Few things are as good as live music and there’s going to be an abundance of that across Dublin this month. Yep, MusicTown is back for ten days of concerts, masterclasses, workshops and collaborations.
This year’s festival runs from 13 – 22 April and is a real showcase of creative talent in Ireland and beyond. It’s a mash up of all sorts: music, visual arts, literature – and a teddy bears’ picnic too!
One of the best aspects of MusicTown is the collaborations. They really are one-off chances to see art, music, literature and the spoken word combine – and a great way to discover stuff you may never have thought you’d be interested in.
Work by new music collective, Crash Ensemble gets a visual update courtesy of three filmmakers; Jack Phelan, Oonagh Kearney and Laura Sheeran this year. Their response to the Bedroom Community album, Ghost has its premiere screening in the Irish Film Institute (IFI) on 14 April.
You can always rely on a Dub for a story and Macdara Yeates and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society present Are You A Button Man?, an event full of storytelling, song and music recounting the tales of Dublin’s former dockworkers. Check it out in The Sugar Club on 18 April.
Dublin band, Little Green Cars will collaborate with acclaimed painter Andrew Vickery for a gig at The Abbey Theatre. Andrew is contributing special artwork backdrops for the gig on 19 April.
The unique voice of Cavan’s Lisa O’Neill is another highlight as she collaborates with author Pat McCabe, and songwriter Cass McCombs for a gig at The Abbey Theatre on 20 April.
Tadhg Byrne presents Sounds of the Diaspora at The Sugar Club on 21 April. This gig celebrates the diversity of African and Caribbean music styles and also shows their influence within today's Irish music scene.
If you’ve got little ‘uns in your life, young musicians will be making their musical debuts at My First Concert in The Royal Irish Academy of Music on 15 April; there are trad gigs for kids, performed by Moxie at The Ark in Temple Bar on 20 April and the Dublin Choral Foundation present The Teddy Bears’ Picnic around the city on 22 April.
There’s a MusicTown playlist on Spotify and for more info on gigs and events, head to to the website.