Archive for January, 2020

The Dead Dinner

Written by conall. Posted in charity

The Dead is the final short story in the James Joyce collection of short stories “Dubliners”. The story is set at a dinner party on 6th of January 1904, (which is The Feast of the Epiphany, sometimes known as Little Christmas), at 15 Ushers Island, which is just down the road from Arthur’s Pub. On Monday 6th of January 2020, Arthur’s Pub are hosting a very special charity event, THE DEAD DINNER, at 7pm.

We will start by showing the first part of John Huston’s classic film adaptation of the story, The Dead, starring Angelica Huston, and the late Donal McCann. We will then have our own Epiphany Dinner, which will be the exact meal as detailed in the short story. After dinner, we will show the second and final part of the film. When it is over, we will have some musical entertainment of the era. Like at any good dinnerparty, we encourage the guests to contribute their own party piece as part of the fun. The ticket price, inclusive of the film, the 3 course meal (including goose, spiced beef & ham), wine for the evening and the musical entertainment is all just €60(plus booking fee) All proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Mendicity Institution, which is one of the oldest charities in Dublin, and who provide meals for the poor from their premises in Island Street, almost directly behind 15 Ushers Island. A very limited number of tickets are a available… Period Dress encouraged

Take Me To The Alley – Gregory Porter Tribute

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

Take me to the Alley- A Night of Gregory Porter will be performed by 25 year old Irish jazz singer Bob McQuaid, known as Bobby Mc. The Meath musician created his new show in recognition of the charismatic jazz singer he cites as one of his music heroes. Bobby Mc has been performing from a young age and aged 18, he was a lead vocalist in the German Tour of a show called Irish Dreams. In the same year, Porter’s Liquid Spirit album was released, which went on to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The tribute show, which features a full live band, sees the young Meath man perfectly capture Porter’s earthy brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. Bobby Mc’s take on his hero’s beautifully melodic music includes treasured classics and fan favourites such as ‘Hey Laura’, ‘Water under Bridges’, ‘Be Good’, ‘On my Way to Harlem’ and ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’. Since graduating university in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Actuarial Maths, Bob Mc Quaid has performed full-time with his swing band, Bobby Mc and The Dukes. The energetic six-piece create spectacular live shows with an exciting blend of swing and jazz featuring music and songs by artists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, as well as jazz icon Gregory Porter. From his first album ‘Water’ to his most recent release ‘Nat King Cole and me’, come and enjoy a night full of Gregory’s best songs. As well as all the hits, you’ll also hear some of his unique covers that he has performed over the years. Accompanied by a full live band, Irish Jazz singer Bobby Mc will pay tribute to Porter with his own take on this beautifully melodic music. The show debuted in The Sugar Club back in August to rave reviews. It was also performed in The Purty Kitchen in October and for it’s third performance, the show is coming to the home of Jazz and Blues in Dublin, Arthur’s. Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry 15€(including booking fee)

The Docks

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

The DOCKS is a sonic response to political dystopia. Formed in 2014 by vocalist, composer and curator Olesya Zdorovetska, the group features some of Ireland’s leading improvisers. Taking the social fabric of our world as inspiration, the DOCKS weave a broad array of influences including noise, jazz, classical and electronic music into their compositional approach. “The glowing edge of the Dublin creative music scene” – Irish Times Culture Derek Whyte – electric bass Olesya Zdorovetska – vocal Colm O’Hara – trombone Keith Lindsay – electronics Shane O’Donovan – drums Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry €10

Daniel Soro Quartet

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

Native Dubliner Daniel Soro returns to Arthurs with special guest Peter Dobai (sax). Channelling the creative energy and blues driven sincerity of the Blue Note period, Soro dexterously strikes the balance between the virtuosic and soulful, drawing comparisons to Louis Stewart, Joe Pass and Grant Green. Although steeped in the tradition of Bebop, Soro’s unique approach to the instrument arises from his background as an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist. One of a very few wholly finger style jazz guitarists, this classical heritage carries through to his improvisation, compositions, and notable solo arrangements. Joined by some of Ireland’s finest Bop players you can expect a bit of everything; from burning tempos to Dark Bluesy Ballads, a blend of traditional and contemporary language. Guitar – Daniel Soro Sax – Peter Dobai Bass – Derek Whyte Drums – Brendan Doherty Doors 8.30 Music 9

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