“No, Mc then Guinness, it’s spelt like the drink.”
“Oh, now I get ya honey.”
So went a telephone conversation with a New York deli waitress last September. Guinness is probably the most Irish product in existence. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Guinness and as part of the celebrations on 24th September, there are a number of gigs on in Dublin. When I saw a number, I actually mean a shedload cos there’s gigs in four studio venues (priced €17.59) and 28 different pubs (priced €9) across the capital. Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Arthur Guinness Fund.
At the launch of Arthur’s Day last week, myself and a few other culch.ie punters were invited along to Oliver St John Gogarty’s in Temple Bar. The launch featured live performances by The Chapters (whose album I’ve since bought and is very good) and Noah and the Whale. We also got a chance to interview the Blizzards which is featured here. Tickets went on sale for the gigs this morning on Ticketmaster. I’ve yet to make my mind up on what I’m going to see but definite highlights would include: David Holmes, The Kooks, The Blizzards, The Chapters, Jamie Callum and Republic of Loose. You can catch more updates over on culch.ie or on guinness.com