24 December 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through Dame Street,
Not a creature was stirring, except for Liam Ó Maonlaí, Steve Wall and Glen Hansard.

Yup, eighteen year old me would have been pretty blown away to be spending Christmas Eve with The Hothouse Flowers, The Frames and The Stunning, and thirty-eight year old me was pretty impressed too.

All that was missing was Dave Fanning's dulcet tones between each song.

The lads were down busking for an hour or two this afternoon in solidarity with #OccupyDameStreet, and raising money for The Simon Community, and all in all a good time was had by all. Damian Dempsey dropped by last night as well, adding a little more festive cheer to help drive way the winter blues.

As you tuck into your holiday turduckens tomorrow and figure out new ways to torment your relatives while waiting for Dr Who to begin, spare a thought for the fine folks camping over on Dame Street this year. Or better yet, drop by with a mince pie or a nice bit of crimbo pudding.

Sure what else is open on Christmas Day?

Steve Wall, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Glen Hansard tune up
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 24th December
Liam Ó Maonlaí in full-on Sean-nós mode
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 24th December
Liam Ó Maonlaí, Steve Wall and Glen Hansard brewing up a storm on Dame Street
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 24th December
Liam Ó Maonlaí and Glen Hansard sit back and watch some of the younger lads have a go.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 24th December
Surprised passers-by get their Christmas Eve unexpectedly brightened up.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Saturday 24th December

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