Rock, Reggae and Ska at Craiceailte

Johnny, Tura agus Meaiti ag Cabaret Craiceailte mhi Aibreain Tigh Hiudai, An Bun Beag, Gaoth Dobhair.

TWO of Ireland’s top music acts, Belfast Reggae/Ska band Bréag, and Dublin Rock band, Dirty 9’s, headline this month’s Irish language, Cabaret Craiceailte, in Hiudai Beag’s pub, Gaoth Dobhair, this Saturday at 9.30pm.

They will be joined by other guests including Zimbabwean Gaeilgeóir/Sean Nós/Hip Hop dancer/ singer, Tura Aru Tura.


Ireland’s best Reggae band Bréag have been associated with the Craiceáilte gigs since the very first Féile Craiceáilte in 1993, and have supported and played at the Cabaret Craiceáilte on many occasions.

They have a wonderful Reggae/Ska sound with an Irish twist, and all their songs are sung in Irish.

Bréag’s lead singer Caoimhín Mac Giolla Chatháin has said that the Craiceáilte gig’s are the most enjoyable and pleasurable gig’s that they have ever played and that they are looking forward to this Saturday’s appearance in Gaoth Dobhair: “We love supporting the Craiceáilte revolution in Gaoth Dobhair, Dublin, Belfast , Galway or wherever it may be happening. An Réabhlóid Abú!” adúirt an tUasal Mac Giolla Chatháin.

Bréag , Dirty 9’s , Rís, Tura Aru Tura and many more acts join host Rónán Mac Aodha Bhui, on the Camchuairt Craiceáilte ( Cabaret Craiceáilte On Tour) in March, with appearance’s in An Poc Fada, Monaghan Town on Saturday 10th March, College Bar University College Galway on Tuesday 13th March, and Dublin’s Dame Lane music venue on Friday 16th March.

The Dirty 9s who released their debut album “Stop Screaming, Start Dreaming”, produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) in 2010 to critical acclaim, are no strangers to the Cabaret Craiceáilte.

They have played at the Cabaret at Electric Picnic, St Patricks Festival, and Feile Imram. Their debut album was described by as “Plenty of energy..nice hooks” and by as “a record of youthful endeavour..bags of promise”.

This album has not only enabled The Dirty 9s to reach people worldwide with their music, but it has also helped them to become an established live act to be reckoned with.


The Dirty 9s formed in 2008 and haven’t wasted anytime in their mission to take their music to as many people as possible. Named after the less than flattering nickname given to their local bus service -the 39 the Dublin five piece first came to the public’s attention when they won the €10,000 grand prize on Irish TV Show Deis Roc.

The show which aired on TG4 was a music competition for unsigned bands in which you had to write and perform your own music in Irish. Judges on the programme included Jim Lockhart from the legendary Horslips.

In the short time they’ve been together the band have also been selected for the 2009 IMRO Showcase Tour, performed on BBC Scotland Music Show Rapal, had their debut single ‘Lucy Opus’ picked as the download of the day on Today FM by Tony Fenton and they’ve had a track of theirs ‘Corridors’ chosen for the Hotpress/Oxfam compilation CD.

They finished 2009 by signing a licensing deal with US based company Uncommontrax who provide music for Film & TV shows such as Entourage & Twilight. Since forming the band have clocked up gigs in top venues throughout the country including among others Whelans, Auntie Annies, The Academy, Cyprus Avenue, Spirit Store, The Stables, Electric Avenue & The Granary. They’ve also supported Republic of Loose, Delorentos, The Coronas, CODES, Director & The Stunning.

The Cabaret Craiceáilte kicks off this Saturday in Hiúdaí Beag’s, An Bun Beag, Gaoth Dobhair at 9.30pm.

The Cabaret Craiceáilte is a voluntary/non profit project run by Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí to promote the Irish Language music scene.


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