Palestine Children’s Fund to benefit from Ballina gig

Ballina/Dublin band John of the Apocalypse will top the bill at a fundraising gig in Ballina this weekend in aid of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

From left Boris Riquelme, Stephen Dwane, Brendan Clarke and Patrick Hallinan, of the band John of the Apocalypse

The band will be supported by Magnetic Monopole and French act Ismael Mougafi at their show in Tarbh 47, Tone Street on Saturday, December 2 at 10p.m.

John of the Apocalypse comprises Ballina musicians Patrick Hallinan (vocals, guitar), Stephen Dwane (drums) and Brendan Clarke (bass), along with Dublin-based Boris Riquelme on lead guitar. The band comes with a primitive alt-folk tag on their music and has played venues such as the Workman’s Club, Dublin and Livestock Outdoor Music Festival in Galway. An EP and a number of singles from the band have attracted very favourable comments from music industry quarters and from across their growing fan base.

Ismael Mougafi (guitar, vocals), Michael Walsh (drums) and Sid Murphy (bass) form the grunge-metal hybrid trio Magnetic Monopole, whose members come from the Mayo-Sligo area.

French artist Nanorisk Akatsuki will also be on stage. This one man band plays drums with triggers and computations connected to a synthesizer, and delivers to fans of Lightning Bolt and Ravi Shankar.

With Conor Hickey and Sid Murphy in its driving seat, the gig is organised by Ballina Punx, a bunch of music enthusiasts who have been giving voice to the town’s thriving alternative, punk and metal music artists for two decades.

Your support for a very worthy cause will be appreciated and admission is €5.

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