Archive for October, 2012

The Dubliner Folk Pub


It’s early evening  and I’m hiding away from the growing crowd in the cosy back bar of the Dubliner folk pub www.dubliner.no in the company of two gorgeous and very friendly female staff members. There’s a huge crowd here and the noise level is increasing due to happy conversation.

It’s not even 6pm yet although it feels later as the daylight dissipates.

I think I sang my first song up on the famous stage behind the railings in May of 1997 and have been more than a regular visitor ever since. I’ve played here solo, with my first band Sans Souci, in duo with Fiddlers         Snorre Solem and Aidan Burke, and Piano man Ed Veltrop to name a few.

I’ve fond memories of gigs and guest performances back in the day with Cormac Doyle, Kevin O’Sullivan, J. Eoin, Skirm, Eddie Sheehan and many other old stalwarts of this place.

With J.Eoin

I’ve seen the pub expand more than Cormac Doyle’s underpants over the years 🙂 and indeed my dear friend Cormac introduced me to Aidan Burke who was the fiddler in his band ” The Tide” at the time

Cormac Doyle

I literally met hundreds of people  here and formed many lasting relationships here. I have seen staff  members come and go over the years. Some of whom I still have contact with.

With Ed Veltrop

For a musician this is probably one of the more comfortable places to perform. A decent PA system, a protective railing around the stage for when the crowd get messy, proper security in the pub at weekends (wednesday’s and Thursday’s are usually event free)

a blast from the past (2008)


The best thing though is probably the comfortable band apartment  which is situated one floor up which is always spotless and well looked after by the lovely Henriette. In the early days it was 3 floors up and two touring bands used to share the one apartment which could sleep 8 to ten people. (Paper thin walls) You can  imagine the after hours happenings up there after both bands and their entourage  arrived back after a gig at 2 or 3 am. I will not go into details here but memories were made 😉

These days my formal visits to the Dubliner  happen about 3 times a year to perform with Aidan Burke  (Fiddle) and Luis Landa-Schreitt (percussion) and I like to drive up from Belgium (Where I live) with my trusted driver and friend Pluim (The Celtic Roadie as we call him) This means I can travel with more sound equipment and guitars to enhance the sound/gig and  make the shows that little bit more enjoyable, and we all know the more gear you have on stage the better you are!! Ha ha. 

Pluim the Celtic Roadie. Feeding time 🙂

Jenks and I

This place is an office, a work place a drop in shelter, a music Mecca, a place where I’ve spent a lot of my life if  I add up the hours. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Oslo and must be one of the best bars in the world. I’ve most certainly had some of the most memorable  moments of my career on and off the stage in this unique pub. I could stay here every day. That would be ok 🙂 I’d be in good company.

Aidan, Me, Nigel, Luis, Cormac


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It’s Friday !

It’s Friday!!!! That’s what most people shout out at the end of a long hard weeks work.

For working musicians it’s usually the beginning of our working week (well weekend anyway) Lots of working class people out there don’t really see what we do as work as we only seem to appear briefly on stage or in a bar somewhere then we’re gone till the next time they see us.

I guess they don’t think about the practice, the learning of songs, the spending half the day traveling to the destination, the hauling in the sound system, the sound check, the hours or waiting around until show time, the songwriting or composing, the living week to week on the money you do make, the long drive home after the show in all weather. Sure that’s not work is it?

This is my first blog and already I’m bitching and moaning…ha ha 🙂 To be honest i don’t see what i do as work either. The music certainly is not though the other stuff can be tiresome yes. I feel very privileged to be able to do what I do in this life, to bring songs (mainly my songs but other peoples too) to people who really want me to bring them.

I have done almost every type of gig/concert/show/toilet imaginable in almost 25 years of doing this and as I’ll turn 40 years old in May it makes me realize that although I’m not getting any younger the spirit of what I do is still alive deep down inside and when I get out there in front of a listening audience I feel like I’m 15 years old again showing off to some cute girl like I’m Elvis Presley (not much has changed i hear you say) 🙂

So This weekend I’ll play in the town of Oudenaarde (famous for cycling) in Belgium and a house concert in Tilburg in the Netherlands (I lover house concerts) they’re intimate and cosy and the people there are always there for one thing (free food) no The Music… Then it’s off to Oslo Norway a place with a long history for me and a place dear to my heart to continue work on what I think will be my finest album or recorded songs to date…here’s hoping.

Ok I hope to Blog away here as time goes on with more musing from “Rua on the road” feel free to share them or laugh at them or whatever blog readers do 🙂 have to go and get ready as Pluim “The Celtic Roadie” my road manager/driver will be here in the van momentarily and he hates when I’m late.

Have a lovely weekend and maybe see you at the gig.  I hope I’m not too grumpy after my days work 🙂 xx Daithi


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