The live music calendar is about to hot up with a sizzling series of gigs lined up at the Nerve Centre over the next month.
Set to bookend the month of May at the venue is a mouthwatering Bank Holiday weekend of performances from The Billy Doherty Rambling Band, Goons and The 4 of Us as part of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, followed by Irish superstars Hudson Taylor on Friday, May 29.
As the backbone of The Undertones for over 30 years, Billy Doherty needs no introduction. Now the veteran drummer has given all your familiar favourites, from ‘Teenage Kicks’ (recently voted NI’s best song in 50 years) to ‘Here Comes The Summer’, an Irish trad makeover with the help of his Rambling Band.
Playing the Nerve Centre on Thursday, April 30, the quintet bring a party atmosphere wherever they go performing foot-stomping renditions of Undertones classics alongside folk staples and rousing originals, with All Ireland flute and whistles champion Ciaran O’Carolan and classically trained fiddler Robert Peoples among their seasoned ranks.
Recently voted one of the Top Ten Irish Bands of All Time, The 4 of Us then celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special all-seated acoustic show on Saturday, May 2.
With founding brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy captivating audiences on recent shows across the country, expect to hear all the hits from ‘Mary’ and ‘She Hits Me’ to ‘Drag My Bad Name Down’ and brand new songs from Sugar Island, the band’s first album in nine years.
In between on Friday, May 1 is the highly anticipated Derry debut of Goons, a band formed from the ashes of local rock scene favourites Fighting With Wire and LaFaro. Having already sold out Belfast’s Limelight earlier this year, NI music-lovers will be eager to get their first taste of the supergroup.
The close of the month sees ‘Chasing Rubies’ duo Hudson Taylor play the 14+ show that was added to their upcoming Irish tour due to unprecedented demand. Having continued their rise to stardom since the release of their debut album in March, fans won’t want to pass up their only chance to catch the Dublin brothers in the North West this year.
Tickets for all upcoming gigs at the Nerve Centre are on sale now from the venue box office and www.nervecentre.org.