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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  


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Posted by The Harbour Bar on March 31 2016