We recently had the privilege of checking out the Spirit of Folk Festival Semi-final competition at Whelan's in Dublin City Center.
We arrived early and took a wander around the venue which included a gaudily wallpapered upstairs complete with Jesus motif.
We grabbed ourselves a Guinness and staked out a spot near the stage.
We caught 5 different acts for just 10 EUR. We could have stayed longer but decided to call it a night early since I was feeling under the weather.
We enjoyed the musical stylings of:
1.The Cujo Family - Grizzled and bluesy, these guys got us warmed up for the evening.
3. Vickers Vimy gave an energetic performance.
4. Garr Cleary - Emotional and expressive. My favorite of the festival. Garr's songs, sung with just a single acoustic guitar accompaniment, brought a tear to my eye.
5. My Fellow Sponges - Quirky, ethereal, and just plain fun.