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Throughout the summer IMMA Nights presents a free music programme every Thursday and Friday evening in the beautiful surroundings of the IMMA Courtyard. Join us for a wide range of atmospheric music events which include DJ sets, solo guitarists, singers, saxophonist, theatre and folk bands, playing music from jazz, soul, folk to rock, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Highlights include DJ Nigel Wood who plays his contemporary World Music collection on the first Friday of every month, relax to his soulful tunes and dance to his uplifting anthems from his global archive. Also monthly The Ritz Brothers guarantee a fun musical evening of surprises where every song stirs a memory as they enchant you with song, stories and theatrical charm.

Upcoming performances

During the month of September we look forward to intimate performance from acts such as Séamus Harty, The New Brass Kings, DJ Nigel Woods and more. Check out the full programme below.

The Flying Dog café will open late for IMMA Nights on Thursday and Friday evenings until 8pm. Please note that events will proceed in rain or shine and that the ground surface may be uneven in places, so bring appropriate footwear.

Programme Details

Below is an outline of the upcoming Music in the Courtyard performances.

DJ Nigel Wood
Friday, 2 September

DJ Nigel Wood is one of our anchor events this Summer, he will play in the Courtyard from 6pm to 8.30pm on the first Friday of each month through to September inclusive. 

Enjoy listening to Wood’s contemporary World Music collection, in the scenic architectural setting of the IMMA courtyard. Join us to relax to soulful tunes and to have a dance to the rhythms and sounds from the whole world! 

Nigel Wood has 25 years of experience as a DJ (The Wicklow Dance Club, Festivals, functions etc), writer and reviewer (The Irish Times), and radio broadcaster (Dublin City FM, RTE Radio 1). He plays music for dance events, for listening, and for relaxation, sourced from all corners of the globe, and giving voice to the stories and traditions of minority cultures, many of whom experienced oppression and colonisation. There is a special emphasis on new releases and up-and-coming artists, as well as recourse to classic dance tunes and uplifting anthems from the global archive. DJ Nigel Wood’s events are designed to foster intercultural appreciation and respect, in a spirit of fun and joyful expression, through the universal language of music and dance. 

Thursday, 8 September

Pinhole are a quirky Irish-based band, brandishing the “alternative” flag but deliberately skating over genre boundaries with the result that they stand alone in their unique sound. At the outbreak of Covid they were on the verge of releasing their debut album and their song “Better Than One” was RTE single of the week. The subsequent album launch and Irish/UK tour was cancelled. Their first EP “Between the Babies and the Birds” was played extensively on 2FM, Today FM and Newstalk.  They have appeared on the infamous Other Voices TV series. Their tangential approach to song writing has been likened to being “in a dark fairytale.” It is refreshingly new and addressing topical issues. From delicate melodies to raw mayhem, they take you on a roller coaster journey of the senses. They have been likened to a reinvented Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes and Portishead to name a few… 

Séamus Harty
Friday 9 September

Séamus Harty is a singer songwriter from Tralee in second year attending BIMM music college in Dublin. He has been busking and gigging around Ireland since he was just 15 from Grafton Street and Shop Street to most recently the Listowel Writer’s Week. Harty will be releasing his own music for the first time this year having spent the last few years writing and accumulating music. 

Harty’s biggest musical influences have been Ray Charles, Paolo Nutini and Bill Withers. His music blends genres of blues, folk and soul.  

DJ Brentwestoke
Thursday, 15 September

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Music in the Courtyard featuring DJ Brentwestoke is cancelled on Thursday, 15 September.

DJ Brentwestoke takes on the decks in our iconic Courtyard. DJ Brentwestoke has not taken to the decks in many years, and we are delighted to host his return to the dance floor. We will have some 70s and 80s classics blasting in the Courtyard and we guarantee everyone will be up and dancing. 

The Ritz Brothers
Friday, 16 September

The Ritz Brothers Café Theatre Band perform musical antics, from room to room, table to table, and courtyard to courtyard. These troubadours have residency in Bewley’s Theatre Grafton Street, where they enchant their audiences with song, stories and theatrical charm.
Join The Ritz Brothers in the IMMA Courtyard, for a magical musical evening of surprises from the juke box of your heart, where every song will stir a memory, and a new moment of emotion and laughter.

The New Brass Kings
Thursday, 22 September

After the success of their gig with us in July, The New Brass Kings returns for second evening of Music in the Courtyard! They bring guaranteed fun and good times. Playing well known hits that will put a smile on any face and get people dancing and in a great mood. The band features Trumpet, Trombone, Alto and Tenor Sax, Sousaphone, and a percussionist with a harness mounted setup. 

DJ Nigel Wood
Friday, 23 September

Come and celebrate Culture Night at IMMA. Enjoy listening to Wood’s contemporary World Music collection, in the scenic architectural setting of the IMMA courtyard. Join us to relax to soulful tunes and to have a dance to the rhythms and sounds from the whole world!