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Downtown Manhattan Minimize

Downtown Manhattan, the home of the Blues in Dublin, Ireland, so called after Peter Moore's song about the goin's on at a late nite café of the same name in Dublin City, haunted in the early hours by bands after their gigs. The song, recorded by the International Blues Band, describes a Saturday night trek from McDaids through the night clubs and streets of Dublin ending at Auntie Mays (Manhattan Café).

Manhattan Café
23 Harcourt Road, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 (0)1 4752779
Tip: The door is always closed, knock.

McDaid's
3 Harry Street, Dublin.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 6794395
McDaid's is one of Dublin's famous literary pubs as it was Brendan Behan's "Local" and also the haunt of Patrick Kavanagh, Brian Ó Nualain (two of his many pseudonyms - Flann O'Brien or Myles na gCopaleen), J.P. Donleavy and Liam O'Flaherty. It's a fine pub and serves a great pint of the "Black Stuff" - it's your only man!

  
John "Irish" Earle, Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis Minimize
 

John Earle passed away to his reward on the 7th May at his home in Rathmines, Dublin. He will be sadly missed on the music scene, not only for his contribution to popular music with bands like Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Graham Parker Band, and Thin Lizzy to mention only a few, but also for his infectious love of music, his lovely character and gentle nature.

John was a great travel companion and he entertained me many times with his wild and often hilarious stories about his adventures on the road. I consider myself privileged not only to have heard him perform live but also to have known and worked with him.

This YouTube video shows John at the height of his career performing live on stage with Thin Lizzy. Here's to John and Phil, now forever Dancing in the Moonlight.

His funeral takes place at 10am Tuesday 13th May at Ballyroan Church. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis(may his devoted soul be at God's right hand).

  
Why Downtown Manhattan? Minimize
 

Why Downtown Manhattan? The home of the Blues in Dublin, Ireland, so called after Peter Moore's song about the goin's on at a late nite café of the same name in Dublin City, haunted in the early hours by bands after their gigs. The song, recorded by the International Blues Band, describes a Saturday night trek from McDaids through the night clubs and streets of Dublin ending at Auntie Mays (Manhattan Café).

Come gather round ye souls of soul
and clammer ‘board my train
follow me to the promised land 
of profecy and pain
heed not the clarion 
of calm and wiser things
to flop and mop on the streets of green
in search of flightless wings
but cast your eyes on treasures gold
in the words that do ensue
and find your guide to all that is
and ever can be called the blues
 

Blues Night, Peter Moore Singer / Songwriter with the International Blues Band, in good form at the Dublin Blues Festival. Photo by Ray McManus from The Irish Times

  
Ireland's Bluesman, Don Baker Minimize

Has Dublin got the Blues? ..... you'd better believe it! 

Check out Ireland's legendary Blues Man, musician, Harp maestro and Actor Don Baker. Here you will find Real Audio Tracks, Harmonica Tutorial Books, information about his movies, upcoming Concerts and more.

  
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