The DA Club was a great music venue located @ 3-5 Clarendon Market, Dublin (just off Grafton St.) behind Peters Pub. It played host to many an up and coming songwriter night and even some more established homegrown talent like JackL and The Pale. Sadly, it closed down as a music venue after a few years and now showcases talent of a different variety.
I found this print in the boot of the car this morning of yours truly playing an acoustic set from 19 March 1998 supported by cousin Gwyn on bass. Let’s not mention the beard (Bloody hell, what was I thinking?) as for the beige combats.. somebody call Fashion Police.
Back then, we played a series of acoustic sets (mostly original songs, with the odd cover version of The Smiths, Chilli Peppers, thrown in) along with radio show appearances on 2FM our national radio station.
Aah it was a great venue, upstairs above a bar with cinema style seating enough to hold 80-100 people. Most nights you were lucky if half that turned up and if you made enough on the door to pay the engineer and venue, you felt really lucky. Dublin needs more tiny music venues like the DA Club where musicians starting out can get a chance to play. If you have any memories of The DA..please share.
A quick ramble around Howth, North Co Dublin and you can’t help stumble across the castle grounds. Howth is also home to Irelands Transport Museum, Deer Park Golf Course, the Abbey Tavern and a certain member of U2.
Took a walk on the beach yesterday with the 3 ‘little’ Bernese’s in Portmarnock and was joined by the other 2. Yes 5 Bernese Mountain Dogs at once. Can you imagine the palava? Great craic though and took this sneaky shot on the brothers iphone camera..(that’s hom in the background) Life doesn’t get much faster than this.
Took a walk down Hanover Quay earlier this month and came across U2’s recording studio. Not much to look at really but the place is covered in street art, some great and some not so great but all fanatical. I once had the opportunity to work for U2 on their Zooropa tour many years ago. It was very hard work but one of the best experiences and I got to see the band back stage and close up! Thinking about it now… if only I had a camera with me back then. These images took me back to just how devoted their fans can be.
So I dragged my vegetarian arse out from a nice warm couch into the ‘fresh’ Dublin City Centre air on Sunday for a strole thinking it would be the cure for my dreaded hangover. Went a bit too far on the sauce Saturday night. So hungover, I forgot to take a camera with me and resorted to snapping anything of interest on the trustee Nokia camera phone. Well, the wind was blowing like a hurricane and it hasn’t improved much since Sunday but I did find a bit more street art to add to the collection..I found this image on Fishamble Street (off Temple Bar) next to the George Frederic Handel Hotel.
And this little soldier, I came across on Clanbrassil Street…by my favourite renegade $olus