Spanning over 35 years in Ireland’s capital city, Musicmaker opened its doors on November 2nd 1981 beside the busy fruit market on Mary’s Abbey, North Dublin. In 1986, Musicmaker would move across the city to its current premises at 29 Exchequer St, Dublin 2. It is there where Musicmaker has stayed, 30 years at the epicenter of Music in Ireland and an area which would become known in later years as Dublin’s ‘Creative Quarter’.
Just steps away from one of Europe’s leading shopping streets, Grafton Street, Musicmaker’s departments span over three floors which include the infamous Drumgeon drum department, the Guitar Foyer, the ultra modern Hi-tech floor and the beautiful wood-clad Acoustic Room. Musicmaker has quickly positioned itself as not just one of Europe’s leading music retailers, but also one the world’s leading music institutions, attracting musicians and music lovers from around the globe.
Having supported the countries musicians for generations, Musicmaker is widely recognised as one of the cornerstones of the Irish Rock Music Industry with its Exchequer street building being seen as a Mecca for both touring musicians along with the next generation of rockers. The store itself is steeped in both Irish and international musical history with visitors to the store including U2, Bob Geldof, The Script, Sinead O Connor, Glen Hansard, The Cranberries along with international acts Blondie, Muse, Fun Loving Criminals, Feeder, Manic Street Preachers, The National and Queens Of The Stone Age to name a few. It’s fair to say that during a trip to Musicmaker, you never know whom you might meet. In-store performances by Feeder and the Fun Loving Criminals along with an infamous rooftop gig by Irish Rockers The Minutes set Musicmaker apart from any other music store before it.
Musicmaker has always strived to break new ground outside of the music store mould. In 2015, Musicmaker made history by being the very first music store to host a weeklong drum camp in one of Irelands most prestigious and infamous studio locations, Grouse Lodge Studios, Co. Westmeath. ’21 Drums’ was the first of it’s kind, offering 21 drummers from around the globe the chance to spend a week with three of the worlds leading drummers and drum teachers, a truly unique experience. Grouse Lodge and Musicmaker welcomed Mike Johnston, Mark Guiliana and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight to the Westmeath location subsequently ending the week with an unforgettable public master class in The Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Plans for ’21 Drums’ 2016 have already begun and is shaping up to be even bigger and better than it’s predecessor.
We encourage people from all walks of life into our Exchequer St store. It’s not just a retail store it’s an experience. Our vastly experienced staff members are more than happy to share stories from the road, geek out on products old and new, suggest the nearest and best pub or just point you in the right direction. If you dream of being a musician or dream of one day working in the music industry, please come and speak to us. Hopefully see you soon.
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Musicmaker, 29 Exchequer St, Dublin 2