I've just updated the my list of song writer nights in Dublin.
Open mic nights in Dublin
If you know of any others, let me know and I'll add them to the list.
For anyone who's interested, I'm also putting together links to open mic nights in London and Paris:
Open mic nights in London
Open mic nights in Paris
Nice one! I'll sticky this and others can add to it.
Thanks for the link Marlowe. Im just wondering has anyone played all these nights , if so could they recommend any ? Or alternatively are any of them a waste of time?
Thanks Rain! Check out Open Mic Tuesday in Cassidy's. It's sign up and play. They just had a re-launch there last week and it's got a PA system.
Also on Tuesday Dave Murphy in the Bankers. Completely acoustic. You could here a pin drop. Again sign up and play on the night.
They're all good in their own way. I'd reccomend going to a few different ones so you get a feel of what's out there. Turn up early to get a slot and you can always split if you're not enjoying it.
what a great idea..... does anyone know any bar/mic nite with a piano? I know one in Cork, not open mic, but a really nice wine bar called Meades 126, has a nice upright. People laugh at me when I say 'do they have a piano'...well ,,,,you never know. Still have a few weeks before goin back to college fulltime, wouldn't mind travellin around to do a few open-mics, even if it's just me and my keyboard...
I've updated the original open mic night list.
It's now split in two. The original list is for open mic nights where you can turn up and play. That's still here:
The other list is for singer songwriter nights where you have to contact in advance to book a place (i've made the distinction by calling them "songwriter showcase nights"). They are listed here:
Not sure if this is the best way to categorise them. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
If anyone knows of any more nights, or if details have changed, again let me know.
As far as I know Coffee Sessions is an organise in advance thing - they are meant to now have two: one in the Starbucks at the top of Harcourt St and also in Ranelagh.
Peanut Club is organise in advance too.
For the showcase section, Dublin Underground and Club F.E.A.R. have a lot of gigs and are amenable to giving a slot.
There's one out in Walktinstown too - can't remember the name of it.
In my myspace wandering I have also found the following:
Live in Her Living Room
Jack of Diamond Sessions
Hey just saw this thread and thought maybe it'd be worth mentioning, Night Stew, Open Mic night in the Bernard Shaw every Tuesday night from 9, it's usually a nice crowd and you're welcome to perform any kind of music just bring your own equipment, if you've a band, they sometimes give them half hour sets at the end of a night, it's definitely worth checking out for anyone that's into music, or songwriting, or just open mic nights.
Hey!!Just wondering if anyone knows what the standard is like at these open mic gigs for example the one in starbucks....
I would love to play one or two songs but my guitar playing wouldnt be the best dont want to make a fool of myself!!!Thanks a mill!
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I can't speak to the Starbucks gig because I've not had a chance to play it but I can give you some pointers on the others.
The session in the International Bar on monday nights is unamplified, small and has a broad range of abilities and experience. I've seen people get up here and play when they had only barely started to learn guitar and knew 2 cover versions. They were encouraged and welcomed. A good way to start. Go down some night and ask Jacqueline for a slot in the next couple of weeks, often though she can squeeze you into the line up for that night because she gets cancellations. Bring a couple of friends.
The session in Cassidy's on Tuesday nights has a small PA but it's not overwhelming. The size of the crowd varies. The two lads who run it are Fiach and Ro. They are really sound and encouraging. I've seen some really experienced people there and I've seen people doing their first gigs there. Everyone gets a fair crack of the whip and gets encouragement. It's a great way to get used to singing through a PA system. You can just turn up and put your name down. Bring a couple of friends to help fill the room a bit.
The sessions run by Dave Murphy in the Bankers on a Tuesday are very small. I reckon that room can barely hold a dozen people
No PA and very intimate. Dave is very welcoming and the regular crew aren't a clique - they will encourage and talk to you. I wouldn't go there for my first gig though because there tends to be some really good players and it might put you off if you go on a night where you're the first noob.
I've been to the Zodiac Sessions but to be completely honest I was very put off because I couldn't get to talk with any of the regulars and the guy running it didn't seem to be interested in newcomers. Now that could just have been an off-night. We all have them. Though I got the impression from a few others that it's hard to get 'into' that particular circle.
The Pure Sessions (listed as being in Slatterys) are run by a very nice bloke. The night I played there I was probably the oldest in the room and the bar management were giving him a hard time. Nice PA but a very chatty room so you'll need to be reasonably confident in what you're doing.
One of the first gigs I did was the King Kong Club in Pravda. The guy running it (Kieron) is sound and encouraging. A chance to use a bigger PA but not one for a first gig because it's a large enough venue and there are often 2 or more bands playing. It's technically a competition but in my experience they didn't mind a solo artist going on early in the night.
I guess what most people are afraid of is that some idiot will shout something or say something. I've never experienced that happening. Ever. I have seen the odd drunk stumble into the gig and talk loudly but they get quickly escorted out again.
Thank you so much! Thats really helpful good to know....
Im gonna bite the bullet and give one of them a try after the new year!!
The gig in Cassidy's is no more.
Fortunately it has resurfaced in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street on Sunday nights. http://www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
A small PA and a good appreciative audience - the guys from the pub are also encouraging this. I've played there the past couple of weeks and it was great craic.
Thanks for that iMADEtheBBC. I've been relying on your information a lot lately!
I've updated the list
Open Mic Song Writer Nights in Dublin
The Peanut Club is returning this Friday 17th in the Hard Rock Cafe
I thought I'd add one here. There's a fairly new night in Peadar Kearney's on Dame Street run by a girl named Tamela. I personally feel it's perfect for someone starting out as there is a huge variety of artists that play. the myspace is http://www.myspace.com/musicmediumlive and they are always eager to get new artists playing. Defintiely worth a look into
Yes - it's a good night. Tamala runs a good night there and they have the venue for other nights of the week so as you progress you can get a slot on a wednesday or thursday night.
On Tuesday nights there is a new open mic at O'Donoghues on Suffolk Street (used to be called the Thing Moate ?). There's a separate thread somewhere about it. I played there last week and it was well run with a nice PA. The crowd are there to drink & talk so if you're new to this it can be a bit off putting so be prepared - that said, a lot of places are like that so it's something you need to get used to.