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IS STEW DAY
is a club for up and coming acts in the arts field. Every Tuesday night
(since 1996 and until the end of time) 9.30pm up-stairs at the Ha’
Penny Bridge Inn, comedians, singer/songwriters, actors, clowns,
poets, etc. go to war on the open mic to try and win the Lucky Duck
Award at the club, voted by the audience. New acts are always
welcome and are advised to come along any Tuesday night and register
for a slot with the MC on duty. Tuesday’s 9.30pm, Up-stairs Ha'
Penny Bridge Inn, D.2 Adm. €6/€5
popular artistes on the Comedy & Singer Songwriter’s circuit
these days, first cut their cloth at the battleoftheaxe.com Names
such as James Goldsbury, Carl Spain & Neil Delimer (new RTE
comedy Award winners) have won the famed lucky Duck Award voted for
by the audience at the battleoftheaxe.com Other popular winners at
the show have included Eddie Naessens, Declan Rooney, Jerome
Holland, Simon O’Leary, Alex Lyons, Pat McDonald, Anne Lillis and
Anne Gildea and over 400 performers have graced it’s stage since
its conception 5 Years ago. The Ha’ Penny Bridge venue has also
housed such famed acts as Dermot Morgan, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne,
Alan Davis (Cracker) and The Nualas in it’s time!!!!
described as a hit and miss show (maybe because new act’s are
having a go for the first time and more experienced player's are
trying out new material), however over the past couple of years the
majority of its nights have been hits, all for just £3.50 (AND NOW
ONLY FOR €6). It can certainly match & better the so-called
bigger clubs on its good nights. What most commentators fail to
report is that the bigger clubs often have dreadful nights as well,
at highly ridiculous prices too, but never gets reported? However
the smaller the club the easier it is to put down!!!!! Since
battleoftheaxe.com ‘s arrival in 1996, many clubs have come and
gone, even with the luxury of big sponsorship company’s behind
them. It’s almost certain that when the Celtic Tiger is chocked
battleoftheaxe.com will still be still standing tall. Favorite
singer/songwriter’s have include Paddy Casey, Haley Read, and
groups such as Yellow Room, Matagouri, Free Range, the Firm, all
whom have progressed to get high profile gigs in such respectable
venues such as Whelan’s, Vicar Street, HQ, & Eamon Doran’s.
Come in and join in the fun any Tuesday nite if you want, just like
the guy from the Herald a couple of years ago, who got up on stage
and sang a couple of songs. He ended up reviewing himself in the
paper the next day! We grant you all, the fortune of good vibes
throughout your lives Kindest regards, from the battleoftheaxe.com
RELEASE / LISTINGS / ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE
42 Wellington Quay,
JESUS HALTS SHOW!!!
battleoftheaxe.com had a wonderful Christmas show on Tuesday the 18th December 2001, however the show is taking a one-night break on Christmas.
Nit’s are having a go for the first time and more experienced
players are trying out new material, however over the past couple of years the majority of its nights have been hits, all for just £3.50. It can certainly match
and better the so-called bigger clubs on its good nights. What most commentators
have failed to report is that the bigger clubs often have dreadful nights too, at highly
ridiculous prices too, but this never gets reported. However the smaller the club
the easier it is to put them down!! Since battleoftheaxe.com's arrival in 1996 many clubs have come and gone, even with the luxury of
a big company’s sponsorship behind them. It’s almost certain that when the Celtic Tiger is
choked battleoftheaxe.com will still be still standing tall. Favourite singer/songwriter’s have include Paddy Casey, Hayley
Reid, and groups such as Yellow Room, Matagouri, Free Range, the Firm, all whom have progressed to get their gigs in places such as Whelan’s, Vicar Street, HQ, and Eamonn
This Press Release is just an excuse to wish battleoftheaxe.com
performers, audience’s, journalists, listing’s editors and anybody who has contributed to making the show what it is (for better or
worse!), a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We grant you the fortune of good vibes throughout all your lives from the show.
Kindest regards, from the
File" - Taken from Event Guide July 2000
Ha'Penny Bridge Inn's Tuesday night comedy event, Battle of
The Axe, has been renamed the much more user-friendly
battleoftheaxe.com. It's still a weekly show where comedians,
impressionists, singer/songwriters, musicians, magicians, whatever,
can engage in all-out war on the open mic. The audience takes the
role of judge and jury, and new blood is always welcome. For more
details on how to get your grubby paws on the top prize, the coveted
Lucky Duck award, call 086-815 6987 or just show up on the night.
Grind The Axe" - October 19th 1999
of the Axe!! at the Ha'Penny Bridge continues in its promise to
provide an open space for new performers by hosting a women's only
performance night Tuesday October 19th. It has been especially
organised to encourage women to take the stage. Tony Ferns the
organiser explains why he is hosting this night, "I want to
encourage and give women performers more of a chance, there is no
shortage of talent, just time and space."
night will be hosted by regular MC Gráinne McIntee. Performers will
include singer/songwriters Hayley
Reid and Joan Walsh, the group Cavan and Lilly Caffery doing
acapella. Drag queen Kelly Ann will also make a special appearance
and the band Kiss McGee, finalist in the Irish regional heat of the
BBC Comedy Awards will also perform.
performers are invited to come along on Tuesday October 19th before
9pm to register their name with the director. Actors, musicians and
comedians are all welcome.
'Em Laugh" is the title of a show presented by the
genial Gay Byrne on RTÉ on Sunday nights at 8pm. Apart from being
an opportunity for those who wish to slowly wean off a 30 odd
year-old Gaybo addiction, this show is a chance to see Irish comic
brilliance that was long before the time of most current Dublin
comics and their audiences. This show has so far featured the cream
of the sadly declined institution that was Irish variety. Gay
Byrne's knowledge and feel for this area is, in this comic's
"Battle of the Axe!!" every Tuesday 9pm at the Ha'Penny
Bridge Inn, could probably be described as 'Neo-Irish Variety
Entertainment' in all its best aspects. It provides an opportunity
for a wide range of performers to try new ideas in front of what had
become the best audience in Dublin. One of the secrets to the shows
success is the audiences voting at the end of the show to nominate
the winner of the Lucky Duck Award. This makes the show the perfect
antidote to the amount of passive entertainment being pitched at the
couch potato in all of us. I can imagine that in the decades to come
(notice how I am sparing you the reader the next millennium drivel)
the show will be fondly remembered for its contribution to the
entertainment scene in Dublin. Come along on Tuesdays and you will
have something with which to bore your children and grandchildren on
family holidays to the planet Jupiter; or Mosney on the moon if the
money is a bit tight with the way pensions are going these days.
Tuesday night at the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn in Temple Bar, uncontrolled
war breaks out between comedians, musicians, singers, actors,
clowns, poets and various artists battling it out for the honour of
the Lucky Duck Award.
Lucky Duck Award is the now more than famous award of the Battle of
the Axe!! club for the most talented act on show, voted for by the
award winners in the past have included Dublin band - Crusty,
comedian/actor - Eddie Naessens (Jack from Fair City), and acapella
song mastress - Lilley Caffery.
Dublin street buskers such as Jimmy Quinn, damien Davis and J.J.
from Georgia have rocked the club down to a frenzy on many
show is a must for anyone with show business aspirations. So if you
want to be a star or just have fun nurturing the new crop of
entertainers along, then why not drop along to the Battle of the
Axe!! any Tuesday night at the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn, Temple Bar,
Dublin 2 at 9pm.
One Year Celebration Show
the crazy show for new talent having a go on stage and for old
talent trying out new material and routines celebrates it's first
year in existence with a celebration show on Tuesday 28th October
1997 at 9pm.
the past year musicians, singer/songwriters, poets etc. have gone to
war on the open mike for the honour of being No. 1 at the club,
voted by the audience for which they receive the Lucky Duck Award.
show is the brainwave of Laoisman Tony Ferns. He produces, directs
and occasionally MCs the show. He is assisted by Gráinne McIntee
who is assistant director and regular MC at the club. Both also
perform on the Ha'Penny Laugh Improv. Comedy Show at the same venue
on Thursday nights.
performers over the past year include Eddie Naessens (better known
as Jack in Fair City) who works very hard on his old and new
material for his stand-up routine. Recent winner Emer O'Kane gave a
stunning performancewith her double-base song routine.
of the biggest improvers of the year is John kavanagh who has moved
over from C&W to his more suited styleof Pogues/Dubliners type
songs. Grafton Street buskers Jimmy Quinn, Damien Davis and J.J.
from Georgia, U.S.A. have rocked the Club down on many occasion
during the year. Comedians to watch out for in the future are Simon
O'Leary and Alan Wood.
popular winners during the year were Dublin lady Lilley Caffery
(rock 'n' roll and acapella songs), Billy Bob Johnstone (comedy) and
Jason B. Bad (singer/songwriter).
show is amust for anyone who has any ambitions for the stage. So if
you wanna be a star or just have fun and see the stars being
created, just drop along upstairs to The Celebration Show on 28th
October or any Tuesday night to the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn, Temple Bar,
Dublin 2 at 9pm for Battle of the Axe!! and be proud of Ireland's
performing arts culture.
and Frolics in T.B.
what can I say that hasn't been said before? (Plenty, that's what!)
The Battle of the Axe, the battle of the twats, whatever you want to
call it. I call it "The Show of shows", where would ya
bleedin' gerit? Tuesday nights upstairs at the Ha'Penny bridge Inn
that's where! It's the bleeding place to be. History in the making.
A warm, intimate, interesting, entertaining, creative, fun and mad
adventure into the unknown for and by all. And not to dwell on the
eerie, strange, spooky insanity one will experience also.
and inspired has extravaganze, the brain child of mysho Tony
Ferns, brings you such talent and lack of it in some cases,
that you'll wonder why nobody ever told you it's been there since
September '96. No mention of Battle of the Axe would be complete
without the elegant, persistant Pearl Ruth, the best door-woman in
of folk from every corner of the planet have performed, being
regaled, laughed, cried (a few offended but nobody got hurt). It's a
blessed space where young and old talented, inspired, driven,
passionate and occasionally under the influence individuals express
themselves for the coveted "Lucky Duck" Award. The
pleasure is all yours so come on down for no particular reason and
Suicidal? Lonely?... Don't worry, you'll find all your troubles will
vanish once you enter the cult of Battle of the Axe. Incomparable
evenings of laughter, terror, ingenuity and craic lie ahead.
Watching the stream of talented hopefuls cheered on and supported by
a gobsmacked audience cajoled off the streets will start to make you
think "Wow! I could do this too!", and before you can say
'Brainwash' you will want to give Tony and Pearl all your worldly
goods, move to a tiny bedsit and spend all your time gesticulating
in front of a broken mirror. Relax! Take it slowly, learn some
guitar chords, maybe juggling, a joke or ten. Then braving the
taunts of your worried relatives come to the soothing environment of
the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn and your life will be forever changed.
in by Pearl (who single handedly keeps Irish hospitality alive
amidst the money grabbing tourist robbing yuppiefied hellholes in
the area), you will feel safe and at home. Watching Ken (screaming
"I am the bastard illegitimate son of Jim Morrison" whilst
writhing on the floor) you will feel exalted and excited.
Participating in the rousing cheers and tumultuous applause will
keep you sane and happy. This it it - Zen and the art of articulate
nonsense, you are now a fully fledged member of the Battle of the
Axe. Congratulations, now get off the stage your time is up!
couldn't be a more firginving platform to start on the long haul to
fame. The kindness of the audience is legendary - at least if you
die, you can die in peace.
needs colonic irrigation when you can do standup comedy?
explodes here every Tuesday night and when it comes down to it,
where the hell would all the frustrated housewives, embittered
politicians, wannabe rockstars, ancient divas, tortured poets and
confused comics go to? (Anybody fancy sewing up another banner?)
can never have been a more terrifying moment than the first step up
onto a stage to do a standup routine - (bungi jumping my arse) - but
I'm madly grateful that I did it at the Battle of the Axe. What
surprises me more is that they let me come back and do it again,
there will no doubt come a time when they'll be begging me to stay
at home of a Tuesday but I know if I sit and whine Pearl will let me
in - and then I'll be the heckler from hell (actually the only
heckler in the place most likely).
knees knocked so furiously and my jokes were so feeble I felt like a
Ronnie Corbett impersonator.
unique, it's ubiquitous, it's Battle of the Axe, and you'll never
MC at the Axe.
MC at the Battle of the Axe was a very enjoyable experience. It was
a warm exciting atmosphere, and it felt great because you could
really feel that the audience were really enjoying themselves. When
the comedians did their gags there wasn't a dry eye anywhere. It was
fabulous, the music was cool and funky and it was a delight to see
the winner of the show was a first-time comer with her own amazing
original material. Hey, we even had some cool celebs drop in such as
the late great Michael Hutchence, that's right, he's not dead, he's
just been hiding from Paula. And if that wasn't enough who else was
in the house, well none other than that soulful popster, "throw
your knickers at me" Tom-the sex god-Jones. After the show I
approached these legends and asked why they came. They replied,
"Hey, when we're in Dublin we check out the best and everybody
knows that the Battle of the Axe kicks ass! ...and it's the
grooviest place to be on a Tuesday night."
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