Rory Gallagher Festival 2018

Rory Gallagher Festival 2018

Rock Spots to visit when at the Rory Gallagher Festival     The Rory Gallagher International Festival is back for a very special year, what with it being Rory’s 70th Birthday this year. It’s taking place from the 31st May to the 3rd June and this year it has a cracking line up for fans of the blues and rock n roll legend. They’re rounding the troops up with Band of Friends (Gerry Mc Evoy, Ted McKenna and MarcelScherpenzeel) headlining. Another legendary musician is playing the festival this year too. That legendary drummer is Thin Lizzy founding member Brian Downey and his band Brian Downey’s “Alive and Dangerous”. With Brian, Band of Friends, Wilko Johnson and many other internationally renowned musicians playing, it will be a 70th bash to remember! With this in mind we decided to compile a list of places for you to visit on your Ballyshannon based Rory Gallagher Trail.       5. Rory Gallagher Place Rory Gallagher Place was developed by Barry O’Neil, who is also the director of the music festival. Rory Gallagher Place is located in East Port and it’s a popular place for fans of the musican to visit. 4. Rory Gallagher Theatre   In 2005 The Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal was renamed The Rory Gallagher Theatre in Rory’s Honour. It has a wood carving of Rory on it’s wall and not only does it celebrate Rory but it also hosts some of the Rory Gallagher Festival each year.   3. Rock Hospital   When down in Ballyshannon you must drop into Rock Hospital, where Rory was born. Yes, he...
Record Store Day 2018 Our Top Picks

Record Store Day 2018 Our Top Picks

Record Store Day Releases 2018 Our Picks. We’re big fans of vinyl here at the Museum, not that we really need to tell you, you can see that from our vinyl collection below, which is actually the largest on display record collection in Ireland. You can also see us wax lyrical about how we think vinyl just sounds better here. Don’t get us wrong, we still listen to Spotify and stream online but there’s something about sinking into the couch and listening to your favourite album that is epitomised by the crackle of our favourite record on a  player. A post shared by Irish Rock Museum (@irishrockmuseum) on Apr 20, 2018 at 5:47am PDT Now, this year we’re delighted that Record Store Day 2018 has some great releases and  has been taken on board by lots of musicians so we’ve compiled a list of records we wouldn’t mind picking up for you below. Led Zeppelin Rock N Roll Sunset Sound Mix & Friends Olympic Studio Mix Led Zeppelin are kicking off their 50th year in business by joining Record Store Day with two releases, both produced by Jimmy Page and previously unreleased to the public. Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. Tom Waits is rereleasing the three piece entitled Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, originally released in 2006. These were previously only sold as Orphans, but now they’re available for the first time as stand alone albums pressed on 2 xLP 180 transparent grey vinyl. All three are available to buy so pick one up or three! Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ which will...
NEW DONATION: Limited Edition 12” of U2’s first single; 3

NEW DONATION: Limited Edition 12” of U2’s first single; 3

NEW DONATION: Limited Edition 12” of U2’s first single; 3. Just in time for St Patrick’s Weekend we’re adding a new donation to the Irish Rock N Roll Museum into our U2 Room. The new addition is a particularly unique copy of U2’s first single “3”. How Andrew Got His Copy “Back in 1979, I was one of those many Dublin teenagers that used to go see U2 and others at the Dandelion Market for just 50p on a Saturday afternoon. When U2 announced that they were releasing their first piece of vinyl I joined the queue outside Advance records, just beside Dandelion and got a copy of the 12inch limited edition” Andrew Styles, the U2 Record Owner and donator. “There were only 1,000 issued from just a couple of independent record stores in Dublin.”(Photo Credit: Advance Records Patrick Brocklebank Source: https://eamondelaney.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/when-dublin-was-full-of-punks-and-mods/ ) About This Donation This 12 inch record which is number 519, of 1,000 records is a highly sought after collector’s item. It was only available to purchase in Ireland. Each record was hand pressed and individually numbered by Jackie Hayden, the Marketing Manager of CBS Records in Ireland at the time. CBS Records was the former name of Sony Records Ireland and is emblazoned on the vinyl cover. Jackie Hayden, who also signed U2 to CBS records joined Hot Press Magazine in 1983 and later became their General Manager. What’s interesting about this vinyl record is that Jackie Hayden etched the names of the members of the band onto both sides of each vinyl. Scratches on the vinyl, number 519, donated to the Museum are: CBS...
Competition | Win a Paddy’s Weekend Soundcheck with U2 Tribute Band Zooropa

Competition | Win a Paddy’s Weekend Soundcheck with U2 Tribute Band Zooropa

Win a Paddy’s Weekend Soundcheck with U2 Tribute Band Zooropa   Are you planning on visiting the Museum over the week leading up to St Patrick’s Day? There’s plenty of Irish Music History to be learnt and lot’s of craic to be had over the weekend of everything Irish! U2 Cover Band Zooropa will be taking to the Button Factory stage Friday the 16th March. And to celebrate all things Irish we’re doing a special little giveaway for our visitors. If you take our tour, on Thursday 15th or Friday 16th then you’re automatically entered into a competition to win tickets and the chance to rock out backstage with Zooropa themselves! And if you’ve already booked your tickets to U2 Cover Band Zooropa we’ll be offering 20% off to all Zooropa fans. Just use the code #ZOOROPAPADDY Book Your Guided Tour...
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...