Dublin Sessions

Number Twenty Two

Welcome to Number Twenty Two

Number Twenty Two

22 South Anne St,
Dublin 2. D02 CH94

tel: +353 1 707 9899

our website: www.numbertwentytwo.ie

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Number Twenty Two

Behind the blue door at Number Twenty Two, South Anne Street, Dublin 2 is the Theatre of Varieties, a unique and exclusive venue that combines the Library bar, restaurant, club and theatre.

What’s on at Number Twenty Two …

Dublin Town…The Show

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A journey through Dublins Secrets


Stories told and secrets shared through traditional Irish music and dance.
A Spectacular new Irish show in the heart of Dublin city centre.
The vibrant and hospitable cast welcomes the audience as new friends as only the Irish know how and shares with them an unforgettable night of music, dancing and craic set in one of the most historic, medieval and spectacular venues in Dublin, NumberTwenty Two.
Sing along to some Dublin favourites including: Molly Malone, Dicey Riley, Rare Aul times, Whiskey In The Jar and enjoy  performances from our world class Irish dancers that will have your feet tapping all night long!
Feast on a sumptuous 3 course meal…fit for a high king or queen in our luxurious theatre space.

Booking & Tickets

Available 7 days a week.
Doors 6PM | Seated for Dinner 6.30PM | Show starts 7.45PM

3 course dinner & Show €54.95pp – View our sample menu here.
Show only €25pp.
Private hire available upon request. Enquiries: [email protected].

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The Library Bar

The library bar is a sanctuary it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Grafton st. Sit by the blazing and soak up the atmosphere,  Lunch is served daily from 12pm-4pm with a la carte and scrumptious bar bites also available. Enjoy live entertainment from 8pm every Friday and Saturday.


Number Twenty Two also has a talented culinary team who will be serving delectable food and exceptional cocktails from 12pm daily. Lunch will be served in the Library bar from 12-4pm, a la carte menu will be available in the main room and the Library Bar from 5pm until 11pm Weds-Sat and a bar bites menu will also be available for guests from 12pm until very late daily.

Theatre Club

MASQUERADE and SPECTACLE at Number Twenty Two, late night Theatre club doors open at 11pm every Saturday with the first performance to take place from 11:30pm. VIP tables can pre-booked online with different priced packages. Over 26’s welcome.

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Thursday 27th April ... FRANKIE GAVIN & DE DANNAN

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Millions around the world can recognize a fierce, rip-roaring set of traditional jigs or reels when they hear it. But Frankie Gavin and De Dannan bring something different and unique to today’s audiences. Sure, they play furious jigs and reels – it’s always been one of the band’s trademarks, but their music now has other very special qualities. Their choice of material, arrangements and style of playing combine powerfully to set traditional Irish music in a wider cultural context. What other line-up infuses this inherited music with such a wide range of influences – from gypsy jazz to contemporary pop music, and from mainstream European classical music, to sentimental Irish-American ballads?
Doors: 7pm Tickets: Dinner & Show €55 | Show Only €25 (plus booking fees)

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  • The band’s latest recordings, the CD Jigs and Jazz II (2013) and their 2014 single, which pairs Handel’s The Queen Of Sheba with Paul Mc Cartney’s Calico Skies, are perfect illustrations of the fusion of sounds and influences you will hear at a live gig.

    It is this special blend which enables Frankie Gavin and De Dannan to thrill audiences wherever they perform – from Sochi Music Festival before the Winter Olympics to a state dinner for President Micheal D. Higgins, and not forgetting their several White House performances for American presidents, all the while maintaining close contact with their roots: many of the band’s home gigs are in bars, hotels and theatres across Ireland.
    By any standard, theirs is a remarkable achievement, made possible by the genius and vision of Frankie Gavin himself and by the commitment and musical skill of each member of the band.


    • Frankie Gavin – fiddle, flute and whistle
    • Barry Brady – accordion
    • Bernadine Casserly – vocals
    • Dan Bodwell – double bass and vocals
    • Colm O’Caoimh – guitar and vocals

    Experiencing this twenty-first century line-up live will change your view of Irish music. It may even change your life!


    FRANKIE GAVIN – b.1956, is a fiddle player of traditional Irish music from County Galway coming from a musical family; parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As the age of 4 he strated playing the tin whistle and, later, the flute, making his first T.V. appearance three years later.

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    He received some formal training in music, but his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught. When 17 years old, he gained first place in both the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions.

    Mainly learning by ear, he was strongly influenced by the 78 recordings of Michael Coleman and James Morrison. In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galways’s Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki/guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggot (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) MaDonagh (Bodhrán). This led to the formation of De Dannan in 1973. His Currandulla connection came in useful when De Danann were looking for a singer, and it was he who came up with Dolores Keane from nearby Cahirlistrane. When De Danann brought out their first album, her singing of The Rambling Irishman gained a lot of airplay for the group. Although De Danann has had many highpoints over a quarter of a century, particularly with the singing of Dolores Keane and Maura O’Connell and the box playing of Mairtin O’Connor, Frankie’s powerful virtuoso fiddle playing has always been at the core of the De Dannan sound.

    Frankie has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums, and three collaborations: one a tribute to Joe Cooley entitled ‘Omos do JoeCooley’ with Paul Brock; a fine collaboration with fellow De Dannan member Alec Finn; and one with Stephane Grapelli exploring the languages of jazz and traditional music. He has also guested with The Rolling Stones on their ‘Voodoo Lounge’ album, with Keith Richards on ‘Wingless Angels’ and with Earl Scruggs the great banjo man. Exposure to American audiences began in 1976 when he played with De Danann at the American bicentennial celebrations in Washington DC, with artists such as Junior Crehan and Micho Russell. Frankie has also been invited to play for numerous State officials including President John F. Kennedy on historic visit to Ireland in 1962, French president Francois Mitterand and England’s Prince Charles. Of a special event in America, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith is reported to have commented that “The best all ’round performance of the entire week at Kennedy Center was by DeDannan.” 2009 saw Frankie Gavin back on the road and with a new De Dannan line up which which introduced Michelle Lally on vocals, and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

    BARRY BRADY – has had many influences on his music over the years, from instruments such as fiddles and uilleann pipes to musical genres like baroque music and jazz. These influences have shaped the music that he plays today. Having started on melodeon Barry progressed to B/C system which he played for 13 years before again changing to C#/D system which he has been playing for the last 9 years. With the two Irish accordion systems and his love of fiddle music, Barry takes the best of both worlds to create his own unique style based off of punchy rhythm and sleek ornamentation.

    BERNADINE CASSERLY – is the new singer in Frankie’s De Dannan. The young Frenchpark native is a former ‘Roscommon’s Got Talent’ winner and is well-known as a wedding singer all over the West of Ireland. However, her career has moved up several notches since Christmas 2014 after she joined the band as our lead vocalist. Bernadine’s predecessors as lead vocalist with De Dannan include Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley. Now she is gigging with us around the country and internationally. She still sings at weddings and continues to work at the local crèche in Frenchpark.

    DANIEL BODWELL – studied classical double bass at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and jazz double bass at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen. He is a founder member of the New York based Micah Gaugh Trio with Kevin Shea. In Ireland, he has played with, amongst many, Louis Stewart, Mary Coughlan, and Michael Buckley, and has toured internationally with the Crash Ensemble. He currently performs with Mary Coughlan, Duke Special, Declan O’Rourke, the Nigel Mooney Quartet, the Francesco Turrisi Trio, Julie Feeney, the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Quiet Music Ensemble, the Irish Composer’s Collective, and the Crash Ensemble, with whom he has premiered new works by Donnacha Dennehy featuring Iarla O Lionaird and Dawn Upshaw.

    Recent recordings include Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘That the Night Come’, Ian Wilson’s ‘Double Trio’, Francesco Turrisi’s ‘Si Dolce e il Tormento’, Nina Hyne’s ‘Goldmine’, ‘Linley Hamilton Quartet’, David Lyttle’s ‘True Story’, Vyvienne Long’s ‘Caterpillar Sarabande’, the ‘Bremer Stadtimmigranten Orchester’, Mary Coughlan’s ’25th Anniversary’, and the Dubliners 40th Anniversary.

    COLM O’CAOIMH – has been a huge presence on the Kilkenny music scene in recent years and is a founding member of Caladh Nua who have burst onto the Irish music trail with two exciting albums “Happy Days” and “Next Stop”. His solidly imaginative playing and delicate finger-style is described as being both the backbone and powerhouse of Caladh Nua.

    The mediaeval city of Kilkenny is synonymous with the meeting of culture and tradition. It was here; in an artistically nurturing environment that Colm O’Caoimh took his first tentative steps in music through classical piano and violin. But it was his intrinsic passion and love for Irish music that eventually drew Colm to the guitar.

    Through a distinctive and unfaltering style influenced by guitarists such as Jim Murray and John Blake, his abilities were soon in popular demand both as a live performer and a studio session player. As an accomplished pianist and bassist, Colm is a regular guest of the trail-blazing Jeremy Hickey of RSAG (Rarely Seen Above Ground). He has also teamed up with fellow Kilkenny-man Mick McCauley and New York’s Winifred Horan, both of Solas fame, to record their debut album “Sailing Back To You” and with whom he has performed and toured extensively.

    Colm has re-defined the guitar accompaniment of Irish Music, bringing to it influences of Jazz and swing, all the while grounding the music with his own unique driving, earthy rhythm. Coupling that with the subtleties of his numerous finger picking styles, it is widely believed that Colm is one of the most versatile and talented guitarists in any genre of music today.


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Thursday 11th May ... DERVISH

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DERVISH released their eagerly awaited first studio album in 5 years entitled “The Thrush in the Storm” in 2015. The album reflects DERVISH’s dedication to Ireland’s rich music tradition and in particular to their Sligo music roots and contains many new tunes and songs with an innovative Dervish style.
DERVISH completed a sell-out tour of the US for the album’s launch and have been touring there since. The album had its US launch at a special function in Boston in association with the WGBH Public Broadcasting organisation in America where it was hailed by fans as their best yet.
Doors: 7pm Tickets: Dinner & Show €55 | Show Only €25 (plus booking fees)

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  • Their US Coast to Coast tour finished in The Lincoln Theatre, University of Hartford, Connecticut. DERVISH released “The Thrush in the Storm” in Ireland and Europe before heading to the UK for a tour.


    Dervish is one of the leading Irish bands on the Folk/ Roots circuit worldwide. Their 24 year journey has taken them to thousands of venues in over 30 countries; sharing festival bills with everyone from Beck to James Brown, Oasis, Sting, REM and from Neil Young to Iron Maiden; playing tunes at the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the Wailing Wall and playing to an audience of 240,000 people at the biggest rock music festival in the world “Rock in Rio.”


    Their innovative approach to Irish traditional music, while remaining respectful and loyal to the tradition, has won them critical acclaim internationally as well as many industry awards.

    Dervish’s creative input has been much in demand of late and they completed the music for the 8-week series currently on ITV called “James Nesbitt’s Ireland”; music from their new album also featured in the Irish movie “Calvary” starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O Dowd and Kelly Reilly.

    Dervish signed a three-year publishing deal last year with Bucks Music Publishing in London where they now join a high profile publishing roster that includes Ed Sheeran, Brian Eno and other music business legends.


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