Kilkenny music offering steps up as we head into a new month

Some top gigs and events for the days ahead

As we head towards February the music offering steps up in the city and across the county.

Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series makes its 2018 return as Le Galaxie takes to the stage in Kilkenny to perform their interpretation of the famed Apocalypse Now soundtrack. Bringing their boundless energy and creative flair to Billy Byrne’s, gig goers will experience something truly special, supported by DJ Sally Cinnamon.

It takes place on Saturday, February 10 with doors from 8pm. Tickets (€10, including free pint) can be purchased from or direct from Billy Byrne's.

The Ronan Collins Showband Show titled Reeling in the Showband Years hits the Watergate Theatre at 8pm on Thursday. Hugely successful in its runs over the past eight years, the session is hosted and compered by Ronan Collins.
If you’ve not got a ticket however you’ll not be getting in as it’s sold out. But do check with the venue box office in case there have been some passes dropped back.

Over on John Street The Sofa Sessions kick off at Billy Byrne’s Bar at 9pm. For this, Piano Trio Series number four, Carole Nelson, Cormac O’Brien & Dominic Mullen will provide the music.

Friday has a benefit gig in aid of local musician John Travers. It will take place at Set Theatre at Langton’s from 8pm. Participants include Joseph O’Faolain, Billy Barron, Willie Maher and Andy Murray from the Fifth Degree, Andrew McGuinness, The Hot Four, Yvonne Moriarty and Kevin Byrne.

Meanwhile, the First Friday Session at the Home Rule Club features John Dwyer and friends.

If leotards andshoulder pads bring you back to great memories or you’ve heard the older people in your life reference the great era of music from Michael Jackson, Madonna and more then there’s a special event just for you. Relay for Life Kilkenny has an “I Love 80s” night complete with a fancy dress disco at Kyteler’s Inn. It starts at 9.30pm and admission is €5 with proceeds helping the local crew who fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society.

There’s a triple treat at Billy Byrne’s Bar with electronic act 1000 Beasts, also known as Cian Sweeney,hitting the Marble City ahead of the release of single Lord (It’s Ok) on February 23. He teams with Travis is a Tourist from Belfast and local three-piece indie outfit Vivian Backstabbers. That’s from 10pm.

At the same time The Papa Zitas bring their Motown big band sound to the Left Bank while at Ryan’s Bar there’s some great action with Sweet Freedom.

Saturday boasts legendary Irish accordian player Sharon Shannon who plays the Watergate Theatre from 8pm.
On the same night The Remembering Joe Dolan tenth anniversary tour rolls into Lyrath Estate Hotel from 8pm. The lineup includes Ben Dolan, Adrian Dolan, Ray Dolan, Sandra Dolan, Karen Carroll with the original Joe Dolan band and some special guests.

At Ryan’s Bar catch Big Guns or pop to the Home Rule Club where Martin Lacey plays the bar.

However, if Daft Punk is your passion then Morrisson’s Bar is where you need to be. Tribute act Da Funk play there from 10pm.
Keep the party going then with the weekly offering at Matt the Miller’s on Monday night with After Dark a DJ.

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