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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
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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 July we look forward to intimate performance from acts such as  Emileo, The New Brass Kings, Úna Keane 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.

Slow Moving Clouds
Friday 24 June

Slow Moving Clouds are a Dublin-based post-folk band. Their music is an organic mix of the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with baroque strings and post-rock influences.

On Starfall, band’s second album, their folk roots merged with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work.  In 2019 Slow Moving Clouds toured in the UK with Jenny Lewis and opened for Feist at the Sounds From a Safe Harbour in Cork.

Other recent highlights include performing at The Brighton Festival 2019, PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin 2018; Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National) 2017; the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi); Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala); and at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival.

In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds (with band’s original fiddle player Danny Diamond) created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands.

DJ Nigel Wood
Friday, 1 July

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. 

The Ritz Brothers
Friday, 8 July

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.

Thursday, 14 July

Emileo is a recipient of the Sinéad O’Connor scholarship from BIMM Dublin where she is currently studying songwriting. She is now living in the heart of Temple Bar and released her debut EP ‘Lord of the Fish` in the summer of 2021.

Emileo performed at the Ireland Music Week 2021 and was chosen by the radio stations 98 FM and Spin Southwest as one of their artists for the Irish Music Month. Emileo has been supporting artists like Tori Amos, Mundy or Tolü Makay and has performed at renown Irish venues, such as the Olympia Theatre, Whelan’s, Vicar Street or the G in Dublin, as well as at the famous Róisín Dubh in Galway and the Opera House in Cork. She recently completed a course in Classical Indian Vocal Singing in Jaipur, India, for which she got a scholarship from the German government in order to support her curiosity and affection for different music cultures. 

The New Brass Kings
Thursday, 21 July

The New Brass Kings 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.

Úna Keane
Friday, 22 July

Úna Keane brings her particular brand of ambient neoclassicism to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Together with her 100-year-old Steck baby grand piano, she will enrapture and transport the audience, a truly immersive experience to be enjoyed in our 17th century courtyard. 


Navà Band
Thursday, 28 July

Local band Navà, is a group of young Dublin musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia.

Dublin based four-piece Navà explores the relationship between the traditional musical cultures of Ireland and Iran. Iranian-born brothers Shahab Coohe on santoor and Shayan Coohe on percussion and the tar are joined by folk and bluegrass musicians, Niall Hughes, one of Ireland’s most versatile and creative bass players, and ever-popular banjo player Paddy Kiernan.

Carol Ann Flanagan
Friday, 29 July

Carol-Ann Flanagan has international experience performing as a singer and in shows throughout numerous European countries including Germany where she resided for many years and worked with some of the top names in the Jazz scene and music industry. Since returning to Ireland she has performed in various venues, clubs, festivals and has actively organised live music and performing arts shows, singing versions of some of the most well- known and loved Jazz songs, adding a quality and edge all her own.