Six months ago I came across Keywest busking their little hearts out on a cold and windy Grafton Street and was instantly hooked by their sound. Since then I have seen them busk daily in the cold and rain and on those scorching hot days (yes we do get a few in Ireland) when you’d rather be at the beach. It’s fair to say that they work extremely hard and are passionate about their music.
On Saturday night Andy, Glover, Sam, Jimi and Harry swapped the streets of Dublin for a venue with a roof over it! They played to a sold out Vicar Street which was an incredible achievement as they are not signed to a record label. Their dream was unfolding before their fans eyes and the lead singer, Andy Kavanagh said how humbled they were to be there.
The whole evening felt like a celebration of Keywest’s journey. They told stories behind the songs and talked about their early childhood writing music in their parents shed. The evening gave them the chance to really show off their skills and boy did they do just that. From the staging, to the lighting, to their performance, they really put their heart into it and put on a great show!
Not many other artists out there would be able to do what Keywest have done. Too many have it handed on a plate but it is obvious that Keywest genuinely love writing music and deserve to get that break.
On Saturday night Keywest proved that they deserve a bigger stage and audience and hopefully this is just the beginning for them. Watch this space.
Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. Yes of course it’s a bummer that summer’s over but it’s time to get cosy, wrap up in layers, get warm beside an open fire and carve a pumpkin or two.
(One of my Autumn/Fall displays)
It’s the time of year when the days become crisp and the leaves begin to change colour and a walk through the woods or a park is the perfect place to witness this change. Here are some of my favourite places for an Autumn walk around Dublin:
St. Stephen’s Green
You don’t have to leave Dublin’s city centre to appreciate the beauty of Autumn. A stroll around Stephen’s Green will do the trick.
Saturday’s in Autumn are perfect for a visit to Marlay Park. The food market is open with lots of fresh yummy treats.
Get lost in the forest at Marlay Park and you might come across the magical Fairy Tree where children write their wishes to the fairies and get rid of unwanted dummies and baby bottles. The beautiful carved tree is loved by children and adults!
Granby Park is a cool new urban pop-up park situated in Dublin’s inner city. The whole park has been designed using recycled and up-cycled materials.
The local community have worked with architects and landscapers to make it a beautiful and inviting space for people to visit. There have been many events put on in the park from art installations to poetry readings and music concerts in the handmade amphitheatre. So far the park has been a huge success and will hopefully return again in the future.
The city of Dublin put on an amazing air show at the weekend. It was the first time planes had flown directly over the River Liffey since 1913!
130, 000 people turned out to see three hours worth of fly overs including military, vintage and large commercial planes. The most exciting part was the finale when the world’s largest jumbo jet (British Airways) flew low over Dublin city. I managed to capture a shot of it over Trinity College. It’s not a sight you see every day!
The Dublin Fashion Festival is a showcase for Ireland’s up and coming Irish designers as well as well known names.
This year, Dublin’s Creative Quarter held a fashion show in the historic Powerscourt Townhouse Centre hosted by the beautiful Laura Whitmore. Powerscourt Townhouse was a magical backdrop for showcasing new fashions and items that are available in the area.
Picture This! Dublin held a successful pop-up exhibition on Dame Lane this week where local street artists got to display their work and even create new artwork on the night.
Picture This! Dublin are trying to encourage people to enjoy their city by putting on creative events around Dublin which I think is great. There’s never a dull moment in this city, there’s always something exciting happening just around the corner.
There’s always something exciting going on in Dublin and yesterday was no exception. The famous Moore Street was taken over by a huge film crew for Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie! I’m a huge fan of the BAFTA award winning television show Mrs Brown’s Boys, so was excited to stumble upon the set on day 1 of filming and find out there will be a movie.
Getting ready to shoot
Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown) waving to his fans
Mrs Brown’s Boys Producer Stephen McCrum (Blue Jumper)
I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Jennifer Gibney who plays Mrs Brown’s daughter Cathy in the television series. She was so friendly and accommodating!
The film is set to be released next year but until then you can enjoy Mrs Brown’s Boys: Best Bits & Bloopers here:
Sweeney’s Mongrel on Dame Lane re-launched their basement venue Sweeney’s Underbelly last week and one of my favourite busking bands Mutefish were playing, only this time Mutefish ditched their Cajon drums and tambourines for electric instruments and they were incredible!! They had the whole place jumping and dancing along.
The Mutefish sound is quite unique. They are a combination of trad, reggae and rock. It sounds like a crazy cocktail but it really works! I predict big things for this band.
Check Mutefish out here: https://www.facebook.com/mutefishband
Dublin Castle have an incredible sand sculpture exhibition on at the moment. The theme is ‘The Bright Side’. It’s free to visit but there are only two days left before the exhibition goes so make sure you get down there before they get demolished!