Going Coastal: Rough Cut

Club De Burgo’s
8:30pm November 15th

€7.50 Online / €10 on the door

As part of the Going Coastal festival, Rough Cut presents Aubrey Hennessy, Rua Rí, Amy Mc and John Dog in De Burgo’s.

Rough Cut is a night that has been bridging the gap between touring artists and first time performers for almost two years, bringing acts from as far as New Zealand and as near as the Róisín Dubh Open Mic together on one stage, in the cavern of a tavern that is Club De Burgo’s.


Cork born, Galway based, Aubrey Hennessy is an independent singer-songwriter whose indie-folk music is composed of nostalgic lyrics and close harmonies with an unmistakable Irish flair.

Taking inspiration from artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Laura Marling and Junior Brother, Aubrey’s music is shaped by its raw emotion and honest storytelling.

In 2020 Aubrey released her first single, “Anseo” as Gaeilge, followed by “Plenty Days of Sun” and “Dive Back In”. She is currently working on a very exciting new release which will be free to open ears before the end of this year.


It is rare that the sea does not bleed into the music of Cobh-born musician Rua Rí in one way or another. With influences including 70s folk and traditional Irish music, the 22-year old writes warm, melodic folk songs, accompanied by own distinct vocal tone, accent and island-borne insights. The artists’ first release, ‘Shepherd’s Delight,’ is a 5-track homemade EP, recorded with the help of his friends.


Amy Mc is a singer songwriter hailing proudly from County Clare. Amy has been heavily influenced by the music from the west coast of Ireland. Amy has played acoustic music her whole life but has also experimented with electronic music over the last year while touring with Le Boom.

Amy is currently working on bringing out her own music where she can amalgamate both ethereal acoustic sound and electro pop music.


John Dog is an outsider musician, a self-taught singer/songwriter and home recording artist who also makes his own videos. Born and raised in Galway, Ireland, Dog first performed with The Kathleens, the Galway indie four-piece who plugged away on the outskirts of Ireland’s rock scene in the twilight of the 20th century. The first song Dog ever wrote was played on 2FM’s Rock Show, a foundational object in the history of Irish music. Host Dave Fanning and producer Ian Wilson were remarkably generous to The Kathleens, playing every demo the band sent in, even hosting the young upstarts for couple of the Rock Show’s sessions. The Kathleens played loudly, quickly and regularly for a few years, recording one unreleased album before breaking up in a pub by the docks in 1997. That album remains lost to this day, but one of the few writers to hear it declared it one of the best Irish albums of all time.

Dog’s first solo outing was an EP for Secret Records, The Waking Dream EP, an atmospheric set of 3 nakedly emotional songs influenced by Julee Cruise, solo Lennon and 90s Americana. Overseen by Secret’s Pat Neary and produced by Paul Brennan, Waking Dream was exponentially improved by the playing of some of Galway’s finest musicians, including The Stunning’s Cormac Dunne, Cane 141’s Michael Smalle and former-Kathleens-guitarist-turned-session-ace Fergal McDonagh.

​After moving from Galway to London in 2001, Dog acquired his first Macbook and learned to record himself, joining the generation of bedroom wonks who posted songs on MySpace and beyond. One of these, the darkly Newman-esque A Ghost Called Charlie,made its way to the BBC, where Tom Robinson featured it in on his MySpace-themed show.  Meanwhile, responding to a 2005 demo of Dog’s song Sinead, WFMU’s Irving Chusid said “the man has a songwriting gift.” 

In 2010, Dog rolled up his influences – which include Paul Simon, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Sam Cooke, Lloyd Cole, Otis Redding, Talking Heads, Patsy Cline, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Jonathan Richman, Dizzy Gillespie, Iggy and the Stooges, Neil Young, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Dionne Warwick, JS Bach, Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, Julee Cruise, The Shangri-Las, The Sonics, Bing Crosby, Curtis Mayfield and John Barry – into his first full album, the very home-made Battery Powered Mystery Action. 2 years later came The Random Walk, another Stoke Newington-recorded DIY mongrel. Dog’s fingerpuppet slasher movie for that LP’s opening track Video Shop won Best Animated Video at the London International Film Festival.

Dog relocated to Ireland in 2018. He made his US radio debut on WFMU New Jersey in April 2021, when he wrote a theme song for Seven Second Delay, the casually unhinged call-in show hosted by station manager Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman, creator of TV’s Monk. While that original song aired just once, when the show changed its name to  Dinner At Andy’s for 2022, John Dog’s specially written karaoke mangling of “New York on Sunday” was used as the show’s theme for the whole year. 

​Since 2021, Dog has released three singles and videos, London Falling, Under The Bed and Sleep. A new double-A side, Sharp Tongue/Twitter Must Die, will be available in November 2023 and a new album is due in Q1 2024.

Going Coastal is a festival of contemporary original music featuring young, emerging and established acts from the western edge of Ireland. It takes place over five days, from November 15 – 19, across nine venues in Galway City and includes events curated by The Black Gate, A Modern Movement, Free House, Strange Brew, West Coast Punx, Gash Collective, Ar Ais Arís, Rough Cut, Yawlag Collective, That’s Life, Genuine Irish and Livefeed.

The aim of Going Coastal is to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable vision for independent music on the western edge of Ireland… one that supports emerging artists, celebrates local music heritage, and connects artists, promoters and enthusiasts from across the region.

Going Coastal is funded by Galway City Council and the Galway City Creative Ireland Programme, with support from the Galway County Creative Ireland Programme and Flirt Fm.

Going Coastal is presented by Not Bad & The Black Gate.

For more info, and to stay in the loop, visit www.notbad.ie

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