GIG GUIDE: March 2017

Erin Jennings gives you the low-down on what's going down around the city this month.[br]The Pigeon Detectives – 2nd March – Whelan’sTHE Pigeon Detectives are back on tour, not long after they announced their new album Broken Glances, set for release early this year. Formed in 2004, the band have a fan base that are drawn to their high-energy sound and carefree persona.The popularity of ‘I Found Out’ from their 2007 album Wait For Me epitomises their classic and catchy indie rock sound that you can sing out in unison with, alongside the band’s well known irreverent style of lyrics in their notable Yorkshire twang. Unlike their previous releases, the band are switching gears and debuting a more eclectic sound with a reflective tone. With a mixture of the old and the new, Whelan’s is set to hold an all-rounder of a show. Tickets are priced at €18.Hamilton Leithauser – 12th March – The Workman’s ClubFOLLOWING a collaboration with Rostam Batmangli, a Vampire Weekend veteran, Hamilton Leithauser is showcasing a solo performance in The Workman’s Club. The pair earned some much deserved critical acclaim during 2016 with their album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine.Perhaps the name doesn’t ring any bells, but Leithauser has actually been around for a while, perhaps better known as the lead singer of the indie-rock band The Walkmen. Now on his own creative terms, his timeless sound will not only delight in its likeness to eras that have come before – Bob Dylan may spring to mind – but his experimental fusion of genres will reverberate in your mind of its own accord. Leithauser has no doubt made his own stamp on the music industry and with a raw innovative style both found in his single tracks, ‘In A Blackout’ and ‘A 1000 Times’. His presence in music is not likely to wane anytime soon. With tickets at a reasonable €22, you’ll get your money’s worth. Promise.Bear’s Den – 19th March – AcademyAfter the release of their latest album Red Earth & Pouring, British alternative folk trio Bear’s Den, are now on their European tour, with a date at the Academy on March 19th. The band released their debut album, Islands, in 2014 with their enchanting single 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii', propelling them to the forefront of folk and gaining enough attention to be nominated for an Ivor Novello award, which recognises the merits of song-writing and composing. If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, this trio’s sound will remind you of the poignant effects of folk instrumentals. What sets them apart, however, is their gentler sound and with distinct evocative lyrics, this gig will offer an uplifting, dreamlike experience. Tickets are on sale at €21.