Sense Of Place: Hunting For Live Music In Dublin | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : World Cafe

Sense Of Place: Hunting For Live Music In Dublin

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

Acting as tour guide is Glen Hansard, the Academy Award-winning songwriter and singer for both The Frames and The Swell Season. Hot Press editor Niall Stokes, who helms the Irish equivalent of Rolling Stone, and musician Conor O'Brien of the band Villagers also provide local insight.

So you're in Dublin and ready to hear some music. Where do you go to find the best live shows? Conor O'Brien recommends checking in with one of Dublin's many free papers or any record store around the city. Niall Stokes' biweekly, Hot Press, is another great source for gig listings. Glen Hansard, on the other hand, advocates the easiest, if not gutsiest, approach — communication. "Look for someone you think you'd like to hang out with," he says, "and just ask where they go."

And where might they send you? Stokes highlights the neighborhood around the Liffey River, which cuts right through the heart of Dublin and was the source for the music of Riverdance. Located in that area are some of the newer grungy rock venues, like Workman's Club and the Grand Social.

Probably the most famous venue, however, is Whelan's, located on Wexford Street. It's played host to many of the city's most-loved musicians, including Hansard's band The Frames, which continues to call it home. Meanwhile, O'Brien got his start at Doyle's, a club that hosts a weekly singer-songwriter night called the Ruby Sessions.

Click here to learn more about Sense of Place, and check out WXPN's interactive map of Dublin.

Copyright 2011 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/.

NPR

Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It's the latest installment in our hobby series "Alter Egos."
NPR

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
NPR

Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
NPR

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.