New Donation | Terrie Colman-Black Donation to the Museum

A Donation For All Our Beatles Fans The Museum is delighted to announce that we’re launching an exhibition of Beatles Memorabilia donated by arguably Ireland’s Biggest Beatles Fan Terri-Colman Black. Part of the donation is Terri’s ticket and the booklet from that very gig! The Beatles played in Ireland one one occcasion, twice in The Adelphi Cinema in Dublin on November 7th...
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...

Irish Rock N Roll Museum Fans Favourite Lyric

Irish Rock N Roll Museum Fans Favourite Lyric Did you know that on this day in 2006 VH1 declared U2’s lyric “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” the UK’s favourite Lyric above The Smiths, Bob Marley, Nirvana, and Coldplay. For an Irish band to top their charts that is pretty impressive. Now we’re clearly the Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum, but now that we’re thinking of it, 12 years on do you think there are any other song lyrics that may have been released that would top it? Vote Yes or No and maybe leave a comment or two of suggestions for what you would vote the Irish Rock N Roll Museum’s favourite lyric! What's your Favourite Music Lyric? One "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" U2 How Soon Is Now "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die" The Smiths Smells Like Teen Spirit "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us" Nirvana Redemption Song "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds, have no fear for atomic energy, cause none of them can stop the time" Bob Marley Yellow "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" Coldplay Lose Yourself "Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?" Eminem Angels "And through it all she offers me protection, a lot of love and affection, whether I'm right or wrong"...
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...
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...