Donal Dineen – Backstory – Fri December 22nd


Dónal Dineen’s Backstory Dances have gone from strength to strength recently with a new residency at the Commercial Rowing Club in Dublin and a series of acclaimed stages curated by him at Irish festivals making it a year to remember.

There will be four special Backstory dances forthcoming in 2024 but Donal returns to Connolly’s of Leap for the third and final time in 2023 on December 22nd to play an extended set summing up the Backstory year in music. Anyone who witnessed the Backstory shows throughout the summer will know it’s been a good one so treats are in store.

The impetus to start the night back in 2015 stemmed from his desire to find a home for the kind of dance music fire that he was unearthing in his search for tunes in dusty basements of record stores worldwide to write about for his Sunken Treasure column in the Irish Times.
It began as a project to gather together all the sounds he was collecting on vinyl from every part of the world and became a place for the like-minded to revel in the joy of music and the uniquely special experience of discovering it together on a dance-floor. The unerring attention to detail on the quality of the music has seen its reputation soar to become something of a touchstone for discerning dancers both in Dublin town and further afield.
The Backstory motto “All the colours, every dancing mood” has served it well and the atmosphere generated on one heady night after another has become the stuff of legend from its genesis in its spiritual home of the much-missed Jigsaw in the north inner city to its current incarnation by the Liffey Banks. 

The first Backstory in the new Connolly’s series in July was an unforgettable night and the second installment, with Ethiopian DJ Hewan Mulugeta in September, was equally momentous so the third and final installment is one not to be missed.

Join us for an extended Backstory journey into sound.