Over four nights, beginning in winter 2023 and ending in spring 2024, An Táin Arts Centre and The Spirit Store are collaborating to bring you COLLIDE, a series of late night events in which an eclectic mix of Irish musicians will take to the stage of The Spirit Store, Dundalk’s premiere music venue, with support from the best local talent the North East has to offer and produced by an Táin Arts Centre.

14th December 2023 | 10pm | The Bonk with support from Clara Tracey

The Bonk is an experimental music project led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Philip Christie. Taking elliptical rhythms and repetitive ritualistic wordplay as a framework, the group uses improvisation to explore the fringes of traditional forms. Their lives shows have become increasingly in demand “The Bonk are one of Irelands most interesting and experimental outfits today” – The Thin Air . The Bonk will be supported by Clara Tracey, Fermanagh Born songstress who cut her teeth performing jazz in Parisian cafes and released her debut album Black Forest in 2022 to great critical acclaim.

8th February 2024 | 10pm | The Altered Hours with support from Alice Robinson

The Altered Hours are a Cork based rock band whose music explores vast psychedelic spaces, immediate post-punk tones, repetitive rhythms and propelling structures Over the past few years the 5 piece have been headlining tours in the UK & Europe, creating what some journalists have described as a ‘cult-like’ status. The Altered Hour will be supported by local singer songwriter Alice Robinson who creates lyrical vocabularies which critically explore themes of inequality and resistance. Her vocal style drifts, often uneasily, between an intimate tenderness and passionate wrath.

7th March 2024 | 10pm | John Blek and David Kitt Double Bill

Cork City born and bred singer-songwriter John Blek’s latest album ‘Until the River’s Run Dry” recorded in 2022, is his most substantial and sophisticated record to date. The soaring strings often evoke a Spektor-esq sound, chamber pop backing vocals full of indie spirit paired with a blend of electronic and acoustic drums lead us into a new sonic realm but the heart of the record is Blek’s profound and poetic alt-folk song-writing.

David Kitt is a genre-bending Irish musician and producer. He has announced his ninth studio album ‘Idiot Check’ set for release on 31 March 2023 via RE:WARM.

A unique and sincere songwriter with an expert ability to meld inspirations, eras and sounds, Kitt’s music glimmers with a sense of timelessness well-earned after over twenty years immersed in music.  Set to land next Spring, his ninth studio album ‘Idiot Check’ sees the artist tap into a diverse range of influences once more, emerging as an ambient and atmospheric record that puts an eclectic experimental spin on traditional folk music.

28th March 2024 | 10pm | Joshua Burnside with support from Sophie Coyle

Joshua Burnside is an experimental folk songwriter, singer and producer. He takes influence from alternative electronica and Irish traditional song heritages, chopping and blending them with a mixture of found sounds, world music and unorthodox production methods. “Joshua Burnside is the best songwriter in Ireland right now, and probably beyond” – Phil Taggart, Sirius XM “He creates a world and lets us live in it for a while… He’s like going to the theatre” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. Joshua Burnside will be supported on the night by Galway native, Dundalk Based singer-songwriter Sophie Coyle. Sophie Coyle delivers stories carved in her own lore, conjured by her own unique lyrical dynamism. Following up her critically acclaimed first album, she launches her second album “Cuentista” with a nationwide tour in April 2024.

 Paul Hayes Director of An Táin Arts Centre says “We were delighted to receive funding from the Late-Night Events programme by the Arts Council of Ireland, so that we can partner with the Spirit Store. It has been a goal of ours since establishing An Táin Arts Centre, 9.5 years ago to work with the Spirit Store who we admire greatly. This funding allows us to support a host of top eclectic Irish artists and local artists who will showcase their talent in support slots. This is a new departure for An Táin Arts Centre and one that we are very much looking forward to.”

Derek Turner of The Spirit Store Says about the partnership, “Given the strength of Arts, Music  & Culture in Dundalk and the publics renewed energy for attending events this is a perfect opportunity for the Spirit Store and An Táin Arts Centre to work together on improving the standards of what we can both offer to the late night economy in the area.  We look forward to presenting these four events and to establishing a closer relationship with An Táin Arts Centre in the future.”

Collide is a late-night collaboration, produced by An Táin Arts Centre in association with The Spirit Store, supported by the Late-Night Events Programme from the Arts Council of Ireland in partnership with Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.

COLLIDE will take place at The Spirit Store over four nights, 14th December 8th February 7th March and 28th of March. Doors open at 9:30pm with the performance starting at 10pm and tickets cost €50 + €1.50 Booking Fee for a Season Ticket or €15 + 1.50 per performance.

Tickets are available from both An Táin Arts Centre over the phone at 042 9332332 or online at www.antain.ie or from The Spirit Store at 042 935 2697 or online https://spiritstore.ie/