keeping live music alive
The events are a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. The HOT SPOT MUSIC CLUB is a friendly and relaxed venue. Read below for details of all of the events taking place.
Roll Over Beethoven – July Tour Dates
Daniel Jeanrenaud alias ‘The Camden Cat’ and Rockin’ Roll king of the London underground is heading your way for a short Irish tour. He has assembled a band of Irish musicians to augment his sound of the greats! The Hot Spot Music Club is proud to present this first ever Irish tour.
If you like Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane, Elvis or Fats Domino do not miss this tour! Daniel Jeanrenaud is fronting James Delaney on keyboard who has played with Chuck Berry himself as well as Van Morrison; Simon Farrell on double bass who toured with Imelda May in 2008 and Shane Atlas on drums. Other bands under their collective belts include Gavin Povey & the Pavement Kings.
The ‘Roll Over Beethoven Tour’ rolls into the STOCKHOUSE in Trim on Wed July 19; The DALKEY DUCK – Thurs 20; The HOT SPOT MUSIC CLUB – Fri 21; CRANE LANE THEATRE Cork Sat 22 & The SPINNAKER, Dunmore East Sun 23
Every Sunday from September to June
Drop up to the Hot Spot for our weekly Sunday Jam from 4pm. Sometimes it’s jazz, sometimes it’s ukulele and sometimes it’s just plain ol’ roots! To participate, perform or promote – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Host your private party – It’s the hottest spot in Greystones! For smaller party numbers e.g. 20 – 25 you can reserve the upper deck at a gig of your choice & bring your own nibbles!
You can buy discount tickets to most events online, in person at the venue during opening hours or by phone 087 2917519 (cr. card)
Sat09Sep2017Doors open 8pmAdm €15 - Concession €12
Global Dance night with DJ Nigel Woods
The Wicklow Dance Club is taking a break from its Bel Air base and moving closer to town to the Hot Spot Music Club. Two comfortable rustic rooms for dancing, sitting, chatting, drinking at the bar, and dancing again.... The rhythms remain the same – always different – from all corners and all comers. The punters are warm, friendly and gesturally expressive! We hope you can make it! Free Dance / All Ages!
Sun10Sep201716:30Admission Free/Donations WelcomeUZIZI (pronounced you-zee-zee) is an all-original world folk/rock group from Cleveland, Ohio. Uzizi finds it's inspiration in the beats and melodies from Ireland to Bulgaria, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Middle East, and back around again. They sometimes incorporates an early form of American music called sacred harp, or shape-note singing into some of it's repertoire. Sacred Harp's earliest roots are traced back to the country parish music of early 18th century England.
Fri15Sep2017Doors open 8pmTickets €10 or Pay on the DoorThinner Lizzy are a 5 piece Thin Lizzy tribute band from Co. Wicklow. The band features Johnny Dillon on lead vocals, Ronan Carroll and Brendan Curran on lead guitar, Gavin Molony on bass and Brendan Smyth on drums. All members are regular players on the Leinster rock, blues and alternative circuit and have many years experience between them. Formed in 2016 out of a mutual admiration for the original band, Thinner Lizzy strive to recreate some of the most recognizable and iconic songs in rock history:
The band’s repertoire includes the incredible Live & Dangerous album, featuring all the well known Lizzy classics such as Jailbreak, Boys Are Back In Town, Are You Ready, Don’t Believe A Word, The Rocker, Emerald as well as other well known hits such as, Black Rose, Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm, Waiting For An Alibi and Cold Sweat. 2 hours of classic Irish rock!Greystones Support band - Ramble On (rock band who play Zeppelin, Sabbath etc)
Pat invites you to come along, sit beside the fireplace and listen. Celebrate the great artists of the folk era to the present day from country, jazz'n blues and ragtime to Irish traditional songs and ballads, covering all genres of music in an acoustic format. Please note we encourage the audience to singalong but this is not an open mic or singer songwriter session. Your hosts are Pat, Billy, Mick & Bert. Each week invited guest musicians will join the session. To participate, contact email@example.com or leave your details at the Hot Spot.
Fri22Sep2017Doors open 8pmTickets €14* - €16
World renowned Irish Guitarist, Producer, Songwriter and Folk Legend Declan Sinnott is a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts. Declan Sinnott has been making music of nearly 50 years and has worked as a guitarist and producer for Christy Moore for over thirty years, regularly appearing with him on tour. He guided the career of Mary Black for over thirteen years. Declan enjoys writing and released his first solo album, “I love the noise it makes” at the youthful age of 62. All the songs on the album are either written by Declan or co-written with his good friend, Owen O’Brien. The songs were recorded at Declan’s own home studio, plus he played all the instruments on the album. All harmonies on “Window on the World” were sung by Vickie Keating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FOjrUqoOH0
*Earlybird ticket cutoff is AUGUST 30th
Sun24Sep201717:00Tickets €12/€14Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett (both of whom have covered several of his songs) and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR's "Morning Edition" and "Mountain Stage" and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer whose shows will leave you wanting more."Taylor may sing of the past, of bar rooms and hay fields and even Johnny Cash, but his characters want the same things we do. They want love and redemption. They want some fun and happiness. They want respect and sometimes even a little vengeance. Taylor's people are just like us, it's just that their tales are exquisitely told." – Al Kaufman, Atlanta Music Guide"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it." – Lyle Lovett"He's the real deal. Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s." – Steve EarleLive At The Red Shack trailerCarnival Jim and Jean (live performance with video montage)Songs:
Fri29Sep2017Doors open 8pmTickets €8 - €10Virtuouso Blues Rocker, Mike Brookfield honed his craft while playing in a number of musical shows in London’s West End back in the 1990s. At the turn of the century he moved to Ireland and while acting as a Music Coordinator in RTE where he worked on shows and events such as The Café, the Meteor Music Awards, the Childline Concert and The Late Late Show, he performed with many well known international artists. Eventually he decided that he needed to make his own music and two years ago he released his debut album, Love Breaks the Fall, which attracted glowing reviews from the music press.Now Mike is ready to release his second album simply entitled “Brookfield”. This record is more than a sonic essay in the blues. It’s the raw - untreated, unregulated and unvarnished - sound of an artist at the peak of his powers.“Brookfield is a master of his craft, a guitarist of great skill and tone.”Blues In Britain Magazine
“Murderous blues rock thunderstorms…. the man simply does it all… awesome!”Blues News Magazine
"Mike Brookfield is a virtuoso blues rocker… What he can do with his Stratocaster, is bloody impressive.”Blues Matters Magazine
Sun01Oct201716:00Admission Free/Donations Welcome
We Raise Bears bring their unique sound to The Hot Spot as part of an upcoming Irish Tour. We Raise Bears’ music has continued to gain critical attention, with BBC Radio recently attributed it with having "such a uniqueness in sound, a character, a confidence and an intelligence as well". Their now recognisably poignant and political lyricism has been described as “stunning” (Dublin Concerts).
In November 2016, the band released a well-received debut EP, which gained airplay across BBC radio, RTE radio 1, 2FM and TXFM, as well as on Irish and UK regional stations. We Raise Bears have performed at festivals that include Hard Working Class Heroes, Other Voices, Canalaphonic, Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Ones to Watch and regional arts festivals. They have delighted in headlining at venues around the country and also in sharing stages with acts like We Cut Corners, Cathy Davey and Conor O’Brien. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a5b7AyBqCk
“Beguiling…new band for potential future hit parade” - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Definitely a band to keep an eye on, they immediately stand out from the crowd” - Chris Jones, Music Journalist
"We Raise Bears manage to create a new sound that is thoroughly their own" - Dee Reddy, TXFM
Sat07Oct2017Doors open 8pmAdm - TBC
Acclaimed Irish duo of singer / actress Honor Heffernan and composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto Da Fe), present their new Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show, “The Whistling Girl”. The original and unique music composed by Trevor transforms the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics. With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life. Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Ed Deane electric guitar, Ciaran Wilde saxophones, Bill Blackmore / Ray Martin horns.
Each of the songs create individual tableaux or dream moments from Parker’s psyche, conjuring up images from her tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity, as founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
“I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn!” – Dorothy Parker
Sat21Oct2017Doors 8pm /Show starts at 9pm sharpTickets €14* - €16
Celtic Soul are a 7-piece band band from Bangor delivering a very fine tribute to Van Morrison with excellent musicianship, authenticity and heart.
Receiving critical acclaim from devout Van fans wherever they perform, you’ll hear the big hits like Jackie Wilson Said, Days Like This, and of course Brown Eyed Girl. You’ll also hear Ballerina, Cyprus Avenue, and In the Garden among many others in a packed show.
Several live ‘unplugged’ performances on Gerry Kelly’s show on BBC Radio Ulster have boosted the band’s following. BBC’s Ralph McLean, a massive Van Morrison fan himself, describes Celtic Soul as ‘a great band’ and ‘a very fine tribute’. With more years than they care to remember playing in blues, folk, trad and jazz bands these musicians have the ingredients to combine and deliver Van’s music in an outstanding show. Doors open 8pm. Show starts at 9pm sharp. *Note: The first 20 tickets are €14!
Fri27Oct2017Doors open 8pmTickets €16* - €18With each successive album, Luka Bloom digs deeper and gazes wider… he is on top form.– The Irish Times **** 2016 Review of 'Frugalisto'With a poet's heart and a rockster's soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland's most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.
A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka's orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin. Almost 40 years since recording his first album, Luka Bloom comes to The Hot Spot Music Club with his latest album 'Frugalisto'.
*Limited number of tickets on sale at €16
Sat04Nov2017Doors open 8pmTickets €10 or Pay on the Door
Sat11Nov2017Doors open 8pm€14 - €16
Ireland’s premier tribute to the Super group Fleetwood Mac, bring you on a magical musical journey from the Peter Green blues era to the multi-platinum selling Anglo/American band that still tour today.
Originally the “Best White Blues Band” to come out of the 60s, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac had several memorable hits and influenced scores of others great bands that were to follow them, and/or cover their songs, such as Led Zeppelin and Santana.
When Peter Green left the band, Mick Fleetwood & John McVie kept the show on the road, being joined first by Christine Perfect (later McVie) and then Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. These three talented and prolific songwriters brought a distinctive style and unique fusion of rock, pop and country to the band. The turmoil of the bands private lives was played out in their music. Nicks & Buckingham soon gained iconic status in fronting the new line-up. Fleetwood Mac enjoyed a rebirth, producing many classic hits including the outstanding Rumours album. They went on to even greater worldwide success than the original line-up.
6 piece band, MACK FLEETWOOD deliver a spellbinding show. Their love of the material and musical prowess shines through in each song. They will bewitch you with authentic renditions all your favourite Fleetwood Mac hits
Fri17Nov2017Doors open 8pm€14 - €16
Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk!. But the duo, formed by Leo O'Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced.
Sat18Nov2017Doors open 8pmTickets €10 / Pay on door €12
Following on from their amazing gig in the Hotspot last March Soul Revival make their return to the Hotspot on Saturday the 18th November. With the mighty sound of a three piece brass section, soulful guitar, keyboards and featuring the sensational vocals of Wayne Richardson (who is also lead vocalist with the Dublin Gospel Choir), Soul Revival perform the perfect blend of contemporary R’N’B, Soul, and Funk. The band recreate timeless classics from the legendary Motown, Atlantic and Stax labels, as well as the music and songs of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Otis Redding, Gnarls Barkley, Prince, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Van Morrison to name a few.
Their set includes many of the above artists' hits such as Higher and Higher, It’s A Mans World, Crazy, I Feel Good, Mustang Sally, I’m No Good, Superstition, Love And Happiness, Take Me To the River, Moondance, Masterblaster – Jammin, Try A Little Tenderness, Ex’s and Oh’s, Unchain My Heart, Proud Mary, Midnight Hour and much more.
Band Line up includes: Pete Mc Gowan - guitar, Clare Stephens - Trombone, Wayne Richardson -Vocals, Christian Hind - Bass, Vocals, Dermot Jeffares -Drums, Ken Potter - Trumpet, Francesco Manno - Saxaphone and Peter Reade - Keyboards
Get your danceing shoes out and dont miss a great night of music.
Fri24Nov2017Doors open 8pmTickets €10 - €12
Authentic and sensitive tribute to Jimi Hendrix, the band have a solid old-school approach and deliver a real analogue sound of the 60's. They perform Jimi's songs note-for-note (as recorded on his seminal albums) paying homage to his gargantuan and visionary song-writing. The show performance is interspersed with short anecdotes about Jimi and stories of the songs, to cast the mind back to the time of his life.
The set-list is made up of 20 of the jimi's greatest and most recognizable classics: HEY JOE / CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC / ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER / FOXEY LADY / THE WIND CRIES MARY / PURPLE HAZE etc.
The Electric Experience is a painstakingly detailed project aimed at creating a live journey, woven through the sounds of Jimi Hendrix's compositions. For love of the thing itself.
Sun26Nov201716:30Admission Free/Donations Welcome
John Blek is constantly proving himself to be a prolific writer of some of the most beautiful folk music being created today, both solo and with his band John Blek & the Rats. It is less than 12 months since the band released their last record and already John is ready to share his latest work “Cut the Light”.
The album was recorded in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland over a period of four days in early spring. A collection of eleven original contemporary folk songs carefully crafted and documented with the help of Davie Ryan (Drums), Brian Hassett (Bass Guitar) and Brian Casey (Producer). With a sound that harks back to that of Bert Jansch and Liege & Lief era Fairport Convention, “Cut the Light” is likely to become a favourite amongst both new listeners and existing fans.
“Cut the Light is an album I have wanted to record for quite a while. I pushed myself to become a better instrumentalist and songwriter on these songs and really focused on creating a collection of pieces that could live together on a cohesive album. It’s something I’m very proud of...…. “ John Blek
The album is being put out independently in Ireland on John Blek and the Rats own WARR label and through Tonetoaster Records in Germany.