As back-to-school time returns, it might feel like festival season is over, and that good gigs will be thin on the ground. But that’s not the case. There are some great shows coming up in the city in the next few months, as well as regular residencies that run throughout the autumn and winter.
On the residency front, if your weekend is still winding down, then Noriana Kennedy’s weekly session in The Salthouse on Sundays at 7pm is worth checking out. On Tuesdays, Tuam native and award-winning photographer Liam Carroll runs an open-mic in The Western Bar on Prospect Hill.
The Crane on Sea Road continues to be a hub of Galway trad, with Ailbhe Monaghan and John O’Halloran playing there on Wednesdays. Gugai DJs at Strange Brew in Róisín Dubh on Thursdays, continuing a night that dates back to the mid-1990s
Towards the weekend, it’s pretty much a matter of what you feel like listening or dancing to. The Blue Note on Sea Road is a good place for those fond of house and techno, and Electric on Abbeygate Street has brought in some great DJs over the past few months. In terms of notable ticketed shows in September the launch of the debut album from Galway funk outfit Til They’re All Broken in Monroe’s next Thursday, September 14, should be excellent, and John Smith in the Róisín Dubh on Friday, September 15, also comes recommended.