Over the last few months, many concerts have taken place at Dolan’s. As a musician can bring along its audience, so too can an audience bring the musician.
Dolan’s offers four different types of venues, from the small and intimate Dolan’s upstairs to the huge Big Top. Each of these places makes the artist comfortable and confident and helps him to create the warm atmosphere that makes the event memorable.
This is echoed by Lisa Canny, who recently played at Dolan’s and after the gig said, “Having a space you like being in, allows you to be at your best. If you like your surroundings, you’ll feel comfortable there. Once you are comfortable you can create and perform at your best. Your audience will feel it too.”
Testament to the success of Dolan’s is the intimate and warm environment that Mick and Valerie, the owners, create every night.
“They look after local and visiting acts with such care, and it’s a lovely touch that they’re happy to regale customers with stories of the bar’s history,” said Lisa Canny.
She also highlights the venues to match every gig with the right place. “Between the Kasbah, the warehouse, upstairs and the front bar the musical and comedic selection on offer all year round makes Dolan’s a national treasure. They draw crowds from home and abroad on a nightly basis, and from an artist point of view you’re almost always guaranteed a room of appreciative listening ears,” she said.
The Bell X1 concert is a massive gig that took place a few weeks ago at Big Top, the biggest music venue in Limerick placed in the iconic Milk Market. Here the crowd dance and sing together as though they already knew each other.
The peak of the night is during the ballad Eve. It’s a very intimate and intense moment and for a while everyone feels better.
“It’s very comfortable listening to this song every time I’m at a Bell X1 gig. It brings me back in time,” said a lady right after the first chorus of the song. “It’s incredible that this song came out more than ten years ago, but every time I listen to it I always have the same feeling” she added.
Even if the genre of the music played is different, the audience come together regardless of musical taste, which doesn’t mean that the audience behave in the same way every night, but means that the music is never just a soundtrack.
During a recent interview with Neil Dolan, son of Mick and Valerie, he said, “twenty-one years ago, when my family opened the pub, nobody’d have thought that in a couple of decades, acts as Primal Scream, Damien Rice, Snow Patrol… would have played there”. Neil is totally aware that the most important musical events are taking place in Dolan’s Warehouse and he’s proud and enthusiastic about that.