Betty & The Mad Ones Present The Galway Street Club

Galway Street Club in a typical action pose.
Galway Street Club in a typical action pose.

Do you remember Siouxsie & The Banshees; Rocky De Valera & The Gravediggers and, for people who go to last mass, Big Tom and The Mainliners?

Well, now we have the purely homegrown, strictly organic, Betty & The Mad Ones and there’s a theme of music and eventing running through them all.

You see, Betty & The Mad Ones are about to put a collective toe in the pond of music eventing and they’re bringing The Galway Street Club to play live on July 1st at Castleisland Rugby Football Club grounds.

First Gig as a Team

The girls are no strangers to dealing with bands and organising events but this is their first gig as a team.

“The Galway Street Club is made up of a fantastically talented, diverse bunch of musicians who are going to create one massive atmosphere around the town,” said spokesperson, Kate McSweeney.

“It’s one of our madder ideas but it’s definitely one that we are extremely excited about organising. Already there seems to be a massive buzz around the event with tickets being booked before they were even printed.

First Gig in Kerry

This band is used to playing in famous venues such as the Roisín Dubh in Galway and Whelan’s in Dublin so it’s very special that their first ever gig in Kerry will be in Castleisland.

The band’s own story is one which we love, their passion for music and their fusion of styles is nothing short of fascinating,” said Kate.

“We were delighted that Betty, usually found behind the bar in Kearney’s, was willing to come and join in the madness and bring a wealth of experience to the table. To see two businesses join force for an event like this really adds a unique energy and it’s been hugely positive.

’80s and ’90s Alternating Disco

“Castleisland RFC, whose venue will be used on the night have also been a great help in the planning of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mad Ones, Killarney Road, Castleisland; Kearney’s Bar, Main Street or online at and they cost €10.

There will also be an alternating ’80s / ’90s disco for the fans of the music of those now faraway days.

About The Galway Street Club

In March 2016, a large group of individual and regular buskers in Galway City, decided to undertake an insouciant endeavor.

They formed a no-holds barred Busking Band, not only for fun, but with the wealth of street performers in the town, busking slots and spots were hard to come by they decided to form one large group.

Seven Nationalities / Nine Instruments

And with this the 12 member Galway Street Club was born. It’s the proud owner of seven nationalities and nine instruments and it has been described as a United Nations of Street Performance.
The band began gaining public attention from locals and tourists alike and with each impromptu street session the distinct sound of the band began to mould into a highly recognisable one, as opposed to the humble beginnings where it was just unorganised chaos.

Thousands of Followers
Within a matter of months, the band had thousands of followers on their Facebook page, a sea of videos on YouTube and had sold-out the west of Ireland’s finest venue, The Roisin Dubh on numerous occasions, as well as playing at Ireland’s biggest festival, Electric Picnic, and Dublin’s most famous venue, Whelan’s Live.

Despite, their entrance into the venue circuit, the band continues to remain a group of full time buskers, who put on two shows a day in Galway City, having recently returned from a three-month busking/gigging tour of France, Holland, Spain, Germany and Austria.
The band has big plans for 2017 including more gigs, more busking, more festivals and more fun! Have a look at the Galway Street Club in action with the Click here:

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