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Cocktail Masterclass Dates

The following are the dates of the Cocktail Masterclasses

21st Apr      26th May 

23rd Jun      14th July

25th Aug      22nd Sept

27th Oct     17th Nov

To book places, please email Nancy at Nancy@theblindpig.ie

music starts

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

at  9 pm

11 pm Friday and Saturday

Tue 22nd May

nc lawlor

Sponsored By

NC Lawlor is an established singer / songwriter and much respected slide guitarist who brings a unique slant to blues and roots music. He has garnered a following nationwide with his many residencies over this past decade and in particular his dynamic Grafton street performances. He has worked with Seasick Steve, the Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver, our own Shane McGowan and most recently The Waterboys. He is currently operating in the traditional one man band set up creating a raw, energetic and uniquely dynamic sound. He draws deep from artists such as John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His live act with kick drum, high hat, lap steel and harp support his vocals in a wall of sound that is drenched in tradition and innovation. Be sure to catch this sought-after session musician and seasoned performer.

Wed 23rd May

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berthasrevenge

Clara Marie was born and raised in Co. Fermanagh. She recently returned to Ireland after a seven year sojourn in Paris where she swapped her legal career for a job in a Latin quarter jazz cafe. Influenced by a number of styles from contemporary classical, jazz, french retro to ambient. Her music paints a parallel paradox where avant garde meets pop, melancholy meets hope, and where retro meets the 21st century.

Thu 24th May

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Fri 25th May

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Loco Swing, Dublin’s sassiest gypsy jazz and swing band, pay homage to a bygone era. Taking inspiration from the 20s and 30s, they play standards written by the greatest composers of all time, as well as putting a gypsy jazz twist on more contemporary hits.

Sat 26th May

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Ríona & Peter play songs you know and love from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone with a few sneaky pop songs in the mix to keep you guessing! They add a touch of Gatsby style with their nostalgic repertoire and smooth, acoustic sound. Guaranteed to have your toes tapping by the time midnight rolls around!

Sun 27th May

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Tue 29th May

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Wed 30th May

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When not playing electric guitar for futuristic afro-soul outfit Fehdah, supporting artists such as Thundercat in Vicar Street, or driving the high energy Celtic drumming shows of The Hit Machine Drummers, Thomas Garnett can be found transporting his audience through various eras and genres in Dublin´s music venues. With a diverse solo repertoire that includes Stevie Wonder´s classics, Frank Sinatra’s hits and the soothing and rhythmic sounds of Bossa Nova, Thomas’ fingerstyle acoustic guitar and commanding baritone vocals guarantee a smooth and exciting atmosphere.

Thu 31st May

Friday 1st June

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Bluesman Mick Heslin is a contradiction in terms. For a musician in his 20’s he plays the blues with the heart and soul of a man far beyond his years. Born and raised in Dublin, Mick is ; a hard-walkin’, hard-livin’ guitar man in the grand tradition of blues. Possessed of a furious finger picking style and a soulful voice, Mick has been impressing and confounding audiences in bars and clubs around the capital since he was 16 years old.In that short time he has caught the attention of some of the most talented musicians working in Dublin today, including acclaimed guitar man N.C Lawlor, has opened for musicians such as Arlo Guthrie ,and has played several irish festivals such as N.P.L.D, Abbeyfest and the Jack of Diamonds Rhythm and Roots festival.

Sat 2nd June

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Gunpowder Irish Gin

The artistic development of The Jones’ Way, coupled with the new knowledge and life experiences of each girl, helps bring to the stage a performance with a bluesy-swing flavour. They relive a bygone era of ’30/’40s jazz, blues and swing thanks to Silvia’s characteristic powerful voice ability to quickly move through her vocal range. The duo plays with a particular ensemble of the typical soul and pop sound thanks to the elaborate arrangements of Annalisa’s delicate touch on her acoustic guitar.

Sun 3rd June

Thu 7th June

nc lawlor

Sponsored By

NC Lawlor is an established singer / songwriter and much respected slide guitarist who brings a unique slant to blues and roots music. He has garnered a following nationwide with his many residencies over this past decade and in particular his dynamic Grafton street performances. He has worked with Seasick Steve, the Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver, our own Shane McGowan and most recently The Waterboys. He is currently operating in the traditional one man band set up creating a raw, energetic and uniquely dynamic sound. He draws deep from artists such as John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His live act with kick drum, high hat, lap steel and harp support his vocals in a wall of sound that is drenched in tradition and innovation. Be sure to catch this sought-after session musician and seasoned performer.

Fri 8th June

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When You’re Smiling are a Dublin-based duo playing the very finest in vintage jazz and swing standards, soul classics and American blues, gospel, and folk, with everything from 1920s Prohibition songs and retro 1960s soul, to James Bond movie themes and jazzed-up Disney classics. Combining Natalie Turner’s smooth and bewitching vocals with warm and dynamic guitar, their captivating performances will transport you to another time and place.

Sat 9th June

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berthasrevenge

Clara Marie was born and raised in Co. Fermanagh. She recently returned to Ireland after a seven year sojourn in Paris where she swapped her legal career for a job in a Latin quarter jazz cafe. Influenced by a number of styles from contemporary classical, jazz, french retro to ambient. Her music paints a parallel paradox where avant garde meets pop, melancholy meets hope, and where retro meets the 21st century.

Thur 14th June

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Fri 15th June

nc lawlor

Sponsored By

NC Lawlor is an established singer / songwriter and much respected slide guitarist who brings a unique slant to blues and roots music. He has garnered a following nationwide with his many residencies over this past decade and in particular his dynamic Grafton street performances. He has worked with Seasick Steve, the Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver, our own Shane McGowan and most recently The Waterboys. He is currently operating in the traditional one man band set up creating a raw, energetic and uniquely dynamic sound. He draws deep from artists such as John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His live act with kick drum, high hat, lap steel and harp support his vocals in a wall of sound that is drenched in tradition and innovation. Be sure to catch this sought-after session musician and seasoned performer.

Sat 16th June

Oisín Friel is a stage five medical student in UCD and a bass singer. Oisín has been performing music since the age of six. He began singing as a boy soprano with the Palestrina Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, before moving to the United States of America, where he sung with the American Boy Choir and the Westminster Conservatory Choir of Princeton, New Jersey. While there, he performed numerous times as a soloist in venues including the White House, Washington DC, and the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Since returning to Ireland, he has continued his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, under the direction of Sylvia O’Regan. Under her tuition, he has won a number of competitions in festivals such as the Wesley Feis and, most recently, the Feis Ceoil, where he won the Bass Solo competition. He is a UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts scholar, and through this has received masterclasses from highly successful artists such as Nigel Short, Roy Goodman, Therese Timoney and Mark Chambers. Outside of solo work, Oisín has been an active member of the UCD Choral Scholars, under the baton of Dr. Desmond Earley, a group with whom he most recently completed the recording of the group’s first CD, ‘Invisible Stars’, with international record label, Signum Records. As well as being a singer, Oisín is a two-time Feis Ceoil winner on the viola. He has in the past been a member of the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra under the guidance of Prof. Ronald Masin, the UCD Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and has competed and travelled abroad on a number of occasions, performing in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Cillian is a first year PhD student in UCD, specialising in mathematics education. He is a classically trained pianist, having completed lessons in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Hugh Tinney. He was awarded the UCD Ad Astra Academy Performing Arts Scholarship for the duration of his undergraduate degree at UCD, where he was given the opportunity to perform in both solo and chamber performances. A highlight of his musical experience was performing Shostakovich’s second piano concerto alongside UCD Symphony Orchestra in concerts in both in Dublin and in Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a multiple prize winner in the Feis Ceoil competition for solo and chamber music, as well as being a scholarship recipient at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Cillian has a wide range of musical interests, including conducting and arranging, and is also the resident pianist at Brooks Hotel in Dublin.

Thu 21st June

Sponsored By

Gunpowder Irish Gin

The artistic development of The Jones’ Way, coupled with the new knowledge and life experiences of each girl, helps bring to the stage a performance with a bluesy-swing flavour. They relive a bygone era of ’30/’40s jazz, blues and swing thanks to Silvia’s characteristic powerful voice ability to quickly move through her vocal range. The duo plays with a particular ensemble of the typical soul and pop sound thanks to the elaborate arrangements of Annalisa’s delicate touch on her acoustic guitar.

Fri 22nd June

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Loco Swing, Dublin’s sassiest gypsy jazz and swing band, pay homage to a bygone era. Taking inspiration from the 20s and 30s, they play standards written by the greatest composers of all time, as well as putting a gypsy jazz twist on more contemporary hits.

Sat 23rd June

Sponsored By

Ríona & Peter play songs you know and love from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone with a few sneaky pop songs in the mix to keep you guessing! They add a touch of Gatsby style with their nostalgic repertoire and smooth, acoustic sound. Guaranteed to have your toes tapping by the time midnight rolls around!

Thu 28th June

Sponsored By

berthasrevenge

Clara Marie was born and raised in Co. Fermanagh. She recently returned to Ireland after a seven year sojourn in Paris where she swapped her legal career for a job in a Latin quarter jazz cafe. Influenced by a number of styles from contemporary classical, jazz, french retro to ambient. Her music paints a parallel paradox where avant garde meets pop, melancholy meets hope, and where retro meets the 21st century.

Fri 19th June

Sat 30th June

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David King is a Dublin folk and blues singer with an E.P entitled “Dig my Own Hole” (2013) and recently released debut album “Ruirteach Blues” (2015). David’s early influences range from Led Zepplin & Cream to Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Current influences go back to the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Son House.The Delta and Chicago blues style’s delivered with his unique blend of Irish Soul offer up original vocal and guitar styles and create a back beat for the stories in his songs. David performs solo and with the support of his road band known as the “Raging River Band”.“David King does what a lot of modern blues artists struggle to do. He makes complex chord progressions work in the blues format. These songs aren’t the same thing on a loop, there are breaks, bridges and different choruses.”  Ferdia Mooney, Pure M Mag 03.07.2015. David is currently working on Album no.2 which will hopefully be out in 2017!