Ireland, for such a little country, boasts an extraordinary musical legacy; having produced some of the greatest and most influential musical acts the world has seen, nurtured a thriving ancient folk music tradition throughout centuries, and still today makes a remarkable impact on the international music scene. Stroll through the capital on a free musical tour and discover the remarkable importance of music to Dublin and Ireland, taking in the sights, sounds, songs and stories of this most musical city.
Your Musical Dublin Free Tour guide is a bona fide local musician and balladeer who will sing, play tunes and take you on a fascinating journey through the story of music in Ireland - how it played a vital role in constructing a national identity, reflected the social, political, and cultural happenings of the times, and drove a cultural reawakening. You'll even learn a song or two to sing along the way, if you like.
You'll discover the stories behind some of our much loved musicians, from the blind bard of the liberties 'Zozimus' to Phil 'the Rocker' Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame, U2, and Rory Gallagher, to our native traditional music & song and the likes of The Dubliners and Planxty, get first-hand insight to the new folk music revival currently happening in the city, and visit musically important sites including The Music Wall of Fame, former U2 rehearsal studios, Phil Lynott statue, Rory Gallagher Corner, Fishamble Street (where Handel first performed his famous Classical oratorio Messiah), The Icon Walk, and much more.
Our meeting point is just at the foot of the famous Ha’Penny bridge, at the corner of Bachelor’s walk and lower Liffey street, on the north side of the river Liffey which runs through Dublin City. The Ha'penny Bridge is a well-known landmark, an old white cast iron pedestrian bridge, so you'll easily find it when walking along the river, on a map, Google maps, or just ask anyone on the street to point you in the right direction.
You will see our guides with light-blue T-shirts, name-cards and blue umbrellas right in front of The Grand Social venue at 35 Liffey Street Lower.
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