Photographer Bob Dixon raffling his unique Glen Hansard Art Piece For Saint Vincent Depaul

Photographer Bob Dixon raffling his unique Glen Hansard Art Piece For Saint Vincent Depaul

Photographer raffling his unique Glen Hansard Art Piece For Saint Vincent Depaul We’re quite big fans of Glen Hansard here at The Irish Rock Museum. First of all there are the Frames, a solid Irish band that we rave about to everyone. Then there’s Once, one of our favourite movies, well, our own Sun Studios appears in the Movie and it’s an Oscar Winner so of course we’re very proud of that little movie. And now we have another Glen Hansard story for our little Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum courtesy of photographer Bob Dixon. Bob, a very talented photographer whose work you can see here. He has worked in the Irish music scene for over 15 years and capture a lot of Irish artists in a very unique way. Through the years he has created some bespoke pieces of artwork around many artists but there’s a very special piece created around  Glen Hansard that we’re going to ask you to donate some of your hard earned cash too! About Bob’s Glen Hansard Art Piece Below is a rather unique piece of artwork that is due to be raffled off to raise some seriously needed funds for Irish charity Saint Vincent De Paul. You can help raise money here. We spoke with Bob about the piece and we got a bit of history behind the piece. In his own words “Having worked with Glen through the years I decided to document his iconic guitar “horse” which with its worn out features shows the mileage a musician must do and with such passion! The shoot was before Glen performed at the...
Temple Tradfest 2018 The History of Trad Music and Rock N Roll Fusion

Temple Tradfest 2018 The History of Trad Music and Rock N Roll Fusion

The History of Trad Music & Rock N Roll Fusion for Temple Bar Tradfest 2018   Temple Bar Tradfest 2017 For Temple Bar TradFest 2018, we’re converting our usual rock ‘n’ roll tour into a Traditionally Irish Music themed tour. We’ll be talking about the Traditional music each of our rock stars drew their inspiration from, we have some traditional memorabilia from some of the most renowned traditional musicians. On top of that, we’re offering a 20% discount on admission for anyone with a ticket for a Tradfest gig or for those going on! Temple Bar’s Tradfest 2018 is an annual celebration showcasing the best of both Irish and International Traditional and Folk music. Once a small niche festival, Temple Bar Tradfest has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Tradfest 2018, yet again sees a host of talented artists taking to the stage across various venues. Genres range from folk and nu-folk to even Rock ‘N’ Roll. The past decade has seen the festival grow in terms of size and ambition, with this year looking to be the best yet! You can get tickets for the various gigs here. Tradfest 2018 Themed Tours To show our support for Temple Bar TradFest 2018 yet again we will be running our very popular and interesting Traditional Irish Music themed tour. Our knowledgeable tour guides will recount the story of Irish traditional music and pay particular homage to those Trad artists who have frequented the studios and venue in which the tour takes place. Those honoured include Donal Lunny, Luka Bloom, Declan Sinnott, The Gloaming and many more. Visitors will also...
Our 2017 list of Rock n Roll Christmas Tunes

Our 2017 list of Rock n Roll Christmas Tunes

Our 2017 list of Rock n Roll Christmas Tunes. Christmas is upon us once again and we’re feeling more and more festive each day. We’ve go our Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas Tour in full swing. We’re having our well deserved Christmas party and there’s even a few mince pies floating around. Now we’ve blogged before about the Top 10 Christmas Songs at the Museum but considering everyone and their granny has released a christmas song we thought we’d do another bumper playlist and spotlight on some of the rock ‘n’ roll diamonds which have dropped over the years. Below is a random step into rock n roll history, as some of these songs even we didn’t know existed., some are so obscure they’re not even on spotify, but we have them here for you all to view. 20. “Christmas Biscuits” Glen Hansard and Mark Geary 19.”White Christmas” Villagers This cover is part of a charity album featuring a wide range of Irish singers. The Album is called A Co- Present Christmas and is available to purchase on bandcamp<a href=”http://thecopresent.bandcamp.com/album/a-co-present-christmas-3″>A Co-Present Christmas by The Co-Present</a> 18. “Lonely This Christmas” Kodaline Kodaline never released this Christmas song but they recorded it live in 2014 for the British Garden Museum. 17. “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” Maria Doyle Kennedy This is also part of A Co- Present Christmas and is available to purchase here. Maria Doyle Kennedy is an Irish Singer Song writer and an actress from The Commitments, a movie that’s sure to be played in every Irish household over the festive period.<a href=”http://thecopresent.bandcamp.com/album/a-co-present-christmas-3″>A Co-Present Christmas by The Co-Present</a> 16....
Vibe For Philo 2018

Vibe For Philo 2018

  Vibe for Philo is an annual event held to commemorate Phil Lynott on the anniversary of his tragic death. It’s obviously an event close to our heart with Phil having such a strong presence in the museum, and this year we’re doing a discount and we’re talking about all things Lizzy! Vibe for Philo 2017 This year the Vibe is gearing up for a special commemorations with two shows in Whelan’s s on the 3rd, and 4th  of January. The Vibe includes performances from some of the best Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy cover bands and is an event not to be missed by any fan of either! 2018 will mark 40 years since the release of Live and Dangerous, one of the most succesful live albums and DVDs of all time. Vibe is always a good show with this year sure to celebrate a great music history. Phil Lynott in the museum Phil Lynott is an iconic figure in Irish rock and music in general. As such he holds a very special place in the heart of the museum. Our dedicated Thin Lizzy exhibit features a range of interesting Phil Lynott memorabilia from his school report to his iconic mirror bass, kindly donated by the lovely Philomena Lynott. The exhibition is housed in Apollo studio, where Phil actually recorded quite soon before he died. Vibe for Philo discount and competition To celebrate Phil’s anniversary and the Vibe for Philo, we’re offering a 20% discount for the museum for the first two weeks of the year. All you have to do is enter the code VIBEPHIL18 when booking online, or present...
Artist Spotlight: Kila how they influence Irish Music and their Christmas Tour

Artist Spotlight: Kila how they influence Irish Music and their Christmas Tour

Artist Spotlight: Kila how they influence Irish Music and their Christmas Tour       We’re big fans of traditional Irish music and fusion rock here at the Irish Rock n Roll Museum, for our Irish rock roots began on the trad scene. You can hear traditional fusions from most Irish bands, such as the standard hard rock n rolling from Thin Lizzy with Whiskey in the Jar and Roisin Dubh to Horslips and their fiddle, flute and mandolin trad influences but we thought we’d take the time out to reflect on Kila’s influence on the music industry as we know it. Kila’s Unique Sound Kila is one of those bands whose unique sounds stops a person and demands their attention. They’ve travelled worldwide with their music and retained their individual Irish tone since the 1980s. Now we’re not saying they haven’t changed. In fact, Kila are one of the only Irish bands to switch up their style as often as every year, however you can still hear elements of Irish Trad in everything we’re going to show you. First up is Kila’s works with movie soundtracks. This particular song is for internationally acclaimed movie “The Secret of Kells.” All credit goes to: M. Máire Ní Shúilleabháin on youtube for this video: Kila’s Unique Interpretation of World Music They are influenced by world music, some of which you can hear in the 2009 performance we found on youtube. The fusion of Irish trad and african music in this particular song is beautiful: Credit: Daniela Sabatini Kila’s Classic Stage Performances This particular performance enchanted the crowd in the Button Factory...
Some Irish Rock Connections to Queens of the Stone Age

Some Irish Rock Connections to Queens of the Stone Age

Some Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll links to Queens of the Stone Age As I’m sure many of you know  Queens of the Stone Age are playing this friday the 24th of November in the 3Arena in Dublin. This is going to be a little blog telling you the musical connections between Queens Of The Stone age and Ireland and there’s a lot more than you’ll think. The Nirvana Link Okay let’s go back to 1994, Nirvana were one of the biggest bands at time, they had 3 very successful albums on their backs and were on tour. They were scheduled to play RDS Simmons Court on the 8th of April, as all of us know that was the day it was announced Kurt Cobain had passed away. In the museum we have a poster that was donated to us by a member of the Irish Poster Association. If you’re a Queen’s fan then you already know the connection but if you’re still wondering what any of this has to do with Queens Of The Stone Age let us go on. Nirvana mainly (there were a few temporary characters in and out through the years) consisted of lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl. Now Grohl was devastated by the news of the passing of the singer of his band, and rightly so, he lost a close friend. But  a few years after Dave finished with Nirvana  he started a band called “Foo Fighters” Let me set the scene one day late 2001 Josh Homme rang Dave and asked him would he play drums for...