in emerging talent then head in to us on Sunday 17th May for our Song Room Presents. Then, on Wednesday 20th May Bray Cult Film Club will be screening John Hughes' classic 80s comedy caper Ferris Beuller’s Day Off at 8pm! Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? A card with 10 tickets costs €10 on the door - tickets can be used for any future Cult Film Club screenings. If you like cult cinema this definitely the ticket for you!

On Thursday 21st MayScott Maher will be joining us with his beautiful blend of blues, rock ‘n pop. Scott will be celebrating the release of his new record - come in and hear it live! Plus, as if brilliant live music wasn’t enough, we’ve got the Hardy Har Comedy Club on the same night, Thursday, 21 May! Willa White and Lisa Casey will be tickling your funny bones  this month, presented by our most awesome Adam Burke MC!

If funky blues and rock covers float your boat then Full House are going to be right up your alley. Come and get your groove on with us (and them!) on Friday 22nd May.  On Saturday 23rd May get into the summer spirit  with the very deadly 8 piece roots and reggae band,  After The Ibis. Sweet sweet reggae sounds! Robyn G Shiels will bring a taste of country to our place on Sunday, 24th May. Robyn has supported such stellar acts as Cat Power, Devendra Banhart, Richard Hawley, Two Gallants, The Good Life and Van Morrison - and many more! He describes it as ‘decent tunes for decent folk’  - can’t say fairer than that! Also on Sunday 24 May from 1-6pm we are thrilled to announce The Asian / Irish Cultural Festival! Featuring Asian food, Irish music from Seoidin and FREE WORKSHOPS! There’s a Bonsai Lecture, Sushi Surprise, Let’s Try Origami, Let’s Make a St Brigid’s Cross and more!

The following week, on Thursday 28th May a tremendous group of jazz musicians, East Coast Jazz Band, will be bringing Dixieland Jazz to our stage. These guys are a “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side” and we can’t say enough good things about these amazing musicians.

Singer, songwriter and artist Carol Keogh & The City Fathers will be in performing on Friday 29th May. Keogh has worked with noted Irish musicians and songwriters, such as Sharon Shannon and Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames, The Swell Season) amongst others - and her wonderful band, The City Fathers, provide a rich musical tapestry which highlights Carol’s gorgeous voice!

The very next day, Saturday 30th May get ready for The Niall McCabe Band. With their genesis on a small Island off the West Coast of Ireland, The Niall McCabe Band have honed a sound that is structured around the conventions of soul music and, in equal parts, reflects the influence of folk and rock traditions on their performance and writing. The sound? They call it transatlantic soul. We’re IN! Last, but certainly not least. we’ll be bidding the month of May a fond farewell with the VERY exciting and VERY original Saint John The Gambler on Sunday 31st May. Saint John the Gambler is an exciting original Alt Gypsy Swing band with a dance-inducing spirit. This Dublin-based band have melded sounds from by-gone eras and distant lands with modern songwriting taking in influences from Old-Time Jazz, Klezmer, Latin and Vaudeville to create a bluesy gypsy piracy. With high energy live shows SJG have gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting and unique bands in Ireland and we are only thrilled to have them coming to play!

Don’t forget, we’ve always got our regular events, too. On Wednesdays we have Brand New Switcharoo playing roots. On Thursdays we welcome Rake The Ashes with their take on traditional music and Friday and Saturday nights see Crooked Jack and Seoidín bringing you a healthy dose of trad!


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!



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Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 07 2015