Live At the Abbey

We are very lucky at the Abbey Tavern to have hosted a number of iconic acts over the years and we continue to bring fantastic entertainment to our customers as often as we can. Our events include comedians such as Ardal O'Hanlon, Jason Byrne and Kevin McAleer and music from Damien Dempsey, Declan O'Rourke, the Luke Kelly Tribute Show, Mary Coughlan and Mundy to name a few.

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STOP PRESS – Aslan’s CHRISTY DIGNAM & JOE JEWELL – live at the Abbey Tavern – Thursday 17 April

Christy Dignam

Aslans CHRISTY DIGNAM & JOE JEWELL perform their acoustic show “Some Songs & Stories ” on Thursday 17th April, live at the Abbey Tavern.

Tickets €22.50 – on sale on Tuesday 8th April from the Abbey Tavern – 01 832 2006 or from Ticketmaster

Paddy Casey – Live at the Abbey Tavern – Saturday 26 April

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Contact The Abbey Tavern on 01-8322006 or email


Red Empire – Live in The Abbey Tavern – Friday 11 April

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The Abbey Tavern Howth are delighted to be hosting a night of REAL LIVE MUSIC featuring two great Irish rock bands . RED EMPIRE and PRIVADO headline act is RED EMPIRE —
“Red Empire have used their different musical influences and backgrounds to make a sound that is instantly recognisable when heard.” – Cheers Magazine
Following the release of their well-received debut EP, ‘Strange Philosophy’ Red Empire have recently finished their debut album as their star continues to rise. ‘Strange Philosophy’, which was chosen as FM104’s Strawberry Pick of the Week upon its release, went down very well with fans and critics alike. noted that:
“Despite this being their first release the standard of song is incredibly high” and The Irish Independent called it a “red-hot debut”.  The album, which is set for a 2014 release date has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound and will be preceded by a second E.P, ‘Small Mercies’. ‘Small Mercies’ will contain the song of the same name and two additional tracks that band recorded last year during an intimate filmed live session called “In a Room with Red Empire”.
Last year the band used this filmed live session as a way of previewing for their fans some of the songs which would be recorded for the album, together with some acoustic versions of songs from the ‘Strange Philosophy’ E.P. All of the videos from “In a Room with Red Empire” are available on the band’s YouTube channel: 
Recently Red Empire’s song, ‘Denial’ has been chosen to be included in director, Graham Cantwell’s new film, ‘The Callback Queen’ and hasalso been used in an advertisement for the V.E.C. It would appear that Red Empire’s musical stock is rising fast.
Tickets €12.50 from and or from The Abbey Tavern – phone 01-8322006 or email

Back by Popular Demand – Jeanette Byrne – Thursday 10 April

Presenting Jeanette Byrne, performing the excellent  ’No Regrets’ Featuring The Music of  Edith Piaf.
Make an evening of it with the inclusion of a French themed two course meal.
Tickets € 15 from The Abbey Tavern. For bookings call 01-8322006 or  email

David McSavage: Don’t Give Up Tour – LIVE at the Abbey Tavern 24 May 2014

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The writer and star of the hit TV show – The Savage Eye – David McSavage is one of Ireland’s most popular comedians. His cutting commentary and performances cover all aspects of life and nothing is safe from his truth induced interpretations. From The

Barman (Mick The Bull) to Father Finnegan to former President Mary Robinson and Pat…….Kenny, audiences relate to each character from the many aspects of Irish life.
The Savage Eye (RTÉ), has been critically acclaimed was again recently nominated for an IFTA award for Best Entertainment Series and Best Director.

A regular guest on TV and radio shows in Ireland for many years, David has also appeared at all the major comedy festivals including the Edinburgh Festival and internationally in Australia, Germany,  Japan and Scandinavia.

As an actor, this year he features in the film Calvary by John Michael McDonagh starring Brendan Gleeson. His other recent film roles in Gold and Our Robot Overlords.

In 2008 he devised Headwreckers for the Channel 4 TV show Comedy Lab.

“….the most divisive comedian in the country” ~Evening Herald

“McSavage is a comedic force… a riotous evening and a thoroughly
entertaining show”

“One of Ireland’s funniest comedians” ~The Irish Mirror

“The comic equivalent of dynamite fishing” ~(Official Edinburgh Fringe Magazine)

“McSavage may overstep the line but that doesn’t stop him making great comedy… “    ~Evening Herald


Freddie White Live at The Abbey Tavern

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FREDDIE WHITE – the maestro of quality music – live in the Abbey Tavern on Saturday 5th of April 2014

Freddie White colourFreddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. Whether interpreting songs by his favorite writers, such as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, John Hiatt and Guy Clark, or performing his own classy compositions, Freddie’s live performances are nothing short of legendary.

Freddie has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and new-found fan base. Born in Cobh, County Cork into a musical family, by age thirteen Freddie was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally. At nineteen, he moved to London, where he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style. In 1974, he was a founding member of ‘Scullion’, together with Philip
King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed ‘The Fake’, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late ‘70’s. Next came The Freddie White Band formed in 1978, which toured with Eric Clapton that year.

His first album, Live on Tour, recorded by Nicky Ryan while touring with Clannad, brought him national attention. His second album, Do You Do, was the biggest selling Mulligan Label album of 1981. With these early albums, Freddie introduced an eclectic repertoire of music, which spanned musical genres and eras, to an Irish audience.

Long Distance Runner was launched in 1985, and it featured original songs such as ‘Goodbye This Time’, ‘Down Without A Fight’, and the hit single ‘Frozen Heart’, which was co-written with Johnny Duhan. His fourth album, ‘Close To You’ continued this trend, with most of the songs self-penned. In 1994, he released ‘Straight Up’, a collection of fourteen songs recorded live by DanDan Fitzgerald.
‘My Country’ was released in Ireland in May 1999. A collection of eleven songs co-written with Ann O’Sullivan and based on the poetry of Don O’Sullivan. The album was co-produced by Freddie and Declan Sinnott, renowned for his work as producer and arranger with Sinead Lohan, Frances Black and Mary Black and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving Hearts.

In May 2002 the 2-CD set Lost and Found was released, comprising digitally re-mastered versions of two of Freddie’s best selling early albums, albums, namely, Live on Tour and Do You Do, under the watchful eye of original producer PJ Curtis. The re-release was warmly welcomed not only by the many whose original vinyl copies had long since worn out, but also by those who delighted in discovering these classic recordings.

In 2004, Freddie White returned to Ireland after many years living in the USA and released an all-new studio album entitled Four Days in May. Recorded in Dublin with some of Ireland’s finest musicians over a four-day period, it showcases Freddie’s songwriting prowess and unerring choice of songs worthy of remarkable reinterpretation.

Since then he has regularly toured Ireland and Europe and also dedicated himself to the development of his latest recording,collaborating with songwriters Jimmy MacCarthy and Jim Barrett. Released in 2008, ‘Stormy Lullaby’, is a stunning collection of moody tracks in which Freddie White’s musicianship and voice shine through. He has once again teamed up with his old cohort DanDan Fitzgerald to
produce this gem. The album has an acoustic feel thanks to the input of a small, tight group of musicians from his native Cork.

Some tracks are newly written, while others (not previously recorded by Freddie) have proven their worth by becoming firm favourites with his live audiences.  It showcases what Freddie does best – that is ‘get inside’ and deliver heartrending, troubled love songs in a manner guaranteed to stop you in your tracks. It is often said of Freddie that he does not merely ‘cover’ great songs; more often than not he improves on the originals. Indeed, if this were not the case, he would surely be more highly revered for his own songwriting accomplishments.

His keen ear for quality songs, undisputed talent for interpretation and exemplary songwriting skills, stand out in his most intimate offering.  Freddie’s new album, Here With You released in April
2012 introduces Trish Hickey and is a collection of songs from some of their favourite writers.  The album was recorded in Ireland and Australia.  Freddie moved to Sydney, Australia in March 2011 but will be touring Ireland again in April 2014.

Appearing in the Abbey Tavern, Howth on Saturday 5th April  2014

Green Floyd – Saturday 29 March – Tickets €15

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Andy Irvine – LIVE at the Abbey Tavern – 15 March 2014

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DECLAN O’ROURKE – Live at the Abbey Tavern – FRIDAY 21st of FEBRUARY 2014

Declan o'Rourke

“To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.”

- Brendan Graham, Hot Press Magazine (Mar 2012)

Declan O’Rourke was a latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene. But, in his mid-twenties, within months of discovering Dublin’s bustling songwriter open-mic circuit, O’Rourke found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice and many other Irish singer-songwriters.

In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram. ‘Galileo (Someone Like You),’ his debut single, has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban, and performed by Paul Weller and Chris Rea. 

Declan performed ‘Galileo’ at the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Ireland’s National Concert Hall before the President of Ireland, at the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup 2011, and earlier this year at the BBC ‘Proms in the Park’ with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.

Such was the critical and commercial success of Since Kyabram in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Snow Patrol, Kate Rusby and DJs Jonathan Ross and Edith Bowman, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.

His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, easily consolidated his appeal in Ireland and also with his growing list of well-connected champions. Support slots followed in the UK and Europe
to the likes of Paulo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Brady.

Earlier in 2011, O’Rourke joined a stellar line up of artists that included Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Amos Lee for Transatlantic Sessions Series 5, broadcast on the BBC2, BBC4 and RTE1. Declan was also a featured artist at the Transatlantic Sessions Live Tour 2012, encompassing the Royal Festival Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall, among other prestigious venues in the UK and Ireland.

O’Rourke released Mag Pai Zai, his third album, on his own Rimecoat label in April ’11. It managed to top the success of Declan’s first two albums, holding its own in Ireland’s Top 10 Album Chart for four
consecutive weeks. ‘A Little Something,’ the album’s debut single climbed to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40.

O’Rourke’s songs have been recorded by a host of highly-respected, successful artists. ‘Galileo (Someone Like You)’ was recorded by Josh Groban for his fifth studio album, Illuminations, produced by Rick Rubin. It has also been recorded by Eddi Reader (MBE), the Scottish songstress widely known for her No. 1 UK hit ‘It’s Got To Be Perfect.’ Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Jazz legends Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, recorded the song for her second album Back to You. Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Paul Byrom, amongst others, have all recorded ‘Galileo’.

In June 2012, Declan took part in Electric Burma, a gala concert celebrating Burmese humanitarian Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice and Vanessa Redgrave, amongst others.

Tickets for this show cost €22.90  and are available at the Abbey  or on Ticketmaster.


These Charming Men

These Charming Men have been performing at the Annual Smiths/Morrissey Convention in Los Angeles since 2001 and were requested to appear in Morrissey’s absence at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan 2004 to play to an audience of some 35,000 people.

These Charming Men are a must for all Smiths and Morrissey fans. Tickets are €10 and are available at the Abbey Tavern.

Jeannette Byrne – 24 January 2014

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