This year Father’s Day falls on on Sunday 17th of June. And what better way to say thanks to your Dad for all he does for you, than with a thoughtful present. Rather than panic buying socks or a bottle of whiskey, why not give him tickets to a show or a concert. Was he a Frank Sinatra man? Or perhaps The Eagles biggest fan? Does he wear cowboy boots and secretly wish he lived in Nashville? Whatever type of music he’s into there’s a gig on InspireMe.ie that should appeal.
The Swing Cats, Kerry
For supersmooth Daddio’s, the INEC in Killarney is the place to be on Saturday 7th July and Saturday 11th August. The Swing Cats, led by award winning vocalist Luke Thomas have gathered a huge following throughout Ireland and Europe. They have a distinctive sound and style which is steeped in the golden age of swing music. If your Dad is a fan of the Rat Pack he will love this theatrical and energetic show. Find out more here.
Sean Keane, Cork
Although heavily influenced by traditional styles and values, Seán Keane cannot be categorised simply as a traditional singer. Whether the songs are traditional, folk, country or blues, he applies a unique voice and individual style that you will never forget. Performing in the Ballymaloe Grainstore in Cork on Saturday 21st July this should be a magical night. And if you want extra brownie points, maybe treat your Dad to a delicious dinner first? Find out more here.
Monaghan Country Music Festival, Monaghan
If you father is a country music fan, than send him to Monaghan this July. One of the highlights of the summer, the Monaghan Country Music Festival has a stellar line up for 2018. With Patrick Feeney Jimmy Buckley, Michael English and Mike Denver all performing, your siblings will never be able to top a gift of tickets for this weekend. Find out more here.
Songhoy Blues, Donegal
If your Dad has his finger on the pulse, he will be seriously impressed by tickets to see Songhoy Blues play An Griánan in Letterkenny on Saturday 14th July. These three musicians from northern Mali have a superb sound. In fact, maybe you should get a spare ticket to keep him company? Find out more here.
The Illegals With Niamh Kavanagh, Louth
Led by Niamh Kavanagh, The Illegals will take the audience on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. With songs like “New Kid In Town”, “The Chain” and “Hotel California” , all Eagles Fans will be in there element. Find out more here.
Bagatelle – 40th Anniversary, Wicklow
Veteran Irish rockers Bagatelle are preparing to celebrate 40 years on the road. Have your Dad relive his misspent youth in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Saturday 7th July. Find out more here.
Scullion Sundays, Dublin
This is the final of series of three curated Sunday Service shows at Dublin’s Sugar Club. Happening on Father’s Day Sunday the 17th June, Ireland’s most wonderful musicians and writers come together for a Sunday Session of great songs, inspirational readings, and powerful tunes. The first two have been brilliant. This week Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is among the performers. No doubt, the series will finish on a high. Find out more here.
The Legend of Luke Kelly, Roscommon.
How many of us spent countless car journeys with our Dads, while listening to tapes of Luke Kelly on repeat? This is definitely a present that will go down a treat. Dublin singer/songwriter Chris Kavanagh in celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend. Find out more here.
We have lots more great events on www.inspireme.ie . So don’t forget to check what’s on near you. And if your Dad prefers the horses, the theatre , GAA, you’ll still find some present inspiration!
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