Valentine’s with your Limerick City Big Band

Why not spend Valentine’s night on a date you’ll enjoy, have fun and move to the beat of The Limerick City Big Band (LCBB) at Dolans Warehouse this Friday.

Dolans Warehouse provides the perfect venue and backdrop for an evening of live big band music, where the audience will be treated to the full power and energy that comes with such a large group of musicians performing live.

Limerick City Big Band (LCBB)

Formed in 2014 by local musicians Andrew Jordan and Michael Dooley, the band started from a desire to perform classic big band numbers with a fully live band.

Big Bands derive their name from the large number of musicians that typically make up the band. The LCBB has 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, bass, drums and guitar.

The bands line-up for this show features many local well-known Limerick musicians:                      Trumpet: Michael Dooley, Stan O’Grady, Andrew Jordan and Martin Doyle.                                        Trombone: Jo Fegan, Gareth Cox, Ger Power and George Brown.                                                                        Saxes: Steve Hanks, Shannon Burns, Matt O’Gara, Helen Hassenfuss and Ray Heraty.                            Piano: Bryan Meehan Bass: Rory Murphy Drums: Dermot Hinchy Guitar: Eddie O’Donovan.

Alto Sax Player: Steve Hanks

LCBB perform a diverse range of styles such as standard swing numbers from the 1920’s and 30’s including ‘American Patrol’, ‘In The Mood’, ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Bad Bad Leroy Brown’. Their Valentine’s show will also feature a number of well known tunes in a swing style including ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Big Spender’. 

Joined on the night by two regular vocalists with the band, brother and sister duo Madeline and Padraig Connaughton, audiences of all ages will be sure to enjoy this night and there will be plenty of romantic classics in the set to get you into that Valentines feeling.

The Limerick City Big Band perform live at Dolans Warehouse on Friday February 14.  Doors: 8pm  Tickets: €20 available from Dolans Warehouse

Mary Barry launches debut album at Dolan’s Warehouse


I Knew You, the debut album by Mary Barry, will be launched at Dolan’s Warehouse at 8pm on November 1.

Limerick Lady Mary, is a singer songwriter who, after many years of thinking about it, finally put pen to paper and composed nine original songs over the last year and a half.

“My inspiration comes from a combination of my two loves which, apart from the people in my life, are music and philosophy, and also learning from songwriters I admire, and writing what’s true to me,” said Mary.

The seed of this album began when Mary finally used a gift she had received, an hour in a recording studio in Dublin, three days before the voucher was due to expire. There she recorded her first song, accompanying herself on guitar. That was the start of her creative journey that eventually led her to Red Door productions in Limerick, where she met Dave Keary.

“Luckily for me, Dave has a very busy schedule, which meant there was time between meetings to write more songs. So, what started out as one song became nine. It has been an amazing journey, and a privilege to work with Dave and the amazing calibre of musicians he brought together in the making of this album,” added Mary.

Having always loved singing, Mary originally took guitar lessons so she could accompany herself as a hobby. Inspired by song writers such as Kris Kristofferson and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary’s main influences are folk and country music. She writes philosophically about her life experiences and hopes she is conveying thoughtful and uplifting messages through her songs.

“When I’m singing I think about the lyrics and what they mean to me. I love the way music brings out feelings and helps summarise otherwise complicated scenarios. I also feel deeply grateful and spiritual. The songs mean all I’ve ever felt but never thought I would have or need to explain, if that makes sense,” said Mary.

On the night Mary will be accompanied by Dave Keary on guitar, Danny Byrt on Drums, Eoghan O’Neill on Bass and James Hanley on Keyboards.

“Other than singing a couple of songs in a pub the odd time, I’ve never done anything like this. In one way, I can’t wait. In another way, I’m terrified,” added Mary.

Tickets are €5.00 and can be bought from