Limerick’s newest live venue packing in the punters

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THOSE NICE folks in Bourke’s Bar on Catherine Street are to be commended for an endeavour that has seen the Kanyu Tree, Tierannisaur, Elaine Mai and Goodtime play a series of free gigs in the comfortable surrounds of Limerick’s newest live music venue in recent weeks.

THOSE NICE folks in Bourke’s Bar on Catherine Street are to be commended for an endeavour that has seen the Kanyu Tree, Tierannisaur, Elaine Mai and Goodtime play a series of free gigs in the comfortable surrounds of Limerick’s newest live music venue in recent weeks.

Upstairs in the back room of the bar, Lorcan and his team have created an intimate venue with the clever use of some black drapes, a stage and, crucially, a soundsystem that packs a punch.

Throw into the mix the sage booking skills of John Hennessy, former booker with Whelan’s in Dublin, and you have a force to be reckoned with.

Big plans are afoot for next year, but in the coming weeks the bar plays host to renowned instrumental rock gurus The Jimmy Cake (pictured above) this Thursday and Jape the following Thursday (December 23) - all free of charge, live and up close and likely among two of the best gigs of the year in Limerick.

The Jimmy Cake, who started life in 2000, have been at the forefront of instrumental-prog rock in Ireland for years and have garnered a well deserved reputation for their oft ramshackle, largely improvised, yet no less incendiary live performances.

The gigs are free and admission is on a first come first served basis from 8pm. See Bourke’s Bar on Facebook.