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(featuring a selection of artists from the golden age of the International Bar Singer/Songwriter Sessions)

Tickets €12 including booking fee available to buy online from or call the WAV Box Office [lo-call 1890 200 078]. Free CD ‘Songs from a Small Room’ to first 100 people through the door on the night)

He’s the natural father of a new wave, in Dublin, and in Ireland, and we thank him and we salute him” –  Glen Hansard

Dave Murphy created a warm little songwriting Womb in an upstairs room off Grafton Street, nurturing and priming many an aspiring talent who’d have had nowhere else to play but the cold city streets. Many of the Artistes, who cut their teeth there, are now to be found on the shelves of HMV. Thanks for the Stage Dave!”Damien Dempsey

“For most of us it was the first taste of what it would be like if people actually wanted to hear your own songs.”Paddy Casey

“Geldof may not like Mondays, but in the ’90s, I grew very fond of Tuesdays.” – Luka Bloom

“His love for music and life is truly beautiful.His sessions were where one could go to “get good” at their craft.We had the seed,he showed us how to plant and nurture it.” – Gemma Hayes

Any musical history of a city will have its catalysts and unsung heroes and Dave Murphy is most certainly both. Dave’s singer/songwriter nights were legendary in Dublin city in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s. Started in the Bailey Bar in 1989 Dave’s nights really took hold of the popular consciousness when he moved to the iconic International Bar in the 90’s. A sign outside the International that read ‘Dave Murphy and Friends’ was a calling card to locals and tourists, musicians and audience alike that a night of stirring live music was in store. These nights proved to be an academy for an entire Irish scene that was subsequently to materialize with such luminaries as Damien Dempsey, Gemma Hayes, Glen Hansard, Mundy, Paddy Casey among many others acknowledging that Dave Murphy’s singer/songwriter nights played a pivotal role in their emergence as established artists in their own right.

A fabulous musician in his own right Dave will be assembling a stellar cast of musicians to celebrate the rich history and extraordinary legacy of his work as a musician, a promoter and unsung godfather of the singer/songwriter movement over the last twenty years on Tuesday August 28th. And if that wasn’t incentive enough to pop along, the first 100 people through the door on the night will receive a free compilation CD entitled ‘Songs From A Small Room‘ featuring performances from the likes of Glen Hansard, Gemma Hayes, Luka Bloom, Nina Hynes and Nick Kelly. Here’s what Hot Press have to say about this wonderful compilation:

Songs From A Small Room is one of those rare live albums that really captures the moment. It places the listener in that tiny, dingy yet sparkling little room and engages, enthrals and entices them with raw music without the trimmings, unabashed by a mid-song cough or wrong note. It leaves in its wake an overall fragile, delicate quality that’s real – not digital or processed or imaginary. It’s a popular pursuit among music fans critics to argue the merits of what constitutes ‘real’ music. In judging this album I’d guess that the jury would be unanimous. This is as real as it gets
See you on the 28th!


€12 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)


Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of the weekly Trad Session in the front bar (9pm, Free).