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Whelanslive.com presents

Monday 1st October

DEVON SPROULE

Whelanslive.com presents

DEVON SPROULE

+ T H O M A S

After spending the last six months in Germany and England, Devon Sproule has settled once again in the American south — in Austin, TX.  The city is renowned for its music and also, its brutal summers.  Many Austin musicians make a point to tour north during the summer months and Sproule is no exception.  Just done with a cross-country tour of Canada, Sproule is making her way to the UK with a new addition to her band, Toronto guitar / synth virtuoso Thom Gill.

Gill, a jazz grad turned pop prince, has been on tour with Sproule for most of the summer, accompanying her and opening the shows with his brand of gospel-inspired soul. The two together deliver a weird and inspiring take on folk-pop, playing a mix of new material and songs from Sproule’s Tin Angel release I Love You, Go Easy.

“The lyrics of I Love You, Go Easy glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images.  The music is correspondingly complex…layered textures and unexpected lyrical piano codas somewhere between jazz and hymnal, have a centripetal stillness about them, as if suspended for a moment out of time.” – Financial Times

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T H O M A S

Toronto’s Thom Gill has been busy appearing in many forms and furnishing a variety of vibes, exploring the world of song, at home and abroad, with blissfully confused audiences.

Says Tad Michelak: “Smoothed out pop songs and raw emotion spread almost too thin over delicate guitar work. T H O M A S blurs the line between pop and the avant-garde by re-inventing the cliches and turning them into something all his own without ever becoming one himself. His voice is like silk whispers that can become alien at any minute. A bizarre un-touchable oddness lingers in his perfectly composed post-smooth pop songs, begging you to dig deeper.”

The last year, especially, has seen 3 releases from T H O M A S as well albums from his groups Bernice, OG Melody and LOOM. As well as his work as a solo artist, Thom has performed alongside Owen Pallett, John Southworth, Katie Stelmanis (Austra), to name a few.

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TICKETS

€12 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of the weekly Trad Session in the front bar (9pm, Free).

  • Upstairs in Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: €12