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Born Optimistic presents


BUSK: Crampton Court, 2pm
GIG: Whelan’s, 8pm

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Hey Troubadour is a celebration of the song born in a city of song.

Dublin is a city that shows great respect to great songwriters, whether from here or elsewhere.

We pride ourselves on the attention we will give to people who have a way with words.

Two things have been the epicentre of song in Dublin these past decades – Busking and Whelan’s.

Hey Troubadour brings both of these together for one magical day on Saturday September 15th. We have a busk at 2pm in Crampton Court and this gig in Whelan’s at 8.

Gracing that hallowed Whelan’s stage will be Glen Hansard, Mark Geary, David Keenan, Mongoose, Ailbhe Reddy, Stephen James Smith, Sam Kavanagh (Lalala Choir), Larry Beau, Mark Matthew Palmer, Junior Brother, Ailie., Natalya O’Flaherty, Harry Hoban and our MC Eve Darcy.

These amazing artists are all donating their incredible skills and time for free to enable all of the proceeds raised to go to Aidlink, a super cool little charity who fund community led projects as their executive director Anne Cleary explains: “Aidlink are overjoyed to be the benefactors of Hey Troubadour. The DIY self-starter attitude of the artists on this bill like Glen Hansard completely reflects the local community groups we work with such as the Girl Child Network in Kenya. Glen has never taken no for an answer and has stayed true to his core ethos which is just what we look for in the strong partnerships we build with grassroots groups in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana.”

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Supported by Temple Bar Company and Dublin City Council


20:20 Steve Wall
20:40 Ruth Mac
21:05 Glen Hansard
21:30 Sample Answer
21:45 Junior Brother
22:00 Mark Matthew Palmer
22:15 Ailie.
22:30 Larry Beau
22:45 Stephen James Smith
23:00 Ailbhe Reddy
23:15 Mongoose
23:30 David Keenan
23:45 Mark Geary & Mundy


00:00 Mundy + Friends
00:45 Lalala Choir
01:15 The Pale
01:30 Mark Geary + Friends


€25 available online from &  WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos