Welcome to the Crane Bar

The Crane Bar on Sea Road is one of Galway’s best known traditional music pubs. It has long been a haunt of those who love to play and those who love to listen to them.

Situated in the ‘Small Crane’ Square, The Crane Bar offers music nightly both upstairs and down.

Upstairs at The Crane Bar is a much loved venue, seating 70 in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere remarked on by both performers and audiences alike. Concerts here range from singer/songwriters to traditional to roots music. Known far and wide as ‘The Listeners Club’, upstairs at The Crane Bar has been played in by the best known artists in the business as well as up and coming new talents. This year The Crane Bar’s Listeners Club has hosted more gigs than ever before and there’s an exciting programme in the offing for the coming year.

Downstairs at The Crane Bar is the ‘local’, one of the few remaining authentic traditional bars with live sessions nightly, and an atmosphere only an Irish ‘local’ can create. Try real tradition at The Crane Bar.

Venue holds between 50 and 70 normally. The room is wide with the stage and mix positions at opposite sides of the main part of the room (short sides).

UPCOMING GIGS – September

The Voice Squad

Date: 22/9/17 Time: 9pm  ADM: €15

The Voice Squad are an acapella traditional Irish singing group.  The members include Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Galway resident Fran McPhail.  They have recorded three highly acclaimed albums and have toured extensively throughout Ireland, UK and USA.

Their appearance on the traditional singing scene in the mid-eighties created quite a sensation as they attempted something not tried before.   By taking the traditional Irish repertoire and harmonising it in a generally British style they created something new and absolutely wonderful.

The Voice Squad represents the melodies of two related but separate traditions – a British harmony-singing tradition (as exemplified by the Carty and Waterson families) and the unaccompanied solo singing of Northern Ireland (as exemplified by such legendary artists as Paddy Tunney and Geordie Hannah).  A tour de force of traditional singing.

TICKETS ON THE DOOR

ANNA FALKENAU & LENA ULLMAN

Date: 23/9/17 Time: 6pm  ADM: FREE

The Crane Bar is delighted to host the launch of the new CD “I Hear You Calling” by acclaimed fiddle player ANNA FALKENAU and five string banjo virtuoso LENA ULLMAN.

Anna and Lena’s collaborative album, get a weighty endorsement from fold legend Andy Irvine.   “As a young man discovering music all those years ago, American old-timey music – especially the fiddle-banjo duets recorded in the 1920s – hit me a heavy blow. The recordings here reflect that same old style of playing. It’s a real pleasure to listen to the combined talents of Anna Falkenau & Lena Ullman. Their music takes me back to the thrilling sounds I listened to in my youth.”

The album features music from both the Irish and American old-time traditions, also the old and the new, new compositions coming from the pair of fiddling greats Charlie Tennon and Skip Gorman.   The album is funded by Galway City Council Art Office and will be launched by the Arts Officer James C. Harold.

Jimmy Crowley

Date: 29/9/17 Time: 9pm  ADM: €10

Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. With his band Stokers Lodge, he brought the street ballads of his native Cork city and the ornate folk songs of the rural hinterland of Cork and Kerry both in English and Gaelic to a wider audience.  By now Jimmy has established himself not just as a tradition bearer, ethnosgrapher and Gaelic language enthusiast but also as a stylish song writer.

As well as being an iconic singer Jimmy is also a multi-instrumentalist of extraordinary talent.  He is admired for his consistency, his ingegrity, and his ability to adopt and be receptive to all kinds of music.

“Jimmy Crowley is a musical icon in Irish tradition.  He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners and the lift and lilt of his voice is the listener’s joy” Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

TICKETS ON THE DOOR

MATT MOLLOY, JOHN CARTY & ARTY MCGLYNN

Date: 30/9/17 Time: 96pm  ADM: €20

When a superstar ensemble like this occasionally comes along it is surely an occasion not to be missed.

Probably the most exciting trad combinations of recent times, together Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught.  Matt Molloy is regarded as the greatest exponent of flute playing alive, a member of the Chieftains for more than two decades he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band. John Carty’s musical prowess has grown steadily since his debut recording 20 years ago and he has since produced a plethora of solo recordings. A member of the bands At the Racket and Patrick Street John finds himself in constant demand as a musician. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award. They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s number one guitar player, Arty McGlynn. His subtle guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to this unique duet.

TICKETS IN ADVANCE FROM THE CRANE BAR – ALSO ON THE DOOR

September Sessions

Sat 02-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Michael Chang and Bill Wright

Sun 03-09, 13.00, Sean Ryan and Mick Crehan and Guests

Sun 03-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Mon 04-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Kevin Whelan and Freda Hatton

Tue 05-09,  21.30, Trad Session with NUI,G Trad Society

Tue 05-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Mick Crehan and John O’Halloran.

Wed 06-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Ailbhe O’Monach?in and John O’Halloran

Thu 07-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Sat 09-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Michael Chang and Bill Wright

Sun 10-09, 13.00, Sean Ryan and Mick Crehan and Guests

Sun 10-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Mon 11-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Kevin Whelan and Freda Hatton

Tue 12-09, 21.30, Trad Session with NUI,G Trad Society

Tue 12-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Mick Crehan and John O’Halloran.

Wed 13-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Ailbhe O’Monach?in and John O’Halloran

Thu 14-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Sat 16-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Michael Chang and Bill Wright

Sun 17-09, 13.00, Sean Ryan and Mick Crehan and Guests

Sun 17-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Mon 18-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Kevin Whelan and Freda Hatton

Tue 19-09, 21.30, Trad Session with NUI,G Trad Society

Tue 19-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Mick Crehan and John O’Halloran.

Wed 20-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Ailbhe O’Monach?in and John O’Halloran

Thu 21-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Sat 23-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Michael Chang and Bill Wright

Sun 24-09, 13.00, Sean Ryan and Mick Crehan and Guests

Sun 24-09, 21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Mon 25-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Kevin Whelan and Freda Hatton

Tue 26-09, 21.30, Trad Session with NUI,G Trad Society

Tue 26-09, 21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Mick Crehan and John O’Halloran.

Wed 27-09, 21.30, Trad Session with Ailbhe O’Monach?in and John O’Halloran

Thu 28-09,  21.30, Greg Cotter and Mary Flanagan Country/Folk

Sat 30-09,  21.30, Trad Session (Upstairs) with Michael Chang and Bill Wright

The Crane Bar

2 Sea Road,
Galway.
Tel: 353 91 587419
E-mail: info@thecranebar.com

The Crane Bar,
2 Sea Road, Galway.
Tel: 353 91 587419
E-mail: info@thecranebar.com

Artists Area

Speakers:

  • 4 X Seeburg Acoustic Line TSM 12 (12”/1.4” 600Watt AES)
  • 4 X Seeburg Acoustic Line B 1801 (18” 800Watt AES)
  • 4 X Seeburg Acoustic Line M5 montiors (dual concentric 15”/2” 500 Watt AES
  • 2 X Martin Audio LE400 (15”/1” 400 Watt AES)

Amps:

  • Chevin Q6 4 X 1000 Watt for MidHi’s
  • Chevin A3000 2 X 1500 Watt for Bass bins
  • 2 X Dynnacord S900 2 X 450 watt for Monitors

Desk:

  • Allen & Heath GL3300: 24 channels, 4 band EQ wit