Nighthawks @ the Guinness Storehouse on Saturday 20 July


Nighthawks @ the Guinness Storehouse has become a Liberties Festival highlight. This is our third time to partner with the brilliant Nighthawks team who also run a monthly sell-out event in the Cobalt Café and regularly stage performances at venues around the country and at other festivals including Electric Picnic, Flatlakes and more.

Keith Moss

Saturday’s gig is set to be amazing with 8 top acts presenting  music, comedy and spoken word; stand-ups Colum McDonnell and John Colleary; indie band Eleven(ex-SACK/Brilliant Trees/Jerry Fish & the Mudbug Club members); psychedelic popsters Keith Moss & The Tightrope Walkers; rock-n-rollers The Rockets; singer and rising star Sinead White; writer/tv presenter Kevin Gildea; and slam poet John Cummins.

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The admission price also includes complementary canapés and a free self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse. As always, you can count on the Liberties for a real bargain!

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is rated as Ireland’s No 1 visitor attraction and our annual gig there offers the chance to experience it in a whole new way. Get there at 8pm to view some of the exhibits. Venue doors open at 8.15pm. Gig starts at 8.30pm in the characterful 5th level Arthur’s Bar with stunning city views.


Tickets only €17. Get them here now.

Fully accessible, and full bar.

* 10% booking charge applies

Two acts from USA join St Patrick’s Cathedral concert line-up

We are delighted to welcome two outstanding ensembles from the USA to our concert on Thursday 18 July in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Joining the wonderful Dublin Gospel Choir are The American Spiritual Ensemble from Alabama. The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers.

Just last month they performed at the JFK homecoming celebrations in Wexford where the Irish Independent said they ‘stole the show’. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Liberties Festival for this extremely rare chance to see them perform in Ireland.

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Everett McCorvey, Director

Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Pianist

Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Pianist

Gregory Turay, Tenor

Gregory Turay, Tenor







Everett McCorvey, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, received his degrees from the University of Alabama. Dr. McCorvey holds the rank of Professor of Voice and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies, and is the Director and Executive Producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. As a tenor soloist, he has enjoyed critical acclaim and has performed in many prestigious venues around the globe, including the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Italy’s Teatro Comunale. He established and directs the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 24 professional singers who tour annually throughout the United States and abroad.

Tedrin Blair Lindsay, pianist and musicologist, was raised in Rome, Italy and has been a professional accompanist since the age of ten. He performs well over one hundred recitals annually, boasting a huge repertoire of vocal and instrumental chamber works, with specialties in 20th century French and American music. He is presently on the opera faculty at the University of Kentucky, where he works as vocal coach and musical director.

American tenor Gregory Turay is the recipient of several of classical music’s most coveted honors. Winner of the Richard Tucker Award, George London Foundation Award, ARIA award, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Turay was hailed early in his career by the London Times as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the US in recent years.”



Also performing on Thursday is Chozen Youth Choir, a dynamic group of 75 students from the ages of 11-19 that tours the USA singing, dancing, miming and drumming.  Chozen  is a part of the youth ministry team at The Lighthouse Church of All Nations, where Rev. Dan Willis is founder and Senior Pastor, in the Chicago Land area, in Alsip Illinois. This is their first international tour and their very first performance in Ireland.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive concert.

Tickets are only €10 for adults and €5 for children. Purchase them in person at SICCDA, 90 Meath Street or online here.

* Please note a slight change in programme details. This concert will start at 8.30pm on Thursday 18 July and not 8.00pm as listed.

Liberties Festival Presents Dublin Gospel Choir in St Patricks Cathedral

DSGThe Liberties Festival presents Dublin Gospel Choir in the stunning St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 18 July. Always guaranteed to raise the roof, the 53-member Dublin Gospel Choir has collaborated with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Nitin Sawhney, John Legend, Riverdance, James Brown, Damien Rice, Rod Stewart and The Chieftains, and is the only act to have played on the Main Stage at Electric picnic every year. Their repertoire will include songs from artists such as Sigur Ros, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, David Guetta, Queen, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Train, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, U2 and Mumford and Sons.

The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican communion) and also serves as a popular tourist attraction in Ireland.

This is a night not to be missed.  Come along and enjoy a selection of contemporary music in what is sure to be an uplifting atmosphere.   This is sure to be a sell out gig, so get your tickets early.  Tickets cost Adults €10, Children under 12 €5 Tickets can be bought by clicking here

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Liberties Festival Presents Nighthawks at Guinness Storehouse

The Liberties Festival is pleased to announce that we have partnered up with the Dublin Nighthawks team to present our third Nighthawks at the Guinness Storehouse – a highlight show of the summer with 8 brilliant acts – featuring music, comedy and spoken word.


Saturday 20th July 2013 | Doors open at 8.30pm | Show starts at 8.45pm (sharp).

The show ends at 11.45pm (approx) and there will be one interval.

Tickets cost €17 each and can be purchased at

The ticket price includes an optional self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse from 8.00pm, and complimentary canapés will be served in Arthur’s Bar during the show.

Full bar available at the venue.

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Elevens gave a stunning performance at Nighthawks at the Cobalt last September, and we are thrilled to have them on the line-up for our show at the Guinness Storehouse on Saturday, July 20th.  Put simply, these guys are one of the best groups in the land.  For those who may not already be familiar with this band, in brief, Elevens are an acoustic three piece made up of Martin McCann (from Sack), Tony Barrett (from The Brilliant Trees) and Mark Healy (from The Josephs).  To date, they have released three excellent EPs (New Beginning, Torn At The Seams and Tender To The Touch) and their live shows are literally spellbinding.  In the words of Tony Clayton-Lea in the Irish Times – “Elevens are definitely on the right side of beautiful.”  We completely agree with that.


A lot of people will know Kevin Gildea from his stand-up comedy… or from his acting (Father Ted) and TV presenting (The Works); heck, some of you will even know Kevin for his songwriting skills (check out the album he recorded with Sean Millar about a decade ago).  But Kevin Gildea is also a Man of Letters (and emails) – and he has won more literary prizes than you can shake a feathered quill at.  On July 20th, we think Kevin will be reading from his upcoming novel, entitled Audience, but it’s always hard to know for sure what this man will do.  Oh – and did we mention that Kevin has also written articles of comment and comedy for the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Post, Sunday Tribune and Village Magazine!  Does this guy ever sleep?


Colum McDonnell is one of the best stand-up comedians that we have ever had at Nighthawks.  This guy just has to look at an audience to make them laugh.  He’s that good.  His TV credits include Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up and RTE’s Irish Pictorial Weekly – and his festival appearances include the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, and many, many, many more… that people just wouldn’t know.  But let’s not waste time reading this.  Let’s see the man in action… talking about bumper cars…


Keith Moss

Keith Moss is a man who undoubtedly knows how to write a well-crafted song with a killer hook.  In fact, only a few years ago, Keith won the IMRO award for Young Songwriter of the Year; and since then, he has only gone from strength to strength.  Over the last 18 months, Keith has signed to Reekus Records and assembled one of the sharpest bands in the city.  (The Tightrope Walkers consist of Elton Mullally, Martin Moran and Paul Shanahan.  Quality musicians to their core.)  Keith’s debut album is entitled What Eludes You Moves You – and it will be released on July 26th.  Catch him live at the Storehouse on July 20th and find out why Hot Press magazine has described him as “a thoughtful, intelligent writer of psychedelic pop” – and the Irish Times has intriguingly called him “an unlikely mélange of Nick Drake and Monty Python”.  Here is ‘Torture in Paradise’ – Keith’s recent single


John Colleary – like Colum McDonnell above – is one of the most popular stand-up comedians that we have ever had at Nighthawks; and it’s a genuine thrill to have both of these great comics on the same line-up on July 20th.  We can’t believe our luck.  John’s comedy is sharp, observant, and, most importantly, incredibly funny.  His TV work over the last couple of years on shows such as The Savage Eye and Irish Pictorial Weekly has been consistently brilliant, and his live performances never disappoint.  Here’s a genius clip of John on The Savage Eye learning how to “lose the h-attitude” –


The Rockets are the best live rock ‘n’ roll band that we know.  They play the music of Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Link Wray – and they play it with energy and attitude.  These guys have played at festivals all over Ireland and the UK – and they have even headlined at the Cavern Club during Liverpool’s International Beatle Week.  In fact, Steve Panter, MC at the Cavern Club, called them – “The only true blooded rock ‘n’ roll band at Beatle Week.”  The Rockets are currently recording some new tracks with Pete Holidai – legendary guitarist from The Radiators from Space – and you can expect a stomping set of vintage rock ‘n’ roll from them at the Storehouse in July.  It’s going to be fun.  A lot of fun.



When it comes to slam poetry in Ireland – John Cummins is certainly one of the key poets leading the way.  He is the real deal and no mistake.  His rhymes are intricate and inventive – and his performances are hypnotic and popping with rhythm.  He is the current Leinster Poetry Slam Champion and has performed at all the major arts nights in Ireland.  John is also regularly featured on RTE’s Arena – and some of his work can be found right here –


Sinead White has so much talent – we honestly can’t understand how she is not already a household name in Ireland.  It can only be a matter of time.  Seriously.  This young lady can really sing and really play… and she writes great songs too.  If we could buy shares in her – we would.  It can only be a matter of time before Other Voices and Later… with Jools Holland come calling.  Sinead is currently in the process of recording her first EP – and she plans to record her debut album later in 2013.  Catch her live at the Storehouse on July 20th.  You’ll thank us on the way home.  We promise.

Guinness Storehouse, St. James Gate, Dublin 8.

Doors open at 8.30pm and the show starts at 8.45pm (sharp).

The show ends at 11.45pm (approx) and there will be one interval.

Tickets cost €17 each and can be purchased at

The ticket price includes an optional self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse from 8.00pm, and complimentary canapés will be served in Arthur’s Bar during the show.

Full bar available at the venue.

One hour to ONE DAY and counting …

ONE DAY in the Liberties will start in exactly one hour at midnight and run for 24 hours until midnight on Wednesday, 1st May 2013. It’s about your Liberties. We’re standing by to receive your photos which together will create a wonderful snapshot of the Liberties on this one day in history.

It’s easy to take part. Take as many photos as you like, of anything you want to share that you see in the Liberties area, Dublin 8 – at home, work, college or out and about – on any device you like (e.g. phone, tablet or camera) on 1st May. Share them with us by:

  • Email to
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  • Twitter and Instagram #1DayLiberties
  • Hard copies (prints) can be posted or delivered to Liberties Festival, 90 Meath Street, Dublin 8

Please read the full guidelines here.

Huge thanks to the fantastic folk at Gallery Zozimus for supporting ONE DAY in the Liberties. A selection of the images received will printed and framed for exhibition in the Gallery during the Liberties Festival from 17th-21st July.

One hour to ONE DAY and counting …

Maser’s Portrait of Anne Devlin

Flooding a previously grey wall with colour and resonance in the acknowledgment of a heroic Liberties woman, Maser‘s portrait of Anne Devlin has people talking!

Completed yesterday on the corner of Meath Street and Carman’s Hall, this Liberties Festival 2012 commission has received an unanimously positive and joyful response from the local community and all passers-by.

Read more about the inspiration behind this beautiful artwork here.

Today – Historian Liz Gillis leads Walking Tour

A bonus event, not on our brochure, starts soon. Historian Liz Gillis leads a walking tour – ‘Republicans in the Liberties’ – departing from SICCDA, 90 Meath Street @ 3pm.

Liz’s walking tour at last year’s Festival was fantastic, and yesterday’s ‘Walk and Talk’ with Pat Liddy had over 170 people take part. So don’t miss today’s tour! Free.

Postponement | The Traders Vs The Gardaí

The annual football match between the Traders and the Gardaí, scheduled for Wednesday July 18th @ 7.30pm, has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. This is the 24th year of this traditional and fun event, with the Traders leading 15 to 8,  and it will be rescheduled. Our apologies for any disappointment. This post will be updated with the new date as soon as it is confirmed.