Irish Reggae artist Cian Finn is set to release one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. Blending the vintage with the contemporary, the Irish with the Jamaican, ‘This Applies’ is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and unique Reggae albums to drop this year. Hailing from the west of Ireland, Cian initially broke onto the Reggae scene as the front man of the band Intinn, playing a unique Celtic-Dancehall style of Reggae and gaining a reputation as one of the most formidable live-acts on the Irish circuit. In 2010 he started working with producer Radikal Guru releasing many singles and remixes on Moonshine Records. This led to a world tour of clubs and festivals encompassing Poland, Scotland, Germany, France, England, Finland, Spain, Russia, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia and South Africa. As a solo artist, Cian has performed in the Philippines, Prague, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, India and Kenya. Throughout Europe, he worked and performed live with dub legends and many of his musical inspirations such as Alpha and Omega, Iration Steppas, Alpha Steppa, Mungos Hi-Fi, Dougie Conscious, Mad Professor, and Zion Train.
Join Mongoose for an intimate gig in Connolly’s, Leap as they tour their second album ‘Suck the Wound’. ‘Suck the Wound’ is a darker piece of work than the band’s first album ‘Mongoose’ (2015), both sonically and thematically. Exploring different sounds and textures, this album is prickly and hard to define. The genres of the songs vary widely, from rock, to a South American bolero, to jazz, to folk, all tied together by Mongoose’s tight four part vocal harmonies. As the title suggests, the album is one of struggle and healing. It will be launched in Whelan’s on 16 May, followed by an Irish tour. Special guest TBA.
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Ryan O’Shaughnessy Tickets – €10 on the door Doors : 8pm _________________________________________ Ryan O’Shaughnessy plays his last Irish show before his world tour which kicks off in Colombia. Playing new and old songs this 26 year old singer-songwriter is one not to miss. Ryan O’Shaughnessy is an Irish singer-songwriter and former actor from Loughshinny, Skerries, Dublin. He portrayed Mark Halpin in the popular TV series Fair City for nine years (2001-2010). In January 2012, he appeared in the inaugurative season of The Voice of Ireland and in May 2012, he took part in sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent making it to the final and finishing fifth place. He represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Together” finishing 16th.
Connolly’s of Leap presents… An Hour or Power with DJ Tutti Frutti. Saturday, June 8th Free Entry ________________________________________________________ Come join us on Saturday, June 8th for a night of Jazz Funk brought to you by DJ Tutti Frutti. It’s a free event so bring your pals and come have a boogie on us! Doors at 9 pm ________________________
Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!
Wild Atlantic Cabaret – Larkin & Lavelle Doors: 9pm Tickets : €10 _____________________________________ Look out Ireland because there’s two insane-ly talented women and they are coming to a town near you!! Writer and producer of one woman shows ‘Breda’s way’ and ‘The Word of Breda’ comedic farmer Breda Larkin has teamed up with Burlesque Chanteuse/ host of The Cabaret Limerick Miss Lavelle. This co. Galway bumpkin and Limerick city kiiiid are taking to the open road this summer to open hearts and open minds. Their two woman show, with occasional special guests promises a night of rebellious tongue and cheek banter, a sing-a-along of classic tunes, stand up comedy, sketches and original songs. Laughter is the best medicine they do say, so why not get your 5 a day with the…. The Wild Atlantic Cabaret!! Special guest : Aimi Pinder (singer/songwriter)
Connolly’s of Leap proudly presents… Kíla Saturday, June 15th , 2019 Tickets to be announced… Watch this space ____________________________________ Kíla were formed in Dublin Gaelic secondary school Coláiste Eoin and are considered one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. Their unique and ever evolving sound, while rooted in tradition, is inspired by a myriad of musical influences worldwide. Kíla’s eight members stem from the differing musical backgrounds, including Irish traditional, classical, folk and rock. Kíla recorded a number 1 single “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” with U2, The Dubliners, Shane MacGowan, Sinead O’Connor, Glen Hansard, The Corrs, Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey and a host of other artists in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. In 2010 they were delighted to welcome Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood to join them onstage at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Kíla have played in over 35 countries and at notable festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival, Edmonton Folk festival Canada, WOMAD festivals in New Zealand, Spain and Australia, RWMF the Sziget Festival Hungary, The Electric Picnic, Glastonbury. In 2016 Kíla closed the Cambridge Folk Festival with Imelda May joining them onstage. The band have performed at many prestigious ceremonies and events, including the Special Olympics; Hindu leader Amma, the Hugging Saint Festival; the welcoming of the Dalai Lama at possibilities and Garden Parties hosted by the President of Ireland. Kíla have worked extensively in TV and film. Their most notable collaborations have been with French composer Bruno Coulais on the soundtracks for Cartoon Saloon’s two Oscar nominated animated films The Secret of Kells (2010) and Song of the Sea (2014)
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Liam ó Maonlaí Sunday, June 16th, 2019 Tickets : €15 + booking fee through DICE _______________________________________ Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. But his musical prowess goes beyond his own cultural roots as he blends an eclectic mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, rock, and more with his amazing vocals and an array of instrumental mastery from piano to flute, harmonica to bodhran. Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980’s with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike. According to “Rolling Stone Magazine” Bono noted the ensemble were the “best unsigned band on the planet.” It is no wonder that Liam remains a “musician’s musician” and no surprise he has performed alongside the best of them. As a solo performer as well as frontman of Hothouse Flowers, Liam continues to wow audiences worldwide reinventing himself with each performance.