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Limerick’s Electric Guitar Hotspots: A Musician’s Guide



Limerick’s Electric Guitar Hotspots: A Musician’s Guide. Giving a tour of the city’s guitar hotspots for electric guitar fans

Limerick’s Electric Guitar Hotspots: A Musician’s Guide, a tour of the city’s most exhilarating guitar spots

Introduction: Strumming Along the Shannon

Welcome to Limerick, a city where the River Shannon flows and guitar chords echo. It’s a secretive sweet spot for electric guitar fans, where the air hums with musical power. Whether your passion lies in a sleek electric guitar or you are more of an old-school sort, Limerick’s streets and alleys hide musical secrets waiting to be uncovered. Let’s embark on this melodious tour of the city’s most exhilarating guitar spots together.

Steamboat Music: A Treasure Trove for Gearheads

Steamboat Music is a kind of Aladdin’s Cave for guitarists who wander in. Sitting on Steamboat Quay, this store is gorgeous with its array of musical instruments and spares. Every item, from the state-of-the-art Yamaha electric guitar to rare vintage finds, has a story. Fellow musicians themselves, the staff is always ready to pass advice or change stories. Steamboat Music is a haven for every string-lover, whether you are in search of a new guitar or just window shopping.

Dolan’s Warehouse: Where Music Lives

Step into Dolan’s Warehouse, and you’ll enter a world where music is the king. This legendary venue, located on Dock Road, has hosted more guitar solos and riffs than arguably anywhere else in Ireland. But what is special about Dolan is the atmosphere. Soaking in musical history, the walls have seen everything from dusty blues to electric rock. Dolan’s isn’t a place; it is a musical haven for any guitarist worth their salt.


The Record Room: Vinyl and Vibes

It smoothly combines the love for vinyl records with live music excitement. It just oozes cool, an easy-going ambience that encourages you to relax. As you get lost in the soothing sounds of a guitar, engulfed by an incredible stack of records, the whole world seems to cease to exist. It is a spot where music and friendship are intertwined.

Limerick's Electric Guitar Hotspots: A Musician's Guide, a tour of the city’s most exhilarating guitar spots

University of Limerick: Cultivating Talent

The University of Limerick is not merely a place of education; it’s a school for musical development. The music department of the university is known to have state-of-the-art studios that attract guitarists not only from all over Ireland but worldwide as well. Regular workshops, masterclasses and performances make the campus a lively music centre. It’s a place where budding guitarists can mature, surrounded by like-minded peers and inspiring mentors.

Bobby Byrne’s: Pub Grub and Guitar Strums

Culinary delights meet musical treats at Bobby Byrne’s on O’Connell Avenue. This pub is quite cosy and very popular with both locals and tourists. On any random evening, the flavour of electric guitars melded with vigorous conversations produces an undeniably warm ambience. It is not all about the music; it’s about the memories that have been made in this enchanting place.

Cruises Street: Street Performers’ Stage

At first glance, Cruises Street appears to be a busy throughway until an unexpected musical moment emerges. Street performers with guitars in their hands turn this area into an open-air concert. This energy is contagious as each of the guitarists brings their own special twist to the city’s music. It is a reminder of the raw, uncut talent that flourishes in Limerick’s lanes.

Tait Clock Tower: Historic Backdrop for Unplugged Sessions

At the back of Baker Place, there is a historic Tait Clock Tower where impromptu guitar sessions regularly occur. These unplugged performances staged at such a historic landmark create a dream-like music delivery. It is a combination of Limerick’s rich past and the modern beats of today’s guitarists.

Conclusion: Limerick’s Melodic Journey

A real paradise for those fond of the electric guitar is Limerick – a city full of music venues, stores and even hidden corners. Each of the places we visit provides us with a glimpse into the city’s lively music life. So, dust off your guitar, check out these places and enjoy the musical soul of Limerick. 🎸

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.