Take Me to Odessa: The Revelator Orchestra, Kevin Nolan, Rob Doyle, Cait O’Riordan and Swords play Dublin’s Odessa during February

February spoils Dublin based music fans with gigs in Odessa

Dublin based band Swords emerge from writing- hibernation on Feb 12th for a one- off headline show in Odessa for "HomeBeat Presents: The Last Mixed Tape's 1st Birthday".

Dublin based band Swords emerge from writing- hibernation on Feb 12th for a one- off headline show in Odessa for “HomeBeat Presents: The Last Mixed Tape’s 1st Birthday”.

WITH the January blues gradually subsiding and the pockets of the average Irish person a little fuller than was the case during the first half of January, February is already serving up a host of gigs for Irish music fans.

Novelist Peter Murphy brings Revelator Orchestra to Odessa with Kevin Nolan, Rob Doyle, Cait O'Riordan and more in tow.

Novelist Peter Murphy brings Revelator Orchestra to Odessa with Kevin Nolan, Rob Doyle, Cait O’Riordan and more in tow.

This week at the Dame Court venue, on Thursday February 5th @8pm, novelist and journalist Peter Murphy brings his Revelator Orchestra to Odessa with a fleet of special guests: singer- songwriter and poet Kevin Nolan, whose début album Fredrick & The Golden Dawn was one of the better releases from Irish artists in 2014; Rob Doyle, author of Here are the Young Men; and former Pogues bassist Cait O’Riordan. More guests to be announced.

On Thursday 12th February, Dublin based trio Swords emerge from writing- hibernation for a one- off show Odessa as part of “The Last Mixtape’s 1st Birthday”. What’s more, the trio have served up a fully- mastered, live cover of Portishead’s dirge ‘Glory Box’, recorded at a live show at Derry’s Smalltown America Records. The cover of the Bristol trio’s genre- defining, trip- hop classic is fitting, given that Swords have been undoubtedly influenced by Beth Gibbons and Co. Still very much feeling in festive spirits, Swords have dropped the cover as a free stream and download on YouTube, DropBox and SoundCloud.

TONIGHT: Dave Lordan launches new collection Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains with a little help from Kevin Nolan, Rob Doyle, Sarah Clancy and Karl Parkinson

TONIGHT: Poet Dave Lordan launches Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains, his third collection of poems. The launch takes place upstairs in Toner’s Bar, Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Get lost: Dave Lordan launches Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains, his third collection of poems, tonight in Toner's of Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Get lost: Dave Lordan launches Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains, his third collection of poems, tonight in Toner’s of Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Dr. Philip Coleman, Director of M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas (2013-15) and Literary Arts Officer at Trinity College Dublin and author of the recent John Berryman’s Public Vision, introduces the work Lordan’s latest title.

Dublin poet and musician Kevin Nolan, whose excellent record Frederick & The Golden Dawn was released in September, plays a six song set, along with music from Catherine Simpson of Huegrass.

Novelist Rob Doyle and poets Sarah Clancy and Karl Parkinson will also read and Parkinson is also MC for the evening.

To whet your appetite here’s the video for Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains, shot on location.