Louis Stewart is back with food for body and soul
Wednesday night is jazz night at The House restaurant in Howth, Co Dublin. Yes, I know it's a mixed blessing; diners will talk, and it'd be unreasonable to expect the hush of a concert hall. The solution? Book early and get a seat near the musicians.
Next Wednesday night, and every third Wednesday of the month, it's the turn of Dave Mulligan (guitar) and Andrew Csibi (bass). Hugh Buckley (guitar) and Rock Fox (baritone sax) can be heard on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Louis Stewart (guitar), Myles Drennan (piano) and Dave Fleming (bass) will play March 7 and every first Wednesday, delighting Louis's faithful fans who had withdrawal symptoms all last year.
The second Wednesday of the month will feature Cian Boylan (piano) and Neil McMahon (tenor sax).
The food is good too: €15 covers supper, a glass of wine and the music. Details on www.thehouse-howth.ie
Here's a reminder of some of the other regular weekly gigs around Dublin:
Sundays, 12.30pm -- the Merrion Gates Traditional jazz band, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, admission free.
Sundays, 6-8pm -- Sweeney's Jazzmen at Sweeney's Bar, 32 Dame Street, featuring Paul Sweeney (trumpet), Jim Farley (clarinet/sax), Douggie O'Brien (trombone), Chris Keanevy (piano), Jimmy McKay (bass) and Des Hopkins (drums). Admission free.
Mondays, 9pm -- the Hot House Big Band. Mercantile Bar, Dame Street. It's the big-band sound with 17 instrumentalists and two vocalists. Admission €8.
Thursdays, 9 pm -- Isotope, JJ Smyth's, Aungier Street. With Hugh Buckley (guitar), Richie Buckley (tenor sax) Myles Drennan (piano), Damian Evans (bass), Shane O'Donovan (drums). Admission €8.