We’re spoilt for choice this holiday season, but I’ll do my best to attend everything on offer — not that it’s possible, but I’ll try.
This evening, you could drop in to Cobblestone Joe’s and catch Parliament Square. Always a good choice.
Tomorrow, you could start with the absurd, wonderful, hilarious, ridiculously talented and completely drunk O Malleys in Nancy Blakes. The band whose proudest boast is that they never once rehearsed a song. And it shows, but we love them all the same.
You could follow that up with a visit to O’Dwyers to take in the Cha Haran band, featuring the legendary Johnny Fean on guitar and an assortment of former Grannies.
If you’re of a mind to do so, you could drop into Dolans after that and catch a bit of Brian O Connor, fresh in from Sweden and gigging with Dave Keary, Danny Byrt and Mike Quinn. There’s no point going there for Damien Dempsey because he’s sold out, so forget that.
Tomorrow night in Bourkes, a venue taht hosts so many huge acts in such a small space, you could also catch Moscow Metro.
Where would you get it?
On Monday, the 30th you could do worse than head back to Dolans to catch Eamonn Hehir’s new band, the Flag Listeners.
On New Years Eve, you could sample Trees Fall Down at Cobbles followed by Mrs Henry from 10:30 till very late indeed. Or else you could horse on up to Dolans again and catch the O Malleys’ ludicrous annual party.
Spoilt for choice? For sure. Keep it going.