Sunday 16 June 2019

Pearl Jem return to McHugh's Venue

Returning to Drogheda on Sunday, 30th December, are legendary tributeers PEARL JEM, who are now regular Festive Season visitors to McHugh's Venue. The boys last played here in June 2018 and rocked the place to the rafters in front of a frenetic, capacity audience.

The early '90s triggered an explosion of Grunge and Alternative garage rock acts, from Nirvana to SoundGarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Rage Against The Machine. This is a night to celebrate that era.

Europe's number 1 Pearl Jam tribute act, PEARL JEM, formed in 2006. The band have gone from strength to strength in recent years, enjoying great success touring not just in this country, but also in the UK and across Europe. Capturing the raw energy, passion and emotion of the Seattle giants in their live performance, PEARL JEM have gained the hard-earned respect of even the most avid fans of the real thing and this highly-acclaimed tribute are now widely regarded as Europe's No. 1 - truly a must-see show for all Pearl Jam fans out there!

PEARL JEM describe themselves as a 100% Irish tribute to the greatest band on the planet. As Pearl Jam fans first and foremost, they have taken a great amount of time and effort to ensure that their show is nothing but a marker of love and respect to the source material.

Showcasing Nigel Connell (aka Eddie Bed-Wetter) of The Madisons and Voice of Ireland fame, the band also features some of the cream of the Irish rock fraternity, including various members of the McRayburn musical mafia, Chris Carnage on catering and all held together by the rock-steady drumming of legendary skinsman Andy Cruisin'.

Support on the night will be undertaken by Drogheda 4 piece, Blue Max, featuring maverick local singer-songwriter Tom Moore.

A large crowd is expected and tickets are now on sale at McHugh's Venue and

Kern to take part in the famed Tradfest event

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre will take to the stage for TradFest performing in Rathfarnham Castle on Saturday 26th January at 4pm. But they are not the only Louth Musicians on this year's festival line up as Kern (Brendan McCreanor from Dunleer, Barry Kieran from Dundalk and SJ McArdle from Drogheda) will also perform in The Workman's Club as part of TradFest 2019.

TradFest, Dublin's annual toe-tapping musical extravaganza is back this January. Ireland's largest festival of trad, folk and world music runs from 23 - 27 January with a wealth of talent to showcase in some of the most iconic and atmospheric buildings in the city. It is this combination of world class artists, music and stunning venues which makes TradFest one of the truly unmissable events on the cultural calendar.

Winners of last year's TradFest Temple Bar Showcase, Louth contemporary folk favourites Kern (pictured) are fresh from high-profile appearances at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann and Fleadh TV and a US trip to play shows at the enormous Milwaukee Irish Fest. The band's live set includes tracks from their album, the critically-acclaimed False Deceiver, which was produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys) and has received widespread radio and press.

The band comprises champion fiddler Barry Kieran, uilleann-piper Brendan McCreanor and singer/songwriter SJ McArdle, all three men well-known in their respective fields. As a band they have toured very extensively over the past couple of years, honing a thrilling live show which is at once lyrical and visceral.

ZOE CONWAY & JOHN MCINTYRE Date: Sat 26th January, Time: Doors 3.30pm / Show 4pm, Venue: Rathfarnham Castle, Ticket: €14.99 from

RÉ PLUS SUPPORT KERN Date: Wed 23rd January, Time: Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm, Venue: The Workman's Club, Ticket: €21.99 from

Drogheda Independent