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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!

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!


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 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 / 087 9815585

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate 

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

Posted by The Harbour Bar on October 05 2015