Cruises Bar

Queens Hotel, Abbey Street, Ennis, Clare, Ireland

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No more session in Cruises?

Well, that’s what I heard from a reliable source. I still hope it’s not true, though. Last time I was in Ennis, I actually failed to find a good music session in the pub. Does anybody know what’s going on there at the moment?

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I remember hearing something similar a couple of years ago. I think it had changed hands and the new management had decided that ‘pub bands’ were preferable to trad sessions.

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…karaoke nights, that sorta thing.

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There was never any music in Ennis, and it got worse after some eejit decided to hold fleadhs in it.

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?? Bodhran bliss..Is that coment ment as a joke?? "Never any music in Ennis" ??

Slainte- Thats right, no more tunes in Cruises pub.

That makes me sad, I was in Cruises in March, and there was a brilliant session that night… went on till about 2 in the morning! It was quite a friendly session as well. I haven’t been back to Cruises since then (have been to some other ones in Ennis though), but I thought the sessions were still going.

Cruises Pub in Ennis

i just wanted to come on here and genuinely apologise for any bad feelings caused by cruises due to some questionable music choices……..(more than some)…i have only recently taken over the bar managers job and while i respect all who came before me i realise that to do anything except being wholeheartedly irish is wrong for cruises and while im sure would have some short term gain, such as "trad disco", ultimately takes away from what is quickly becoming a bar very close to my own heart

as such id like to welcome any musicians back to cruises or if anyone would like to talk to me about trad sessions, id love to hear from you….we arent there yet but we are trying.trad sessions have now resumed monday tuesday and wednesday, saturday evenings and sunday nights and god willing more nights to come.any one man bands or other groups whether they be d’arcy or kevin martin or institutions of ennis like porterbreak or dilemma are as commited as myself to returning cruises to what it should be…….i only hope that any trad musicians will come down and give us a chance or join in!!

regards

Gearoid O Murchu
Cruises Bar

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See ye soon. ;-)

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Hi Gearoid, have sent you an email.

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I always pop into cruises Bar when im on holiday (5-6 times a year )and i must say that i have missed the trad session by the fire or out the back bar so we spend most nights in Bogans bar Des

Glad of the feedback

slainte, ragaman, bodhran bliss & seaniemcg, you are all dead right, im sure all the previous managers have said the same, thats why im hoping the locals will help me on the right path… 0874116733…i want you to help me make it the bar it was…i want what ennis wants….real honest to god trad sessions, the way trad used to be…im only young but i remember the highlight always being back in comerfords in doonbeg at 4 in the morning with hazel murphy, flan donovan, the mcCarthys and tommy comerford just beating out the tunes…im completely open to any ideas you have and im always around, feel free to call in and talk to me.

thank you, i appreciate it

gearoid

Thanks All Of You!!!!

i appreciate all the comments good and bad, all i can do is try to make the bar better and win you all back

gearoid
0874116733

Cruises Pub in Ennis

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i look forward to hearing from any musicians.lets start from scratch and bring back the real session

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I popped my head in the door there last week, in the hope of finding music - I found heartbreak instead!
It’s now full PA guy-with-guitar-and-backing-track playing come-all-yes. Suits the tourists, I suppose, but an abomination to what used to be there.
It was never the very best session location though - too many tourists taking pictures of musicians.

I managed to fall in with a very fast session at O’Sullivan’s, and had a great time!

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On a more general thread, I was in Ennis a few weeks ago (the lead up to the fleadh nua) and I found it difficult to find decent tunes.

They were either too fast (and it’s not like I can’t keep up), badly out of time (!) or packed to the rafters with tourists which made it difficult to get to the session itself, which looked like a boys club anyway in this particular bar.

I’ve been to Ennis before and there’s been amazing tunes and great times. I was really disappointed this time; The Old Ground didn’t seem to have tunes on, despite asking the staff and others around.

Coming back to Cruises - there were two/three guys having a quiet tune there on the Mon/Tues and they were lovely. Whilst I agree that it had been set up primarily for tourists and not the tuneistas, they were very welcoming and it was nice to play in a session that had groove!

I could have just been on a quiet week but anyways..

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There were 3 young lads playing early Saturday evening when we was there (just listening) in April (fiddle, flute, guitar)- joined by an older guy on banjo (maybe our own banjoburger?). They played some nice tunes on and off for an hour or so (maybe some occasional bluegrass/Cape Breton influence?). Then some other guys came in and were obviously setting up for a quite different kind of gig. We left at that point.
Good luck with the new venture, Gearoid, and getting the place ringing with trad again. Great setting for it.

Still on

Spent one night in Ennis last Tuesday due to early flight out of Shannon the next morning. Stumbled upon Cruises within a block of our hostel (Rowan Tree Hostel - highly recommended, BTW). Banner outside says "Live Irish trad session nightly" or something to that effect. Found a young piper and a guitar player/singer inside who were quite welcoming and we had a nice little session. They wrapped up at 11 though. Wasn’t too crowded or noisy and some people were listening attentively.

Wednesday session in Cruises

Hi,

Session in Cruises with Eoin O’Neill and Yvonne Casey Wednesday evening. Nice session.

See you soon

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So does Cruises Bar still host a session?
I loved The Ceili Bandits recording, Hangin at the Crossroads . I would love to go to a session with Yvonne.
Sam’s Reel set is great. Will be in the area from 7/27-8/10. Looking for some sessions.
Any other suggestions? Maybe a fiddle lesson?

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Cruises definitely has active sesions now - steady sessions at least on Thursday and Friday as far as I understand: Aine Heslin (flute) and Jimmy Clancy (box) hosting on Thursday and Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle) on Friday. That was the setup when I was last to Ennis (2016), anyway; the Thursday session was big with many guests, some of which were clearly non-local. On Friday, it was just Anne Marie with two friends, top-notch musicians all three.
This year, I was in Ennis again, but during a festival (of which Ennis has many), when everything changes, of course.