Gig at the Mills 2016

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After the fear of rain making an appearance, we were lucky to have a perfect evenings condition for the 2016 Gig at the Mills! Organised by David Diebold and Cian Mulhall, it was an incredible sold out night in the amazing venue that is Skerries Mills!

Morrisey and Marshall were our opening act as they entertained the crowd with their acoustic set. Next up we had local band Risky Business who really got the crowd rocking away which rolled perfectly into our main act of the night, Something Happens! The hit 80’s  band rocked Skerries Mills and the crowd loved it! An amazing night was had by all.

Photo credit Skerries camera club.

Red Island Rocks! Panel Show

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It was a first of its kind event for Skerries Soundwaves. An evening of music, banter and storytelling of what Red Island music venue was like back in its hey day!

Skerries Harps was the venue for the event and what a night it turned out to be! We were joined by Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin from the Horslips who headlined gig’s in Red Island many times throughout the 70’s. They spoke of their day’s of touring around the world and shared some great stories of what it was like to be one of the biggest bands in Ireland in their prime.

Also on the panel was Philomena Lynott, mother of the late Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott. She was a lovely but yet hilarious addition to the panel as she shared stories of being on tour with Phil and Thin Lizzy in the 70’s and some hilarious home stories of what Phil was like outside of Thin Lizzy. Some of her stories were definitely the highlight of the night.

Our brilliant MC was local drummer and music enthusiast Myles Lally from Risky Business. He wowed the audience with his musical knowledge and music clips of both Horslips and Thin Lizzy performing.

The evening was a very enjoyable one for all who attended and it was great to see such interaction between the audience and the panel, as plenty of audience member’s shared their stories of times they seen both bands performing and when they may have met them at certain stages over the years.


Photo credit Skerries camera club.


Event Tickets now available

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With not long to go now until the Launch of Skerries Soundwaves 2016, tickets for some of our events are now available online through eventbrite!

We have an exciting range of events to offer this year. Some of our events have very limited tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment!

These include:

  • Classical Summer breeze Concert, Thursday September 22nd, 8pm, Holmpatrick Church available here
  • Voices raised from the wreck of the Tayleur poetry event,Saturday 24th September, 5pm, Skerries Sailing Club available here
  • Red Island Rocks! Panel Show,Friday September 23rd, 7pm, Skerries Harps, available here
  • Mozart’s Magic Flute,Saturday 24th September, 7pm, Little Theatre available here
  • Printmaking Workshop with Margaret Becker, Saturday 17th September, 10:30am, Skerries Mills,  available here
  • Introduction to drawing with Dave West, Sunday 25th September, 2pm, Skerries Mills available here
  • Minecraft Event, beginning online Friday 16th September, 4pm,  available here

Once these tickets are gone they are gone!


Festival Launch / The Illustrated Beatles Exhibition

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Culture Night, Friday 20th, 8 pm, Skerries Mills – free.
Go to our blog for pictures & more.

The 10th anniversary celebrations of the much loved Skerries music and arts festival will be kicked off in style with the opening of a fab exhibitition by Illustrators Ireland:
The Illustrated Beatles, curated by Peter Donnelly.

The Illustrated Beatles on tour!
The Illustrated Beatles on tour!

Illusrated BeatlesFeaturing 42 original images, interpreting 42 songs, by 42 artists, this show has toured venues around Ireland since last October, receiving rave reviews.

At the Festival Launch 2012
Your Magical Mystery Tour Guides await you!

Don’t miss a chance to meet some of the illustrators, who might even draw a a personalised doodle for you.
Light refreshments served.Magical mystery tour anyone??
The Soundwaves team hope to see you there, to launch our 10th festival in style!

Eleanor McEvoy (and i am niamh)

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Saturday 21st, doors open 8 pm, upstairs in Blue Bar – €15. Tickets in The Bubble Room, Strand Street, or at the door.
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Having just completed a series of highly successful “Woman’s Heart” concerts in Dublin, Eleanor continues her GIRL IN A BLACK CAR TOUR to coincide with the April release of her new album “If You Leave…”

Tuesday in Williamstown. Massachusetts; Thursday in New York; Sunday in Somerville, Massachusetts, Friday 20th in Dundalk, and then on Saturday, 21 September, at Blue Bar, Skerries, where Eleanor will hit the stage around 9 pm! 

EMcE by Sue CampbellHer performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful playing. EMcE (c) cold 24

Irish Times: “Mc Evoy’s facility with everything from Tex-Mex country to straight up three-chord trickery is a timely reminder of what sets a musician apart: a hunger for exploration and a deep-seated talent for exploring the darker corners of both music and life. ****

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And supporting Eleanor in this gig, Soundwaves welcomes i am niamhcomprised primarily of a Dublin-based solo project artist, Niamh Parkinson. Her musical style has be considered avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice with idiosyncratic tendencies in her music.

i am niamh has just released her first EP with a sold out launch and continues to receive great praise from the music industry. It got to number 1 in the Music Review Unsigned EP charts.

“Classically trained soprano Niamh Parkinson cites everyone from Debussy to Deerhoof as an influence, and it shows. Her eerie, modern piano riffs and bold string arrangements make her one for Regina Spektor and Kate Bush devotees.” TIME OUT LONDON September 2013

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Check out Niamh’s debut EP at https://soundcloud.com/iamniamh/sets/i-am-niamh-ep

Shadows and Light

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Tuesday 24th, 9pm, upstairs in Joe May’s – €5. Tickets in The Bubble Room, Strand Street, and at the door.

Go to our blog for pictures of this event & more.

Shadows and LightBe transported to a world of beauty through the music and lyrics of Joni Mitchell, brought to you by a superb band who love her music. Unmissable.

Shadows & Light are an established 3-piece band based in Dublin that love to sing and play the amazing songs of Joni Mitchell. 

Maura Flynn (vocals), Dave Mulligan (guitars) and Paul Enright (keyboards) have a long musical pedigree. Dave and Paul have been playing together for 25 years, while Maura has been singing with the guys for 3 years as part of ‘Red Shoes’ – a six-piece pop/funk band based in Dublin.  Dave has a Degree in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music School, while Maura has a Masters in Music and is a full-time music teacher.

They are true Joni Mitchell fans.

Maura: I have been haunted by Joni Mitchell for years. Since college days, when my room-mate played her hits over and over on CDs, sang them with a guitar, or played them on the piano. The piano sat where most people’s TVs sat.

Dave: Her lyrics haunt me too. I’ve always been one for lyrics. They roll around on my tongue till I get used to them. 

Paul: It has been so cool to finally get a chance to sing some of her tunes with great musicians who love this music nearly more than me! 

Some of Joni Mitchell’s songs that they play are:

A Case of You
All I Want
Big Yellow Taxi
Both Sides Now
Chelsea Morning
Chinese Cafe
Free Man in Paris
Harry’s House / Centrepiece
Help Me
Hissing of Summer Lawns
In France They Kiss on Main Street
Raised on Robbery
Trouble Child

Which ones they’ll play on the 24th? Well, you’ll just have to come along and see!

In the meantime, you could visit their website and listen to some of their music.

Tribal Drumming Workshops and Performance for all ages and abilities

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Tuesday 24th, workshop at 4pm , Little Theatre – €5. Tickets in The Bubble Room, Strand Street.

Tuesday 24th, performance for friends and family at 8pm, Little Theatre – free

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A unique opportunity to experience an uplifting, inspiring drumming circle work shop with John Bowker, Ireland’s leading drum circle facilitator” (The Irish Times).

The tribe at the centre... let's drum!
The tribe at the centre… let’s drum!

A 2.5 hr-long workshop around tribal drumming – absolute beginners are absolutely welcome, young and old alike.
The music enables us to celebrate human potential and creativity and allows us to restore our spirits, our connection with ourselves and each other. This is a special experience with a great ethos at its core.
Workshop participants must be available to also participate in the performance for family and friends that takes place at 8 pm.

Following the workshop, participants will get a chance to share their experience with an audience of family and friends.
But it will not be passive watching and listening, but active participation. The audience will be taught chant and clapping rhythms so they are no longer simply spectators but instead part of the community. A special night to remember!

Tribal drums.
Tribal drums.