The boys are back in Dublin town

When I was about 14 I trekked up to Newcastle Uni with a bunch of mates to see Thin Lizzy. Got my Dad to drive us up. The band, being a hardened, boozy, tough-guy rock ‘n roll outfit, didn’t come on stage until midnight. By which time we needed to head back home (….@*!?@?…) 

Jody Cahill from The Crooked Jacks

Jody Cahill from The Crooked Jacks

All this came bubbling up because I’ve been in Dublin for a week, and Phil Lynott, bless his bass playing soul, is all over the place. Statues, photos, memorabilia. Actually the whole city seems dedicated to its rock stars – U2, Van M, Shane MacGowan etc. They’re everywhere. It’s a music city!

Live at the Temple Bar Inn

Live at the Temple Bar Inn

So it was great to see some trad Irish music at the Temple Bar Inn, and sink a few pints of the black stuff. Tourist bar it may be, but hey, once work was done, I was in tourist mood.

4 piece band - it's all you need.

4 piece band – it’s all you need.

Bit cramped, but they're young and can cope

Bit cramped, but they’re young and can cope

The music was provided by The Crooked Jacks, and very good they were too. And I loved the Temple Bar  (500 whiskies to try out… and that’s on top of the Guinness). 

Banjo twang

Banjo twang

Thin Lizzy may have to remain a distant dream for me, but I got my fill of Irish music (and Guinness), managed to see the whole set and get back to my hotel room for a good night’s kip. Beats trekking up to Newcastle!

The Crooked Jacks

The Crooked Jacks


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