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Month: December 2011

CATHY DAVEY & SPECIAL GUESTS

Whelanslive.com presents three unique & stunning nights with

CATHY DAVEY & SPECIAL GUESTS

Thursday 2nd, 9th & 16th February

“The Nameless is the album that undisputedly confirms Davey as world-class” – The Dubliner

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CATHY DAVEY & BAND

Whelanslive.com presents three unique & stunning nights with

CATHY DAVEY & BAND

+ JOE CHESTER

Thursday 2nd, 9th & 16th February

“The Nameless is the album that undisputedly confirms Davey as world-class” – The Dubliner

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SQUAREHEAD

Whelanslive.com presents

SQUAREHEAD

+ Hello Moon & The Bridges of Madison County

“ …. Came good on the early promise of the trio’s live performances, it shook Dublin’s garage-rock scene till it was dizzy and then hugged it back to health ……shoulder to shoulder with Weezer’s finest moments” The Irish Times

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MICHAEL WINSLOW

Whelanslive.com presents

MICHAEL WINSLOW

(Police Academy)

Barking dogs, squishing soggy sneakers, Jets roaring, spine tingling scratches from a chalkboard, radio noises, guitars screaming, cell phones, and so much more! Noises, every noise you can imagine but is it real or the vocal cords of Michael Winslow? He spent more time in the principal’s office than in class.

Michael was born September 6, 1958 to Robert and Verdie Winslow, on Fairchild Air force Base with never a dull moment. The youngest of six brothers. His mom tells stories about when he was young he would imitate the airplanes, jet engines, basically anything that made a noise he copied with sounds that came out of his mouth. “Growing up in the Air Force Base made it difficult to have friends, so I created imaginary friends, dogs, cats, trucks, anything that would keep me occupied for the moment” says Michael.

After graduated High School and a short-lived college, he had his first professional performance at a club/theater in Boulder, Colorado named Tulagi’s. This was very exciting for him because Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Tommy Bolin and other famous bands played there (By the way Michael does an incredible imitation on Hendrix’s guitar playing).

He opened and act for a group called “Nova” and Italian Rock Fusion Band, He heard through the grapevine that this group were fans of Jimmy Hendrix, so why not portray him??. He had lots of props including his mother’s Afro wig. He was so nervous, but the audience was flabbergasted with his rendition of “Purple Haze”. The ovation and the applause from the audience was overwhelming. From that moment on he knew his calling. He wanted to be an entertainer.

Mr. Michael packed his bags and hitchhiked to Venice Beach where he would be homeless for a short time….He Auditioned for the “Gong Show” hosted by the infamous Chuck Barris and he won a whoping $516.32 that finally got him out of homelessness and allowed him to by a vehicle, that took him to Los Angeles to all the local comedy clubs. At this point in time, Bud Friedman, believed in him and featured in him in the famous EVENING AT THE IMPROV (which we all known now as the Comedy Improve Clubs).

Until 1984 when he finally got his BIG CHANCE. Director Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Manslanski came to see him perform at Long Beach Theater where he was opening for the incomparable Count Basie & his Orquestra. Needless to say, Wilson and Manslanski were blown away! They immediately wrote him into the script of the unforgettable “Police Academy I through VII” As soon as this movie came out and it became an instant success so did Michael! His celebrity status was in place. He then went to play a part in Mel Brooks “Spaceballs”. This film helped in furthering his spotlight as a unique comedian. A man with a special talent that made “families” laugh. Michael was also heard, but not seen, when he gave the voice to Stripe, the evil little creature, in another Hit Movie “Gremlins”.

He also did voice-overs for Disney and Universal Studios in such rides as “Back to the Future and Terminator” Currently you can also hear him in the Television Hits “Robo Chicken and Family Guy” You can’t miss him on those great “Geico” commercials. And in the spring of 2008 he will grace the red carpet premiere of National Lampoon’s Robo Doc.

Michael, a master of vocal gymnastics, can imitate over 1000 sound effects using his voice alone. Whether he is recreating the frenzy of Jimmy Hendrix playing the guitar, or the roar of a jet plane, his talent is truly remarkable and his versatility admirable and enjoyable for all ages!

TICKETS:

€21.50 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or credit card bookings)

THE O’S

THE O’S

+ guests

With almost 300 shows and 1 album behind them, Dallas, TX natives The O’s return with sophomore release “Between The Two.”

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THE STATICS

THE STATICS

+ The Syndicate & Resoul

Mixing the pop sensibilities of the Beatles, the snarling vocals of The Arctic Monkeys and not forgetting the rhythmic acoustic guitars of the Everlys (and hopefully their harmonies!) The Statics are a truly powerful force live and on record. Their demo was recorded in Dublin’s Qube Studios using analogue equipment and one computer for one little tiny second!

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CARLY CONNOR

THIS GIG HAS BEEN POSTPONED – NEW DATE SOON

CARLY CONNOR

+ guests

One to watch for 2012, Scottish singer-songwriter Carly Connor will perform her debut Irish headline show Upstairs in Whelan’s on Monday 27 February.

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JAIME NANCI AND THE BOYS BLUE VALENTINE

JAIME NANCI AND THE BOYS BLUE VALENTINE

Next Valentine weekend February 11th 2012 Whelans are hosting a very special Jaime Nanci and his boys show. Playing a set of original material, with a peppering of the love songs that have inspired them, in the intimate room upstairs for love birds and the lovelorn among you. For the first time hear this new material, featuring the addition of a full brass section to the already stellar line up of Ireland’s brightest Jazz players.. The show will be recorded on audio and video so please spread the word, come along and bring all your friends…This night is going to be legendary.

TICKETS

€6.00 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

KODAKID

KODAKID

+ guests

“Kodakid’s latest effort starts out like the opening credits to a Guy Ritchie film before skillfully transforming into an explosive amalgam of blues, soul and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

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THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
w/ 27b

featuring –

27B.

Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.

Whelanslive.com is proud to bring you The Midnight Hour. Showcasing the best new talent in Ireland.

Tickets: FREE before 10:30pm, Club entry applies after 10:30pm (Thur/Fri/Sat)

Doors: 11:30pm

PRE-VIBE FOR PHILO

PRE-VIBE FOR PHILO

Are you Ready to Dance?
Are you Ready to hit the Floor?
It’s official…

We’re in Recession. So – in a nostalgic nod to the last one, and heady nights in McGonagles, The New Inn, Morans Hotel, and the Garden-shed in Collins Avenue, the Smile-meister has dusted down the twin-decks, and will rock the 26th Vibe with another of those legendary sets lovingly preserved on the b-side of The boomtown Rats “Looking after Number One”.

Channeling “the spirits of James Brown and James Joyce”, Mick Pyro’s Republic of Loose have been admired by everyone from Snow Patrol to Sinead O’Connor and U2. The super radio friendly funksters have won numerous awards and promise something special and poignant for this years show.

Former Bogey Boy and Grandslammer Doish Nagle brought us to tears with an emotional acoustic set a few years ago. Now he’s back with a full-on electric show. If your ready, he’s ready. Not to be missed.

Matt Wilson and Phil Edgar, personify the best of the current Norn’ Iron’ Indie scene. Together they are known to vibe regulars for their blistering, heart-rendering, loving, interpretations, of Philo’s legacy. Matt’s driving the agenda this year, so expect something surprising and left of field, which will probably steal the show again.

“Legends” according to John Rodgers, The Thin Lizzy Experience, make grown men weep and pubescent girls react like they did when Philo thread the boards. They have the lights, the pyrotechnics, the shapes, and a Philo lookalike who’ll make you feel like you just walked into the Oldtown video.

“Television Screen” launched the Punk Wars in Ireland and “Faithful Departed” put Philip Chevron into the pantheon of Irish Singer-songwriters. Individually several of the Rads have played The Vibe, including the first one 26 years ago. This year, after several attempts and near misses, the boys will finally make their collective Vibe debut. Anyone for smashing a telecaster?

Are you Ready – the 26th vibe for Philo takes place at The Button Factory on the 4th January 2012. The Pre-Vibe takes place at Whelan’s Wexford Street on the 3rd January 2012.Afro wigs and lookalike costumes are optional.

Hugo McGuinness

GHOSTPOET + ALT J

Whelanslive.com presents

2010 Mercury Music Prize nominee

GHOSTPOET

+ ALT J

Migrated from the capital city of the West Midlands – Coventry – to the southerlyclimes of London, Ghostpoet looks set to make his mark on 2010. The softlyspoken 24 year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1’s foremost taste makerGilles Peterson and his Brownswood recordings with a handful of off-kilter,loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings onmodern life. Born and raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria andDominica, Obaro admits that his heritage is important to him, but that it hasn’tconsciously affected his musical career: “My parents enjoyed listening to musicaround the house but never really encouraged it as a career. I kind of pursuedlistening to various sounds late into the night when the house was asleep.” Don’tsleep on this young, inventive, British artist – he’s destined for greatness.

………….

“With lullabies to hypnotise, this somnolent spirit is sleepwalking his way togreatness” The Guardian

“(A voice that is) idiosyncratic. It has a quality of it’s own. Languid, laidback,pensive, wise and broken. Sad but hopeful at the same time.” Nobodydancenomore

Recently migrated from the capital city of the West Midlands – Coventry – to thesoutherly climes of London, Ghostpoet looks set to make his mark on 2011. Thesoftly spoken 24 year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1’s foremost tastemakerGilles Peterson with a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with hisdelightfully rambling musings on modern life. Signing to Peterson’s BrownswoodRecordings imprint, a free EP entitled ‘The Sound Of Strangers’ sidled into the publicdomain in June 2010. Comprising four tracks, three original compositions blessedwith playful prose, one remix of A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation (RelaxYourself Girl)’… and a feature from left-leaning pop mastermind Micachu, it hit ahungry online audience and earned Ghostpoet a coveted spot in The Guardian’sNew Band Of The Day feature as well as glowing recommendations from NME,CMJ, RCRDLBL, URB, Drowned In Sound and The Mercury Prize.

Born and raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica,Obaro admits that his heritage is important to him, but that it hasn’t consciouslyaffected his musical career: “My parents enjoyed listening to music around the housebut never really encouraged it as a career. I kind of pursued listening to varioussounds late into the night when the house was asleep.” And as for attempting topinpoint his tastes… it’s hard to gauge when his palette flips from Badly DrawnBoy’s ‘The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast’ (the first CD he ever bought) to the angulardynamics of the UK grime scene via Iggy Pop, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, MF Doomand Squarepusher. This was the music that captured his imagination at university,where Obaro was part of a grime collective: “One of the guys made the beats withReason, he taught me the basics and I kind of stumbled, bumbled and fumbled myway to the present.”

ShowcasingGhostpoet’s loveably ramshackle, but hook-laden productions and his lazy baritone,‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ is a neat summation of the MC’s musicaljourney to date, but also an impressive statement of intent. Don’t sleep on this young,inventive, British MC – he’s destined for greatness.

ALT J

The quartet first entered our consciousness with their debut release of ‘Bloodflood’ / ‘Tessellate’ in October 2011. Released on 7” via Loud & Quiet, it sparked a wave of interest in their brilliantly unique and compelling sound.

Radio support came through almost instantly from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw while the BBC Introducing team didn’t hesitate to get them booked in for a live session, which was broadcast on both Huw Stephens’ and Steve Lamaq’s shows. More recently they were selected to perform as part of Radio 1’s Festive Festival to showcase new, exciting acts for 2012 alongside Emeli Sande, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jakwob, Dot Rotten and others. Previous artists to be given the same accolade have included Katy B, The Vaccines, Wretch 32, Plan B, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Florence & The Machine and Chase & Status.

Now signed to Infectious Music for their debut album (due May), next up for alt-J is the release of two tracks that are sure to cement the early love shown to boys whilst also drawing in a wealth of new fans and supporters for 2012. ‘Matilda’ is a beautifully penned ode that gets under your skin and refuses to leave while ‘Fitzpleasure’ brings out the raw, inspiringly inventive side of the bands music. Two impactful pieces that illustrate the spectrum of their influences and forward thinking approach to music for the year ahead, both polished off with Joe’s brilliantly distinctive vocals.

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€17 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078]. (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

PHANTOM LIMB

THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED

REFUNDS AVAILABLE FROM POINT OF SALE

MCD.ie presents

PHANTOM LIMB

+ GUESTS

Phantom Limb have announced their return with a show Upstairs at Whelan’s on Thursday 8th March 2012.

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DAS RACIST

THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Harmonic presents

DAS RACIST

+ guests

THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED

“…they’re not typical MC’s bragging about their prodigious mike skills and libidos. Instead, they’re deceptively laid-back satirists who deliver their smackdowns amid da-da streams of consciousness, sometimes with such subtlety that by the time the joke finally registers they’re off on a fresh, equally strange and frequently hilarious tangent.” – Chicago Tribune

“A motley crew of producers (Diplo, El-P, Rostam from Vampire Weekend, Drake affiliate Francis Farewell Starlite, one of the dudes from Yeasayer) serves up shinier, harder, louder, thornier beats, and our heroes occasionally respond in kind… part Cheech and Chong, part Smif-n-Wessun, part Sartre and de Beauvoir.” – SPIN

Das Racist is an alternative hip hop group based in Brooklyn, New York City, composed of MCs Himanshu Suri (aka Heems), and Victor Vazquez (aka Kool A.D.) and hype man Ashok Kondabolu (aka Dap). Known for their use of humor, academic references, foreign allusions, and unconventional style, Das Racist has been both dismissed as joke rap and hailed as an urgent new voice in rap.
After rising to Internet fame with their 2008 song “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”, Das Racist established themselves as credible rappers with the release of their 2010 mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Spin magazine picked Das Racist as one of 50 acts to watch at the 2010 SXSW festival, and in April 2010, MTV Iggy selected Das Racist as one of the “25 Best New Bands in the World.” Rolling Stone declared the song “hahahaha jk?” from Sit Down, Man one of the fifty best singles of 2010. For its November 2011 “funny” issue, Spin magazine featured Das Racist on the cover, with an article written by Dap’s brother, comedian Hari Kondabolu. In November, 2011, the group made their United States television debut on Conan.

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Refunds available from point of sale.

€16.50 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS

Whelanslive.com presents

ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS

+ guests

She sounds like she might have been born a coal miner’s daughter in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, or maybe grown up next door to her daddy’s blacksmith forge outside Winchester, Virginia.

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DAYDREAM REGIME

DAYDREAM REGIME

+ DEEPINTHEWOODS66

Daydream Regime are a five piece band from the Wicklow mountains who seem in tune with their surroundings.Formed through a mutual love of all things noisy, obscure and beautiful, they blend synth’s and fuzzy guitars with blissed out melodies that would see these neo-psychedelic’s sit comfortably numb on a couch with either Grandaddy or the Super Furries.  Songs like ‘Dream Apocalypse’ and ‘Faster than the speed’  take the listener on a stellar journey through time and space but ultimately show a band who really understand their craft. An experience well worth checking out. Dream on.

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€7 incl booking fee available from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078].

THE QUICKSAND BAND

MUSICLEE.IE presents

THE QUICKSAND BAND

-Album Launch-

+ guests

Debut album launch. The Quicksand Band from Dublin have been playing in venues across the country over the last few years and they have developed a unique style and approach to music with songs that bear the influence of country, folk and rock but with a very contemporary edge.

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FIACH

FIACH

plus special guest

Dublin singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty released his debut record So I in March 2010 to great acclaim earning him special guest slots with World Famous acts and leading Hot Press to state that ‘instrumentally as well as vocally, ‘So I’ is exceptionally resonant and richly textured with strings bringing a sense of the sublime to several tracks.

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JOE CHESTER

JOE CHESTER

+ guests

Joe Chester released his third album, She Darks Me, on October 3rd, 2011.

Sometimes, if you want to rediscover the muse, you have to walk away for a while.

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LAU

Whelanslive.com presents

LAU

+ THE BONNY MEN

Winner of ‘Best Group’ in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008, 2009 & 2010

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DRY THE RIVER

MCD.ie presents

DRY THE RIVER

+ Moscow Metro & John Blek

Dry the River have announced a headline show at Whelan’s on Wednesday, 25th April 2012. Tickets €12.00 including booking fee are on sale now.

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RICHARD HERRING: WHAT IS LOVE ANYWAY?

Whelanslive.com presents

RICHARD HERRING: WHAT IS LOVE ANYWAY?

After recent shows about Hitler and Jesus, you’d have expected ‘What is Love Anyway’? to be a less contentious affair, but like all his work, it is consistently challenging, thought provoking and utterly hilarious whilst still finding room to be warm and, at one point, surprisingly moving. The work that has gone into WILA is clear to see, and it’s not only among Herring’s finest work, but very possibly the best stand up show you’ll see this year. – The Huffington Post

“Stimulating and Exhilarating….Utterly Hilarious***** Chortle

“What is love anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway?”

So asked the insane, Welsh, poet-philosopher, Howard Jones in 1983, but in the intervening 28 years no one has dared to answer his questions? Until now.

Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of award winning podcast As It Occurs To Me and BBC Radio 4’s Richard Herring’s Objective seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again.

Is love just a chemical reaction in our brains by which our body selects potential sexual partners, or is it a magical force which guides us unerringly to our soul mate, oddly usually waiting until we’re off our tits at a night club to do so?

Could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rocher chocolates get so out of control as to destroy the economic infrastructure of the United Kingdom?

Is the word being devalued if RICHARD’s dry cleaner claims to “love” all his customers, or is he actually only enamoured with HERRING and too shy to tell him directly?

What is Love, Anyway? is a heart-warmingly honest and personal examination of the romantic (and not so romantic) adventures and misadventures of one of the UK’s most prolific comedians, as well as a genuine attempt to define this mysterious, debilitating, evil and wondrous emotion.

RICHARD recently completed his 94 date nationwide tour of his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming – including 26 dates at the Leicester Square Theatre. In 2010 RICHARD published his book How Not To Grow Up and released Hitler Moustache – his acclaimed stand up show on DVD. He also recorded the first series of his BBC Radio 4 show Richard Herring’s Objective (a second series will air in the autumn). As one half of the prolific comedy duo LEE & HERRING, RICHARD enjoyed phenomenal cult success as a writer and performer with shows such as Fist of Fun (BBC Two) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (BBC Two). In recent years he teamed up with ANDREW COLLINS to co-host the Collins and Herring podcast on BBC 6 Music which the Guardian said “paved the way for funny podcasts.” Both the Collings and Herrin podcast and his Chortle award winning and Sony award nominated podcast As It Occurs To Me (which get up to 50,000 downloads per episode) are available to download from www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts and iTunes.

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€16.50 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

GRETCHEN PETERS

Whelanslive.com and OldFlatTop presents

GRETCHEN PETERS

No support – Show starts 8:30

Gretchen Peters Spins Tumultuous Year Into Musical Gold on ‘Hello Cruel World’ (1/31, Scarlet Letter Records)

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LUKE HAINES

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LUKE HAINES

+ guests

LUKE HAINES – 21st Century Man.

Variously described as a national treasure and one of Britain’s greatest living songwriters, Luke Haines has been ruffling feathers and kicking against the pricks for almost twenty years now.  Born, inappropriately enough, during 1967’s Summer Of Love, Haines learned to play guitar in Portsmouth’s red light district before studying music at the London College of Music. After a brief spell at the helm of C86 ne’r do wells The Servants in the late 1980s, he formed a band called The Auteurs who were quite plainly anything but. Flirting with infamy as the uniform daze of Britpop became a vapid dream (something Haines touches on in his best-selling autobiography Bad Vibes: Britpop And My Part In Its Downfall (William Heineman)), The Auteurs were always solely Haines’ mouthpiece and their debut album New Wave, released on Hut in 1993, could easily claim to have kicked off the whole movement. The record was short-listed for the “prestigious” Mercury Music Prize – although as Haines once remarked, “£25,000? Haven’t these guys ever heard of inflation?” Since then, Haines has released albums as The Auteurs (Now I’m A Cowboy, After Murder Park, and How I Learned To Love The Bootboys), and as Luke Haines (Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry, The Oliver Twist Manifesto, Das Capital). Another incarnation as the popular Black Box Recorder has seen Haines performing extracts from England Made Me, The Facts Of Life and Passionoia on Top Of The Pops and as the decidedly unpopular but no less magnificent Baader Meinhof on several stages several miles away from Top Of The Pops.

In 2001, Haines declared a National Pop Strike (some five years before the KLF’s Bill Drummond chose to copy him) but was then nominated for a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for his score for the movie, Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry, which was Uncut magazine’s Soundtrack Of The Year. The film and indeed the legendary BS Johnson novel which inspired it, focussed on the angst-ridden travails of an outsider who felt there was more to life than office drudgery and, so inspired, resorted to anarcho-terrorism. It could have been a mirror to Haines’ own life. With typical poignant abandon, Haines then collaborated with playwright Simon Bent on a stage musical called Property that was taken to full workshop stage at the National Theatre Studio.

In 2005, Haines released a retrospective boxed set called Luke Haines Is Dead, a collection that included the extraordinary Future Generation, a new song that brought comparisons to Lou Reed and saw Haines himself catapulted into a different realm altogether – that of the timeless songwriter. The following year he came up with his best collection yet, Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop, which was hailed as “British pop at its best” (The Independent),  “Album of the year!” (Gay Times) and conclusive proof that “genius and consistency aren’t mutually exclusive” (Observer Music Monthly). Not a concept album, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, the album contained some acerbic gems such as The Walton Hop which Luke had attended as an impressionable teenager (though not at the same time as Jonathan King) and Leeds United, an insensitively ironic take on an era when Leeds United were almost certainly great – although, brilliantly, Haines uses the Yorkshire Plod’s hapless Ripper investigation as a metaphor for 1970’s Britain as a whole. Haines was also no doubt the first commentator to express sympathy for the forgotten victims of the Gary Glitter saga – namely, the Glitter Band – on Bad Reputation.

In 2009 and with the release of 21st Century Man, Luke Haines has finally cemented his place as one of the greatest English contemporary songwriters. He may be equally at home writing about teenage sex, terrorism, pop/film stars, child murder or broken love affairs but he’s excelled himself on this, his fifteenth album as a principal songwriter. Essentially an album about “wilful exiles” (of which, Haines is surely one, tracks like Peter Hammill (“Gotta get myself together/Just like Peter Hammill”) and Klaus Kinski (“went back to Germany after the war”) indicate a rare warmth for their subject matter whereas Suburban Mourning is surely the best song Black Box Recorder never recorded.  How can you not love an artist who one minute sounds like John Lydon on Wot A Rotter and the next has you thinking you’ve turned up in an episode of The Sweeney on Our Man In Buenos Aires, a song, no doubt, about Nazis on the run? (Incidentally, Haines recently told a journalist he had moved to Buenos Aires only for the Sunday Times to immediately report his emigration as fact.) And how can you not love an artist that comes up with a title like Russian Futurists Black Out The Sun as if it is the most normal thing in the world? The album’s title track  – clever, poignant, funny and sad – is set to go down as Haines’ swansong as well as one of the finest songs of this or any other year. “Suzy Lamplugh disappeared/David Bowie lost if for years/Died a death in the slap-bass phase/Everybody else died of Aids” intones Haines in apocalyptic mantra, before concluding that “I was all over the ‘90s/I was all over in the ‘90s” and “I’m gonna die in the 21st Century ‘cos I’m  a 21st Century Man.”

Luke Haines releases 21st Century Man as a limited edition digi-pack complete with a nine track bonus album Achtung Mutha on November 2nd 2009 on Fantastic Plastic (Cat no. fpcd025). He will be performing songs from this and several more of his great records at London’s Borderline on October 1st 2009. Cherish him now before he moves to Argentina.

TICKETS:

€14 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078]

SAINT JOHN THE GAMBLER

SAINT JOHN THE GAMBLER

Whelan’s Front Bar – 8pm

Saint John the Gambler has been Mark Baker’s musical guise since 2006. Inspired by Townes Van Zandt, in both name and originality, Baker’s songs have been constructed with musicians from all over the world. From the beginning, SJG has always played folk influenced alternative music.

As Saint John the Gambler, Baker has performed and/or recorded with Alexander Sheykin, Marc Proulx, Garan Fitzgerald, Sean MacNutt, Anni Moynihan, Gifford Machirus, Vadim Scott, Anna Fedotova, Ali Henry, Enikeev Gadel, Lee Ji-sun, Konstantin Drobitko, David Marnoch, George Bozanich, Brodie Read, Brad Wheeler, Doug Short, Randall Krichbaum, Felix Brochier, Darragh O’Kelly and Mary-Elizabeth Holby.

SJG first hit the stage in Seoul, South Korea in May 2006 with a seven-piece ensample, playing Folk Rock. Performing on the university scene and to the ex-pat community he developed a loyal following, releasing a debut self-titled EP in March 2007. SJG was invited to perform at the Hi Seoul International Festival in Itaewon, South Korea the same year. Following the success of the album Trains for the Sea, the full-length debut album, released in December 2008, SJG left Korea, moving to Montreal, Canada with a strong shift in musical direction to a more mature alternative sound.

SJG gained a fine reputation in Montreal, playing in bars and cafes to appreciative audiences, with superb backing of violin, accordion and trumpet. And now back in his native Ireland SJG is performing nationwide. By fusing various musical traditions with contemporary songwriting and exciting performances SJG’s has formed a bluesy Celtic piracy that is vivacious and beautiful.

THE LAZY BAND
EVERY WEDNESDAY

Whelanslive.com presents

THE LAZY BAND

WEDNESDAY RESIDENCY IN THE FRONT BAR

Once Upon A Time…there was a girl, who knew a boy, who knew several other boys and girls. What’s so good about that you ask? Well this particular bunch of boys and girls all happened to have several things in common.

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THE LAZY BAND
EVERY WEDNESDAY

Whelanslive.com presents

THE LAZY BAND

WEDNESDAY RESIDENCY IN THE FRONT BAR

Once Upon A Time…there was a girl, who knew a boy, who knew several other boys and girls. What’s so good about that you ask? Well this particular bunch of boys and girls all happened to have several things in common.

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MUSICMAKER & ERIC ELECTRONIC LAUNCH NIGHT

MUSICMAKER & ERIC ELECTRONIC LAUNCH NIGHT

Monday, December 12th

Whelans Main Venue, 8pm

Tickets: €5 from Musicmaker, €8 at the door

First 100 tickets get a free ERIC Mixtape

Over 18s Only

Musicmaker, Dublin’s iconic musical instrument store, and ERIC, a brand new Electronic Music Collective, are partnering up to bring electronic fans and the local music scene what they’ve long been asking for—a huge All-Electronic Night celebrating some of the best acts in Dublin.

Five electronic acts will be featured in a gig at Whelans on Monday, December 12th at 8pm. Meljoann, Monto, Bantum, Meltybrains?, and Adultrock will all come together on one stage for the launch. Tickets will be just €5 from Musicmaker or €8 at the door. The first 100 ticket buyers will receive a free ERIC Mixtape featuring some of the night’s acts, plus other local artists from the ERI Collective.

MELJOANN

MONTO

BANTUM

FUZZY EMPIRE

ADULTROCK

The Launch Night celebrates Musicmaker’s leap into Electronic Music with the start of their new Electronic Events. It also marks the launch of the Electronic Rock Ireland Collective (ERIC) and ERIC Mixtape, Volume 1.

There will also be an ERIC and Musicmaker all-day Jam Session the day before the event on Sunday, December 11th in The Mercantile, serving as a preview to the launch and exciting things to come for the Electronic music scene in Dublin. The event starts at 1pm and is free; all ages and experience levels welcome. For more info on the Jam Session: http://www.facebook.com/events/331227096891203/

Musicmaker and ERIC are thrilled to bring together their love of Electronic Music by partnering up on this very special Launch Night.

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JACK L

Whelanslive.com presents

JACK L

+ guests

Mon 19th & Tue 20th December.

– A Christmas Secret –

Following on his recent two night Sell out “Chez Jack L” shows in Dublin’s National Concert Hall in late November

Jack Lukeman concludes a very successful & busy 2011 with two”Christmas Secret” fan night at his original Dublin home of Whelans.

To coincide with his first return in 10 years to the intimate music venue where Jack first made his name, Dara Records are releasing a special Christmas box set “Jack in a Box” featuring a new 10 track “lost songs” album including rare and previously unreleased Lukeman recordings.

In the past 14 months Jack has sold out a series of shows at Vicar St & 4 nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

In August Jack was one of the stand out success stories of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (winner of the Best Music Award, series of 5 star reviews Guardian/Telegraph etc.)

His 26th part Lyric Radio series “High Fidelity” (Which Jack presented withJulie Feeney) was nominated for a P.P.I award and Jack will be seeing out 2011 by doing a short tour with his good friend Sharon Shannon before flying to New York in early January for a series of shows.

TICKETS:

€25 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

JACK L

Whelanslive.com presents

JACK L

+ guests

Mon 19th & Tue 20th December.

– A Christmas Secret –

Following on his recent two night Sell out “Chez Jack L” shows in Dublin’s National Concert Hall in late November

Jack Lukeman concludes a very successful & busy 2011 with two”Christmas Secret” fan night at his original Dublin home of Whelans.

To coincide with his first return in 10 years to the intimate music venue where Jack first made his name, Dara Records are releasing a special Christmas box set “Jack in a Box” featuring a new 10 track “lost songs” album including rare and previously unreleased Lukeman recordings.

In the past 14 months Jack has sold out a series of shows at Vicar St & 4 nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

In August Jack was one of the stand out success stories of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (winner of the Best Music Award, series of 5 star reviews Guardian/Telegraph etc.)

His 26th part Lyric Radio series “High Fidelity” (Which Jack presented withJulie Feeney) was nominated for a P.P.I award and Jack will be seeing out 2011 by doing a short tour with his good friend Sharon Shannon before flying to New York in early January for a series of shows.

TICKETS:

€25 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

CRAYONSMITH + ELK – MIDNIGHT SHOW

OOAL presents

a midnight hour indie rock show with

CRAYONSMITH + ELK

– MIDNIGHT SHOW –

FREE before 10:30pm, Club entry applies after 10:30pm

Doors to upstairs venue 11:30pm, bands on Midnight.

Split 7″ Launch

FREE ENTRY – just leave your name on the facebook event wall or email info [at] outonalimbrecords [dot] com – guestlist is Limited so do leave your name ASAP.

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We’re delighted to announce our next release – a split 7 inch single featuring Crayonsmith and Elk.

One side will feature “Heaven In An Aeroplane”, the first release from Crayonsmith since 2008’s acclaimed sophomore album “White Wonder”. The release also marks the first released recording of the new Crayonsmith line up – founder Ciarán Smith is joined by Richie O’Reilly (Koalacord) & Wayne Dunlea (ex Waiting Room/Hooray For Humans). It gives a timely taster of what to expect as the trio prepare the third Crayonsmith album, due for release on Out On A Limb in 2012.

The other side features a previously unreleased track from Cork outfit Elk. We’ve been big fans of these guys for a while (their self-released debut ‘We Should Start Our Own Gang’ got frequently played ’round here) and are delighted that they are on board for their release.

Both tracks are now available for your listening pleasure at OOAL’s soundcloud.The 7 inch will be available from independent stores and online here from Friday, November 25th.

LISTEN:

Crayonsmith/Elk Split 7″ by OOAL