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Jeffo Nesta

6 January 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THE Acoustic Club welcomes special guest singer/ songwriter Jeff O’Neill to The White House Bar on Thursday January 14. The open mic session is a non-profit gig welcoming aspiring songwriters, musicians and singers to play in front of a live audience.
Jeff O’Neill, aka Jeffo Nesta, is a singer/songwriter from Limerick City. His album ‘Circus Dances’ is a collection of ten very different, melody-driven songs in a mix of genres such as reggae, rock and folk. ‘Circus Dances’ has been a regular feature on radio shows across Europe and the U.S. and is currently available to download from iTunes.
Jeff was reared on a healthy diet of Bob Marley, Irish rock and folk music in the north-side of the city and to improve his own ability to sing, he travelled the world playing in various cover bands. He eventually decided to promote his own music and from his large repertoire of original songs, ten were chosen to record. With the help of some local musicians, a band was formed, an album was recorded and Jeffo Nesta was born.
Jeffo Nesta will play a number of songs from the album ‘Circus Dances’ at The Acoustic Club. Get a flavour of Jeffo Nesta from the wonderful animated lyric video for the song ‘Karl Canty’ from the album ‘Circus Dances’ on YouTube and

‘Smells like Nirvana’ with Paradox & Screenreader

16 April 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

CORK based alternative rockers Paradox and Screenreader are back on tour with a full set of Nirvana classics.
Nirvana exploded into the mainstream in 1991 with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. But weks before that Nirvana kicked off their European Tour in Cork in August at Sir Henry’s supporting Sonic Youth. Although Nirvana’s success and Kurt’s life was short lived they left behind a legacy of music, 3 full length studio albums, B-sides and much more which will be recreated by the two Cork acts.
Not just a Nirvana tribute, 2014 saw Paradox back in the studio recording their latest album ‘Chapters’. As the album name suggests this is the next chapter in the band’s history with many songs reflecting chapters in the band member’s lives.
‘Smells like Nirvana’ with Paradox & Screenreader will celebrate the legacy of grunge’s brightest lights this Friday April 17 at Cobblestone Joes playing Nirvana classics from Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero and beyond.


Rodrigo y Gabriela to play only Irish show at Limerick’s Big Top

1 April 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

ACOUSTIC guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Ireland this Summer for a one off exclusive Irish show playing Live at the Big Top at Limerick Milk Market. It has been seven years since Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero played in Limerick, Neil Dolan of Dolan’s Warehouse told Limerick Post newspaper,
“I’m delighted to welcome Rodrigo y Gabriela back to Limerick, we have been chasing them to play the Big Top for a few years and are ecstatic that they will play an exclusive date with us.”
During an eight year stay in Dublin the duo, originally from Mexico, forged a career from busking Metallica covers bossa nova style in the streets to filling venues throughout the country. Their exciting, intricate instrumental duets make Rodrigo y Gabriela a “must see” show, a musical tour de force that has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will play Live at the Big Top, Limerick Milk Market on Monday July 13. Tickets available at and ticketmaster outlets nationwide from Thursday April 2.

Music Generation’s Voices

27 January 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THE Limerick Music Generation project will hold a concert which will be streamed worldwide from the city this Tuesday night.
Music Generation’s Boris Hunka explained, “The event is the second in Music Generation’s Limerick Voices series, and follows the success of a similar event last November which involved music on three stages, streamed live to a worldwide audience, that event drew instant responses from New York, Dubai and Sydney.”
The event in November featured teenagers from Music Generation’s songwriting programme, the live event next week however will bring the cream of Limerick’s music scene centerstage. Footage from both concerts will form the foundation for the ‘Limerick Voices Archive’ which promises to be an online, ongoing repository of multi-generational, multi-genre creative expression.
The line-up is a powerful array of local singers, spoken word artists and instrumentalists. They include Kat Turner, Stephen Ryan (Windings, Giveamanakick), God Knows, Glen Scully (Leading Armies), Diane Daly (Irish Chamber Orchestra), Naïve Ted, Ciara Meade, David, James and Ann Blake (Brad Pitt Light Orchestra), Murli, Peter Hanagan, Patrick O’Brien (Windings, Last Days of Death Country), Lisa Bourke, Anthony Monaghan (Protobaby), Bart Kiely Denise Chaila and Boris Hunka.
As last time there will be three stages, allowing the different songs to seamlessly link, and the gig will be streamed live.
Music Generation’s Limerick Voices happens on Tuesday January 27 at Limerick School of Art and Design. The event will be streamed at

The Waterboys to play Limerick

7 October 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

MIKE Scott and the Waterboys will play Limerick for the first time in over 10 years bringing a show that reflects every part of the band’s 30 year career. The Waterboys were formed in 1983 by Mike Scott and found their audience with their “Big Music”, powerful live performances and majestic rock albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon.

After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, still part of the line-up, the band created their million-selling Fisherman’s Blues album in Ireland on which Scott’s songwriting was merged with traditional Irish music and country.

The Waterboys play Live at the Big Top, Limerick Milk Market on Wednesday December 3.

Horslips after 35 years Live at the Big Top

14 August 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

by Eric FitzGerald

IT was 35 years since Horslips had played in Limerick. There was a wry smile on the face of Limrock legend Johnny Fean as he launched into the opening chords of ‘King of the Fairies’ in front of a huge crowd at Limerick Milk Market. Fans who had been around to witness Horslips at their regular gigs in the Savoy in the seventies mixed with the younger ones (anyone under 40!!), all sharing the experience of the band who ended back in 1980 after more than 2000 gigs and ten albums in ten years.

The set included ‘Furniture’ from their debut album; it still sounded as vital and relevant today as it did when Horslips played it at their first gig in Limerick at the Confraternity Centre in 1972. The band found their swagger as trad/ prog rock pieces from early albums ‘The Táin’ and ‘The Book of Invasions’ delighted the crowd. It was all smiles from Jim Lockhart, Barry Devlin, Charles O’Connor, Johnny Fean with new drummer Ray Fean (Johnny’s younger brother) grinning and waving to his friends, looking like he had won his place with the Irish rock legends as a prize! In reality he is one of the country’s foremost session drummers, and by then everyone in Milk Market knew they were part of something quite special.

The players gave this show 110 per cent effort, this was Horslips revisiting their 1970s’ best. As the guitar riff from ‘Sword of Light’ burned through the night air, the intensity grew and Johnny Fean rose to the occasion. This was a Limrock legend bringing Horslips to his hometown for the first time in decades. His guitar playing and vocals were immense as he led the band on the home stretch with ’I’ll Be Waiting’ and ‘Trouble with a Capital T’ and the epic show closer, ‘Dearg Doom’. An encore of ‘Loneliness’ and Johnny Kidd’s ‘Shakin’ All Over’ sent the crowd home happy.

Your reviewer wore out the grooves of Horslips 1980 release ‘Belfast Gigs’ as a kid. Too young in the ’70s to go to gigs, I got to raise my hands and chant Horslips to my childhood heroes at a live show for the very first time. After waiting 35 years, please don’t leave it so long the next time!

Horslips to play Limerick

12 June 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

PSYCHEDELIC folk rockers Horslips will play Limerick Milk Market on Friday August 8. For Horslips this will be the first gig in Limerick in 35 years. Horslips are one of the defining bands of the Celtic rock genre releasing nine albums in the 1970’s that explored celtic mythology mixing traditional Irish music with blues rock that made the band one of Ireland’s most exciting live acts with a following that holds Horslips as celtic heroes to this day.

horslips2The gig is part of the Sarsfields Day celebrations. Sarsfields Day on August 8 is a festival to celebrate Patrick Sarsfield and the Jacobite heroes of Limerick in 1690.

Horslips play Live at the Big Top on Friday August 8.

Limerick gig for Kasabian

4 April 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Tickets for Kasabian’s show in Limerick are now on sale.

kasabianTHE band last played Limerick in August 2008, when their epic dance rock shook Dolans to its very foundations. The Leicester quartet have a new album release due out in June. A festival favourite across Europe, Kasabian are headlining Benicassim and Glastonbury where they will be the last band to play the Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 29 but before all that they are playing Limerick, a major coup for promoter Mick Dolan adding a true big time rock ‘n’ roll band to Limerick’s City of Culture lineup.

Kasabian will play the Big Top on Friday May the 16. Tickets are €38, support to be announced.

GOING 90 ‘Kings Among Men’

19 March 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK band Going 90, have released a video for new single ‘Kings Among Men’. The track was produced by Neal Calderwood of Manor Park Studios in Belfast. It is available now on a free download at Going 90 has shared stages with Fight Like Apes, Le Galaxie and The Riptide Movement.
A five-track E.P including ‘Kings Among Men’ is imminent launching upstairs in Dolan’s on March 22.

Going 90

New music and tour from James Vincent McMorrow

24 October 2013 by musiclimerick, No Comments

JAMES Vincent McMorrow has announced a release date for his new album and a gig in Limerick.

The opening track from his new album is streaming now on The song ‘Cavalier’ off his new album ‘Post Tropical’ sees McMorrow ditch the guitar for a James Blake-style sparse soundtrack. It is a stunning piece that will raise anticipation for the artist’s Limerick show and new record.

The critically acclaimed debut album ‘Early in the Morning’ from James Vincent McMorrow reached number 1, went platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010. The follow up album ‘Post Tropical’ will be released in January. The new record will herald a change in musical direction for the songwriter who revealed, “I’m so proud of ‘Early in the Morning’ but I never longed to be a guy with a guitar. You play these songs live as best you can, and suddenly you’re a folk musician. But the texture of this new record is completely different. This is the kind of stuff that makes sense to me.”
James Vincent McMorrow will play University Concert Hall, Limerick on Saturday February 1.