22 August 2016

Hotspot to Harbour Roots Revival Festival, Greystones and Bray, 24-8 Aug. 2016: UPDATE

Thanks to Ailbhe of the Hot Spot Music Club at Greystones, Co. Wicklow, for news of the Hotspot to Harbour Roots Revival Festival, taking place this week from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 August. The venues are the Hot Spot in Greystones, and the Harbour Bar in Bray.

The Harbour Bar's section of the Festival features on Wednesday the BQ Trio (9.00-9.45 p.m.) and I Draw Slow (10.00-11.30 p.m.); on Thursday Dermot Byrne & Danny Tobin (7.30-9.00 p.m.) and Dr Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 (9.30-11.30 p.m.); and on Friday Malojian (9.00-10.15 p.m.) and Amazing Apples (10.30 p.m.-12.30 a.m.).

The Saturday programme starts around teatime with N.C. Lawlor (4.30-6.00 p.m.), the Whileaways (6.30-8.00 p.m.), Gavin Glass & the Shakers (8.30-10.00 p.m.), and Old Hannah (10.30 p.m.-12.30 a.m.). Sunday also starts early with the Louisiana 6 (4.00-5.30 p.m.), an 'Acoustic Ramble' with Old Hannah and Friends (6.00-7.30 p.m.), Paddy Dennehy & the Red Herring (8.00-9.15 p.m.), and the Young Folk (9.45-11.00 p.m.).
The Hot Spot's section of the festival begins at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday with a 'Ukes and Yodels' evening of song and ukulele music. A free beginners' workshop will be followed by a performance of folk and country songs from the Hotspot Ukes and Harbour Bar Ukuleles.

The big event for BIB readers is the 'double header' concert at the Hot Spot Music Club on Friday, with the Niall Toner Band (left above) plus the former Fleadh Cowboys Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly (right above). Doors open at 8.45 p.m., and tickets are €13 if booked in advance, and €15 on the door. An audio file of the NTB performing 'Judge and jury' from their latest album can be heard on the Hot Spot website.

On Saturday there's a Rock 'n' Roll roots revival concert with Tomcat & the Zodiacs playing rhythm 'n blue, rockabilly, and country music from the 1950s. Doors open at 8.30 p.m.; tickets are €10 in advance and €12 on the door.

On Sunday, Conor O'Donnell & the Daily Howl play at 3.00 p.m., and there's a Roots Session at 4.30 to which musicians are welcome. E-mail hotspotmusiclubg@gmail.com to participate.

Full details of all the Greystones events are on the Hot Spot website, together with coming events at the Hot Spot from now till February 2017. E-mail hotspotmusiclubg@gmail.com or phone 087 2917519 for further information.

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