Reporter Yash Sanghvi attended The Acoustic Club held in Charlie Malone’s bar in Limerick city, which provides a unique performance outlet to the up-and-coming musicians of Limerick – and beyond.
Dominic Taylor always dreamt of a stage where both starting-out and seasoned musicians could come and perform in Limerick – The Acoustic Club provides local, independent and nationally touring musicians with just that.
Non-profit and completely volunteer-operated, The Acoustic Club takes place every Tuesday at 9pm in Charlie Malone’s Bar on Wolfe Tone Street.
According to Dominic, who also runs the Limerick Writers’ Centre which is in association with The Acoustic Club: “This club is a one of it’s kind in Ireland – and even the U.K”.
The Acoustic Club’s story began eight years ago starting off at the White House Bar, and the progressing onto various pubs, before finding a home in Charlie Malone’s.
“Charlie Malone’s has really been the best for us here, as we have the support of the bar which we always didn’t have in the other venues,” says Dominic.
“This is what contributes massively to the success of The Acoustic Club.”
Also contributing to its success are the large numbers of singer/songwriters that volunteer, along with the presence of special guests, such as Shawn O’Connor and Pat Mulcahy, who both recently performed at the venue.
According to MC Eugene Nolan: “What makes this event truly spectacular is that from time to time we do have people from various countries and even those who may have seen us on the internet come down to join our sessions.
“We started here at Charlie Malone’s two years ago and it was pretty slow in the start but as word began going around our problem turned into getting people to leave the pub at close!”
“The only thing we do not see much of are students, and we would truly be happy to host everyone who wishes to perform”, he said.
For those looking to learn how to write songs or perform, more information can be found on ‘The Acoustic Club’ Facebook page. If you wish to play, contact Dominic at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a spot or turn up on the night.