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Month: June 2012

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR w/ THE COLD 100

featuring –

THE COLD 100

Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.

Doors: 11:30pm

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)

 

HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO DIE

HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO DIE

– Album Fundraiser –

+ Melodica Deathship, Turning Down Sex, Roland Volapük (France) & Fag Enablerz

with the disc jockeying skills of

ANTROPHE

Hands up who wants to Die are four messers who got together in late 2008 to make music that would capture the zeitgeist and inner city pressures of the crumbling society that surrounded them in the Dublin, Ireland. Their songs have been described as “off-kilter noise rock”, and as “socially aware slab punk with constant discordant meanderings” among other things. Roy left and Matt Joined, sensetown united.

RATIONALE:

Hands Up Who Wants To Die are putting on a gig to raise some funds for their third record. After having two releases on the legendary RICHTER COLLECTIVE label, the Dublin quartet are now fending for themselves in the big scary world of MUSIC.

After touring SOME OF MAINLAND EUROPE in April of this year the leviathanic ensemble returned to Dublin – their spiritual and actual home – with one devastating intention in mind; to finish writing tunes and get them ‘down on tape’, so to speak.

With only two previous BLISTERING live performances in Dublin this short year of nearly seven months, we can honestly say, with no hyperbole whatsoever, that this will be a million times better than any gig that has ever happened!

Hands Up Who Wants to Die’s events division have got a tasty and ECLECTIC lineup together so this can only equal to one enduring sentiment = it would be loves if you came along.

TICKETS

€7 before 10:30pm / €11 after 10:30pm (via front door, mention the gig to the door person)

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

CARS LOVE GIRLS

CARS LOVE GIRLS

+ special guests

Dublin’s newest and most exciting musical collaboration comes to us courtesy of brother and sister team Cars Love Girls.

The band features Bres (guitars, vocals) and Orla (vocals), who first worked together for many successful years as part of the Republic of Loose, knocking out two top ten albums in the process. As a founding member of the Loose, Bres co-wrote some of the bands hit singles (YOU KNOW IT, COMEBACK GIRL, THE STEADY SONG, I LIKE MUSIC).

Orla joined as a female vocalist in 2006, while also working hard behind the scenes in the music industry. They toured together extensively in Europe and the U.S, even landing a historical supporting slot with U2 on their 360 tour in Croke Park, Ireland.

Following their career with the Republic of Loose, Bres and Orla put their musical Midas touch to work on an independent project. Combining their shared love of Retro R’n’B and Pop, the duo’s sound developed from a vast array of influences including Prince, Prefab Sprout, Hall & Oates, The Time and Steely Dan.

The product of their efforts has resulted in their breakthrough debut album SKIP SCHOOL, which is a delicious contemporary bite of old school R’n’B.

The 10 track collection was recorded and mixed in Dublin with Phil Hayes (Bell X1, Delorentos), and final touches provided by one of the most prominent names in mastering Bernie Grundman (Carol King’s “Tapestry”, Steely Dan’s “Aja”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Prince’s “Purple Rain”).

Stay tuned for adventures in audio wonderment as you are cordially invited to SKIP SCHOOL with Cars Love Girls.

WATCH

TICKETS

€5

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

TOOT SWEET & THE SHADOW MAN

Whelanslive.com presents

TOOT SWEET & THE SHADOW MAN

_in Whelan’s Front Bar_

7pm-9pm – FREE ENTRY

Toot Sweet & The Shadow Man are beginning a bi-monthly residence in Whelans on Wexford Street, starting from Wednesday 20th June.

Cian has done all the arrangements for this New Orleans Funk band and has assembled some of the finest musicians in Ireland to make sure that the Mardi Gras spirit is there!

Toot Sweet & The Shadow Man are:

  • Cian Boylan – Piano, Hammond, Vocals
  • Conor Brady – Guitar
  • Dan Bodwell – Double Bass
  • Buzz Wilde – Drums, Vocals
  • Cormac Kenevey – Percussion / Vocals
  • Brendan Doyle – Bari and Alto Saxophones
  • Danny Healy – Trumpet
  • Karl Ronan – Trombone

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

TOOT SWEET & THE SHADOW MAN

Whelanslive.com presents

TOOT SWEET & THE SHADOW MAN

_in Whelan’s Front Bar_

7pm-9pm – FREE ENTRY

 

Toot Sweet & The Shadow Man are beginning a bi-monthly residence in Whelans on Wexford Street, starting from Wednesday 20th June.

Cian has done all the arrangements for this New Orleans Funk band and has assembled some of the finest musicians in Ireland to make sure that the Mardi Gras spirit is there!

Toot Sweet & The Shadow Man are:

  • Cian Boylan – Piano, Hammond, Vocals
  • Conor Brady – Guitar
  • Dan Bodwell – Double Bass
  • Buzz Wilde – Drums, Vocals
  • Cormac Kenevey – Percussion / Vocals
  • Brendan Doyle – Bari and Alto Saxophones
  • Danny Healy – Trumpet
  • Karl Ronan – Trombone

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

Whelanslive.com presents

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

in Whelan’s Front Bar every second Saturday

7pm-9pm – FREE ENTRY

WATCH:

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

Whelanslive.com presents

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

in Whelan’s Front Bar every second Saturday

7pm-9pm – FREE ENTRY

WATCH:

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

Whelanslive.com presents

UKERISTIC CONGRESS

in Whelan’s Front Bar every second Saturday

7pm-9pm – FREE ENTRY

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MOO

MOO

_in Whelan’s Front Bar_

 

When the Great God of Rock n’ Roll was finished, he surveyed the panorama of long hair, guitars and drums he had created, and as he did so he noted he still had some scraps of raw material left over– a dollop of Western, a scoop of Rockabilly, a whole bottle of pure Rock n’ Roll essence itself and a few truckloads of Good Time.

 

TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.

MOO

MOO

_in Whelan’s Front Bar_

 

When the Great God of Rock n’ Roll was finished, he surveyed the panorama of long hair, guitars and drums he had created, and as he did so he noted he still had some scraps of raw material left over– a dollop of Western, a scoop of Rockabilly, a whole bottle of pure Rock n’ Roll essence itself and a few truckloads of Good Time.

 

TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.

MOO

MOO

_in Whelan’s Front Bar_

 

When the Great God of Rock n’ Roll was finished, he surveyed the panorama of long hair, guitars and drums he had created, and as he did so he noted he still had some scraps of raw material left over– a dollop of Western, a scoop of Rockabilly, a whole bottle of pure Rock n’ Roll essence itself and a few truckloads of Good Time.

 

TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.

PERMANENT DEJA VU, AMAZING APPLES, THE TREESLEEPERS & RED MOON BAYONETS

Whelan’s Newest Music Night

TUESDAYS | 2 BANDS | €5

PERMANENT DEJA VU

AMAZING APPLES

THE TREESLEEPERS

RED MOON BAYONETS

Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills.It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.

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PERMANENT DEJA VU

Contrary to what the name suggests, Permanent Deja Vu do not sound like anything you have heard before. They are a creative unit which have been in the making for a long time now, formed when two siblings who grew up together immersed in music, decided to jam. The older, Gavin, a self-taught talent, seemed to have magically acquired the ability to craft songs and like a dream, they have poured out of him since. Taking a strange notion, he decided to bring them to his younger sister, Grace, who received him with much enthusiasm. Much patience was needed, but they eventually got it together, and Grace liked to embellish the songs in any way she could. Playing together was a pleasure, and they learned to tap into each others ideas and a great affinity developed. They delighted in everything from complicated, quirky chord progressions to stripped-down, intimate arrangements. Gavin and Grace quickly decided that they wanted to form a band to bring their songs to a live setting, and to bring something new and exciting to the mix. They asked two musicians they highly respected and always had a connection with, Dave and Facu. They quickly tapped into the songs and made them their own. The band finally felt complete and ready to expose their musical delights to the world.

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AMAZING APPLES

Amazing Apples formed in 2008. Brothers Cian and Darragh Crehan and drummer Brian Grace had played in bands together in previous years so they already had a musical connection established. Early 2008 saw the introduction of Eanna Fahy, an accomplished fiddle player for his age, and Anthony Ryan who brought an impressive lead guitar sound to the plate. Starting out as a cover band, they quickly gained popularity throughout Ireland with their distinct raw Irish/Americana sound. All the members are multi-instrumentalists incorporating bouzouki, fiddle, mandolin, keyboards, banjos, and whatever else they could get their hands on for their live show. After doing the Irish circuit for two years the band decided to take a new direction and write music. Playing support for people like Sharon Shannon, Mundy and Mumford and Sons at festivals and venues around the country, saw the Apples achieve success on the big stage. Amazing Apples crossed the seas for a tour of New York/New Jearsy in 2010 and Romania in 2012. Since then, they won the Townhouse Bar Battle of the Bands in Galway winning a prize worth 15,000 euros. They launched their debut EP ‘3 or 4 Shoes’ on the 1st of June 2012 in HMV and Monroes in Galway.

 

CONTACT

If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email newmusic@mercantilegroup.ie

THE CITY APPLES, THE HANGED MAN AND THE GROOVY GROOM, NEXT IN LINE & FAMILY PLANNING

Whelan’s Newest Music Night

TUESDAYS | 3 BANDS | €5

THE CITY APPLES

THE HANGED MAN AND THE GROOVY GROOM

NEXT IN LINE

FAMILY PLANNING

Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills.It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.

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THE CITY APPLES

The City Apples are a band of three lads hailing from Blanchardstown in West Dublin, who are all in their early 20’s. The beginnings of the band started with the split of Stone Motion, of which Ger and James were members of. The band enjoyed many good years together which included appearances at Oxegen 2010, and also on RTE’s ‘The Apprentice’. For the want of a new fresh project James and Ger set out searching for a new bassist to complete the trio. In December 2011, Sam joined the band as bassist.

Since then, The City Apples have been writing brand new original songs, brandishing a new sound and hope to make a mark on the original scene with them. They will be entering the recording studio early in April ’12 and look forward to sharing their new sound both at live gigs and across the net!

CONTACT

If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email newmusic@mercantilegroup.ie

24 BROKEN AMPS, THE MOTIVES, THE CRAYON SET

Whelan’s Newest Music Night

TUESDAYS | 3 BANDS | €5

24 BROKEN AMPS

THE MOTIVES

THE CRAYON SET

 

Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills.It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.

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24 BROKEN AMPS

24 Broken Amps are an out-and-out grunge/punk band that have stomped into the space where no-one was treading in a scene that’s been deadening under the lightweight of jangly indie synthy stuff. Delving into the past for moods where needed, and into presentlives for inspiration, they have unashamedly set themselves apart from those around, spilling an energetic buzz, at once melodious and caustic. With a slew of headline gigs plus 2fm and Phantom FM airplay under their hats, 24BA are rocking it right out, right now in your town.

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THE CRAYON SET

The Crayon Set formed in 2008 and were based out of The Joy Gallery in Dublin. The current line up recorded its debut album in Leeders Farm in early 2011 and is scheduled for release in 2012. An EP, designed as a free sampler of the album, is now available from www.thecrayonset.com

CONTACT

If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email newmusic@mercantilegroup.ie

SIOMHA BROCK, FRENCH BIRD, IF MEMORY SERVES

Whelan’s Newest Music Night

TUESDAYS | 3 BANDS | €5

SIOMHA BROCK

FRENCH BIRD

IF MEMORY SERVES

 

Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills.It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.

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SIOMHA BROCK

Twenty-four year old singer/songwriter Síomha Brock (pronounced Sheeva) released her self-titled debut EP in December 2011. From Ennis Co. Clare, she will be touring with her band and performing all of her self-penned songs, including tracks from her debut EP which showcases her talents as a singer, composer and guitarist.

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THE CHOIR INVISIBLE

The Choir Invisible are a pop band based in Dublin, Ireland. Inspired by books, films and catchy indie-pop, the band played under the name Theatre Royal until late in 2010. Back with a new lineup and even more glamorous name, it’s time to get the suits back from the dry cleaners.

“When we sit down to write, it tends to be about the past, about escape and about a kind of cinematic romance,” says guitarist Felix LeMans, not his real name. “We want to create our own world through our songs, or at least try.

“I’m very inspired by not listening to music, and by my inability to play.”

Currently recording debut EP due for release in May 2012.

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IF MEMORY SERVES

‘If Memory Serves’ are a young Limerick-based rock band who combine Catchy Rock hooks with Addictive riffs and captivating lyrics, Currently recording their debut E.P to be titled ‘Menace Memorial’,  The leading song from which is called ‘Getting Started’ !!!! Formed in 2009, If Memory Serves have quickly built up a great set of originals and have been hailed as an amazing live band !!!


CONTACT

If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email newmusic@mercantilegroup.ie

RECORD FAIR

Whelanslive.com are having a

RECORD FAIR

Saturday 14th July at 1pm-5pm

BUY | SELL | TRADE all your old VINYL | CDs | TAPES

Come to Whelan’s on Saturday 14th July and show the 21st century that you won’t be intimidated. There will be a vast range of LPs, Cds, cassettes, cassingles and possibly even the odd cartridge for sale from every genre imaginable. Spend a few quid, feel good, have a pint, hang out.

If you would like to participate as a buyer/seller/trader or if you have any questions about the record fair then please send an email to vincent@whelanslive.com

SLEEPING DOGS & SUPERMODEL

SLEEPING DOGS

SUPERMODEL

+   guests

Sleeping Dogs are a band from New Zealand that are flying high on their own unique trajectory. With a sprawling national tour of their home country under their belts that lasted for the whole of 2011, and hot off the heels from recording their latest album earlier this year in the UK

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JASON RINGENBERG

JASON RINGENBERG

+   guests

 

Jason Ringenberg, formerly of Jason and the Scorchers is no stranger to Ireland. Jason is the original roots punk barnstomper, the Scorchers “singlehandedly rewrote the history of rock n roll in the South” -Rolling Stone.
In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. There is an exhibit of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame. But Ringenberg’s story does not stop there. In 1999 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. He has released five solo cds where his songwriting has been lauded by everyone from the BBC to USA TODAY. Touring the world relentlessly, The Times (UK) called him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation”. So don’t go to his shows expecting to see a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool. With his acoustic guitar and fearless charisma he will rock the house.

 

TICKETS

€10 @ door

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

GARY NICHOLSON

Musiclee.ie presents

GARY NICHOLSON

+ special guests

Gary Nicholson is a number one hit songwriter, a two time Grammy winning producer, a world traveling performer, recording artist, and session guitarist. In 2006 he was nominated to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

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J ROOTS

J ROOTS

+   guests

 

Out of the ashes of ‘Keltic Posse’ and ‘Analogue Mindfield’ comes a fresh new sound in the form of J Roots.

With 28 years of experience making and producing music on an international level, frontman J Roots — AKA Johnny Quinn — has created a new album Soapbox Fury. This 16-track album is a slice of 70s Jamaican Roots Reggae that harks back to the Golden Ages of Studio 1 and Channel One. It is the first in a planned trilogy of albums due for release over the next 18 months.

Quinn/J Roots formed his first band, ‘Keltic Posse’, in London in 1985. After touring extensively for nine years, he moved on to work with The Subtonics. It was during this time that he formed the electronic dub outfit Analogue Mindfield, co-producing three albums for the legendary Malicious Damage, the label behind The Orb and Killing Joke.

He is joined on stage with an impressive band boasting the smokey toned Kitty B, various members of ‘Keltic Posse’, ‘Analogue Mindfield’ and ‘Dub Investigation’ for what promises to be an upbeat skanking night for sure.

TICKETS

€10 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

NUALA KENNEDY

NUALA KENNEDY

+ AJ ROACH

“Stunning Irish/Scottish traditional music with a twist” MAVERICK

Nuala Kennedy grew up playing traditional music in Dundalk, Co.Louth, and honed her skills in Edinburgh Scotland where she attended art college. She is just returned from a year making music in Brooklyn New York.

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CHAMPAGNE ANIMAL

Champagne Animal host a night in aid of ‘Dogs in Distress’

CHAMPAGNE ANIMAL

SHE’S A BEAUTY

DELLA MANNION

+   Comedy from Gerry McBride

Fresh from being shortlisted in the ‘Hotpress Lift Off Competition’, Champagne Animal are quickly becoming one of irelands most exciting unsigned bands.

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DOTT, TELL NO FOXX, REDWOODS

Whelan’s Sounds of Summer presents

DOTT,

TELL NO FOXX

REDWOODS

+ guests

 

Dott are a new band from Galway, Ireland who play shiney, harmony-driven garage pop. The band, formed in January 2012, is lead by songwriter Anna McCarthy (vocals/guitar) with Laura Finnegan (bass/vocals) Nicola Cosgrove (guitar) and Tony Higgins (drums).

Dott release their eagerly awaited debut EP “Button” this May. Tracks from “Button” are already scheduled to appear on the next Popical Island Compilation #3, Talkcha Productions Compilation #2 and “Leave Tonight” features on First Music

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Though still less than a year playing in its present lineup. TELL NO FOX are already gaining a growing reputation on the live circuit in Dublin and surrounding areas. The four band members have spent their time cooked up in their rehearsal space working on an expansive indie rock sound, The results of their formation have been immediately exciting for all involved. The Wicklow boys have not failed to please for their live shows and growing following.  The first offering of this collectives hard work and passion will be heard when the band release their first EP in the coming months.

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Redwoods are a three-piece band from Ireland. Our debut four track EP,“Nowhere To Hide”, was self-recorded and is being released in early April 2012. Redwoods is Elliot Crampton, Killian Dunne and Paul Sheehy. The average age of the band is 17.66666666666. When we get the chance we like to go busking and surfing down in Kerry. Elliot is by far the worst at surfing…

Elliot is the lead singer and songwriter in the band. He began writing songs when he was eight years old. His favourite dinners are either hard tacos or chicken and spicy sausage. He likes vintage guitars but can’t afford any. He has a little studio in his garden and that is where we record all our songs. He also has big, fluffy ginger hair.

Killian is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist in the band. He started playing guitar when he was nine. As a kid, he loved skateboarding.. He has been bare-knuckle boxing multiple times with Kimbo Slice. Killian is the only founding member of Redwoods that is able to grow a sweet-ass beard.

Paul is the bassist and backing vocalist in the band. He has been friends with Killian since they were little kids. He also used to love skating. Paul is the delinquent in the band, he can take absolutely nothing seriously and has the attention span of a fish. His favourite movies include Jackass: The Movie, Jackass 2, Jackass 2.5, Jackass 3, Jackass 3.5, Jackass: Season 1-3, Jackass: The Lost Episodes and the ‘behind the scenes’ of Jackass. He plays with a plec and puts ketchup on everything.

WATCH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-B2ZBPnrx0

TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

SOUNDS OF SUMMER

It is also :

21st June – CASHIER NO 9

22nd June – THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT, PUGWASH & THE SHOOS

22nd June – SPOOK OF THE THIRTEENTH LOCK

23rd June – THE NOTAS, BIG SEPTEMBER, THE YIPS

24th June – LITTLE GREEN CARS

 

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

POPICAL ISLAND ALL DAY POP EXTRAVAGANZA

POPICAL ISLAND SATURDAY

AN ALL DAY POP EXTRAVAGANZA

 

A FREE all day party with about 20 bands playing on two stages to celebrate the launch of our third and final compilation!

Confirmed to play on the day:

Biggles Flys Again

Big Monster Love

Ginnels

Grand Pocket Orchestra

Groom

Jonny Fun and the…Hesitations

Land Lovers

Lie Ins

little xs for eyes

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

No Monster Club

The #1s

Patrick Kelleher

The Run Ons

Skelocrats

Squarehead

Tieranniesaur

Walpurgis Family

Yeh Deadlies

More info coming as we have it! We hope to see you there.

LISTEN

WATCH

TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

PETER ROWAN

PETER ROWAN

+   guests

 

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Born in Wayland, Massachusetts to a musical family, Rowan first learned to play guitar from his uncle. He spent his teenage years absorbing the sights and sounds of the Boston music scene, playing bluegrass at the Hillbilly Ranch and discovering folk and blross the Charles River at the legendary Club 47 on Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge. “I could sit in with the Lilly Brothers at the Hillbilly Ranch and then catch the MTA and be in time for Joan Baez’s last set at the Club 47. Bluegrass appealed to me. ues ac It was callin’ me—the harmonies, that high and lonesome calling-sound. Don Stover had played banjo with Bill Monroe, fiddler Tex Logan too, before they joined the Lillys. Mandolinist Joe Val taught me all the Blue Sky Boys and the Louvin Brothers songs. I would play a ‘sock-hop’ with my rockin’ group, The Cupids, and then make a beeline for the clubs. Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee, Josh White, Muddy Waters- they all came to town!”

Following three years in college, Rowan left academia to pursue a life in music. Rowan began his professional career in 1964 as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, living in Nashville and playing with Monroe on the Grand Ol’ Opry every week. “One thing I liked about the Monroe style was that there was a lot more blues in it than other styles of bluegrass,” reflects Rowan. “It was darker. It had more of an edge to it. And yet it still had the ballad tradition in it, and I loved that.” Rowan stayed with Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, touring constantly both in the United States and in England, for two and a half years.” We went from old-timey places way down south to the colleges up north, we played to all ages, long-time fans of Bluegrass and the college kids my own age.”

The late ’60s and early 70’s saw Rowan collaborating with musical compatriots in a number of rock, folk and bluegrass combinations: Earth Opera with David Grisman, Sea Train with fiddler Richard Greene (himself a graduate of Monroe’s band) Muleskinner with both Grisman and Greene, former Bluegrass Boy banjoist Bill Keith and the great Clarence White. From the ashes of Muleskinner, Rowan and Grisman went on to join Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, and John Kahn, forming the legendary bluegrass band Old & In the Way. It was during this time that Rowan penned the song “Panama Red,” a subsequent hit for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and a classic ever since. Other time-honored compositions by Rowan include ” Moonlight Midnight”, ” In The Land of the Navajo” and “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy”. Jerry Garcia himself recorded Rowan’s “Moonlight Midnight” and the haunting “Mississippi Moon”. The 1970’s also saw Peter Rowan playing and recording alongside brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan as the The Rowan Brothers. Their three albums for Elektra-Asylum featured original songs highlighted by the three siblings soaring harmonies.

Rowan subsequently embarked on a well-received solo career in 1978, releasing such critically acclaimed records as Dustbowl Children (a Woody Guthrie style song cycle about humanity’s spirituality in relationship to the earth), Yonder (a record of old-time country songs and Rowan originals in collaboration with ace dobro player, Jerry Douglas) and two extraordinarily fine bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy, as well as High Lonesome Cowboy, a recording of traditional old-time cowboy songs with Don Edwards and guitarist Norman Blake. Rowan’s recent releases- Reggaebilly, a wonderful blend of reggae and bluegrass and Quartet, a recording with the phenomenal Tony Rice, coupled with a relentless touring schedule have further endeared Peter Rowan to audiences around the world.

On the road, Rowan performs internationally as a solo singer-songwriter, while stateside he plays in three bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, a quartet featuring Jody Stecher, Keith Little, and Paul Knight; The Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet; and his rocking band, The Free Mexican Air Force.

 

TICKETS

€18 incl booking fee available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Song Cycle, our weekly singer-songwriter showcase in the front bar.

SPOOK OF THE THIRTEENTH LOCK

Whelan’s Sounds of Summer & Love Live Music Day present

SPOOK OF THE THIRTEENTH LOCK

WYVERN LINGO

YELLOWBRIDGE

+ guests

Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk and traditional sounds with more modern experimental rock sounds. With the release of their new album The Brutal Here and Now they have refined their craft, creating melodic folk rock with with a dark, modern feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through progressive, kraut and post rock.

Lyrically springing from English and Irish folk song, the compositions deal with complex themes of personal and national identity, alienation, Irish history and mythology, revolution and the cynical cyclical nature of greed and power. Live they are a powerful five-piece, overlaying intricate folk melodies with swirling squalls of feedback, delay and soaring three-part harmonies.

First coming together in Dublin in late 2005, the band was formed by Allen Blighe with the aim of writing songs in the idiom of Irish folk. Gathering friends Enda Bates, Donnchadh Hoey and Brian O’Higgins the band recorded their self-titled debut which was released on Transduction Records in 2008. Since then they have played all over Ireland and Japan. After recruiting fifth member Ronan Hayes they have returned with their sophmore album The Brutal Here and Now in 2012, which widened their sonic palette, taking in Italian and Indian folk influences and sees them singing in English, Irish and Italian.

“The Brutal Here and Now is utterly spell-binding…potential Irish album of the year” – Hot Press

“The most inventive, audacious and barnstorming Irish album of 2012…brazen, blazing and brilliant” – The Irish Times

“Powerful and defiantly unique” – Entertainment.ie

“Ireland’s finest example of a modern trad band” – Nialler 9

“This richly rewarding album suggests the spiritual heirs to Planxty and Horslips may have finally been found” – Sunday Business Post

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Wyvern Lingo are a trio from Bray who have started to make waves on the Irish scene in the last year. Karen Cowley (keys, vocals) Saoirse Duane (guitar, vocals) and Caoimhe Barry (percussion, vocals) have been playing together for the last 5 years. In the last year and half, Caoimhe, Karen and Saoirse have released their debut EP, won the “Rising Stars” competition in the Dublin City soul festivial (2011) and played Irish Festivals such as Knockanstockan, Electric Picnic, Temple House, NPLD, Gateways and Ones to Watch 2012. They are quickly becoming known for their “soulful, powerful vocals and harmonies” and have supported well known acts such as Julliet Turner and Pugwash. With high ambitions for the 2012, Wyvern Lingo are currently working on their debut single, which will be released at the beginning of the summer.

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Yellowbridge are an indie/pop collaboration made up of Kyle Hyunsung Kim and Ciara Donnelly. The producer/ singer songwriter have been together for a mere few months yet have developed their own sound based on influences stemming from past industry experience. The group hope to bring together the unlikely pairing that is Yellowbridge and create an album that is versatile, surprising and as pleasant as the group themselves (they swear)!

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SOUNDS OF SUMMER

It is also :

21st June – REVEREND DEADEYE

21st June – CASHIER NO 9

22nd June – THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT, PUGWASH & THE SHOOS

23rd June – THE NOTAS, BIG SEPTEMBER, THE YIPS

23rd June – DOTT, TELL NO FOXX, REDWOODS

24th June – LITTLE GREEN CARS

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.

THE VIEW

MCD.ie presents

THE VIEW

+ THE RAGLANS

‘Cheeky For A Reason’ will be released by the bands new label Cooking Vinyl on July 6th and pre-ceded by a single on 25th June.

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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

Old Flat Top presents

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

+ Special guests

On a rainy Nashville Thursday last October, Justin Townes Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year.

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MEGAFAUN

THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED – REFUNDS AVAILABLE FROM POINT OF SALE

Harmonic presents

MEGAFAUN

+   guests

Crammed Discs is pleased to release Megafaun, the follow-up to MEGAFAUN’s critically acclaimed, Gather, Form & Fly, which Pitchfork called “ingeniously ramshackle” in a rave review.

To assign the music on Megafaun a genre would be a futile; the band has long been hailed for its diverse musical conversations, but this record creates a unique language all its own. The album’s 14 tracks range from raw, unhurried rock & roll to cacophonous percussive blasts, from brassy instrumental free jazz to mournful delta blues. The band—Joe Westerlund and brothers Phillip and Bradley Cook—recorded the album late last year at April Base in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, the studio of former bandmate Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and produced it themselves along with BJ Burton.

The album opens with Real Slow, a bold and emotional statement about the group and its roots. From there the record unfolds in a million directions, moving beyond the back porches of Americana into wholly new and uncanny sonic territory, where gorgeous, earthy melodies blossom into unsettling time signatures and swirling electronic soundscapes.

MEGAFAUN’s roots reach back to Eau Claire, WI, USA the hometown of all three members. With Justin Vernon they formed the band DeYarmond Edison and moved to North Carolina. That band broke up in 2006, but from its ashes rose Bon Iver and MEGAFAUN, two of the most critically acclaimed indie projects in music today. Over the course of two previous LPs and one EP, the band has toured the United States & Europe with The Mountain Goats, Bowerbirds, Akron/Family, and more. SPIN raved that MEGAFAUN’s last full-length, Gather, Form & Fly, was “epic,” while Mojo extolled that it “provoke[s] wows and crikeys of crooked pleasure.”

The prestigious Duke University recently commissioned MEGAFAUN to create and perform Sounds of the South, a concert based on the rural folk songs collected by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax during his early travels. The trio reimagined the music through their own brand of experimental Americana and collaborated with Richmond’s Fight the Big Bull avant-jazz ensemble, acclaimed songwriter Sharon Van Etten, and Vernon on the project, which was presented for three nights in Durham and again at Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival to raves.

The band was built by brothers Brad and Phil Cook and fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Joe Westerlund from the ashes of DeYarmond Edison, the group they had formed with longtime friend Justin “Bon Iver” Vernon.

Megafaun are part of that rare breed of young artists driven by an unquenchable thirst for a wide range of sounds and styles. Pick a song at random, and don’t be surprised to hear delicate Appalachian banjo figures, tumbling Steve Reich pianos, sumptuous multi-part harmonies or bracing, string-scraping dissonance…

The unique mixture of songcraft and improvisational spirit Megafaun have grown to command. While very much at ease with several strains of American folk music, they’re masterfully reinventing tradition by infusing it with radically alien elements.

Crammed Is pleased to offer three recordings from this remarkable group: Gather, Form & Fly, Heretofore, and the latest self titled release, Megafaun.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIgpNUYhLtM

MEGAFAUN, “Carolina Days” Music Video from Sirocco Research Labs on Vimeo.

Megafaun – His Robe | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

TICKETS:CANCELLED

€17.50 (including booking fee) available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

FESTIVAL OF THE CHARIOTS BENEFIT GIG

Festival of the Chariots Benefit Gig featuring

NURSERY CRYMES

THE TECTONICS

THE LOFIRES

KING MODO

Festival of the Chariots (Rathayatra) is a huge festival for Lord Krishna and His devotees. An extraordinary chariot festival that originates in Jagannatha Puri on the east coast of India and dates back over 2,000 years.

Everyone chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and dances in ecstacy as Krishna in His most merciful form of Jagannatha is pulled along on a huge wooden cart.

In Puri, there are three carts (chariots), one for each of the Deities of Jagannatha, Subhadra, and Balarama. In Dublin, Sri Sri Jaganath Baladeva Subhadra share a single cart.

Jaganath is a name for Krishna meaning Lord of the Universe. Balarama is Krishna’s brother and Subhadra, His sister. The English loanword juggernaut in the sense of “a huge wagon carrying Lord Jaganath” is inspired by the Rathayatra festival.

At the end of the procession, there is a big gathering of devotees with feasting, stalls and spiritual entertainment.

On Wednesday August 8th, we’re holding a benefit gig for the 2012 Rathayatra festival in Dublin. More details to follow…

So, we hope to see you at the benefit gig and make sure to come to Sri Sri Jaganth, Baladeva and Subhadra’s Rathayatra festival in Dublin this September.

Jaya Jaganath, Baladeva, Subhadra!!

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http://soundcloud.com/les-keye/sets/bird-in-the-snow/

http://soundcloud.com/king-modo-1/sets/king-modo/

TICKETS

€10 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

BOUTS

BOUTS

+ TREMOYA & AMATEUR HISTORIANS

No hype, no gimmicks, just Bouts.

Our brand new, limited edition, double a-side 7inch is available to purchase right here: http://gimmebouts.com/

2010’s debut album “New Ways of Saying NO” resides here also…and, again, for free!

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THE FLAWS

THE FLAWS

+   Heritage Centre

 

The Flaws release ‘Let’s Fight’ on iTunes on July 6th and mark the occasion with a Dublin date in Whelans.

The Flaws exploded onto the Irish music scene in late 2007 when their debut long player ‘Achieving Vagueness’ was released to universal critical acclaim. It entered the Irish Top 20 and lead to both Choice and Meteor nominations. Having toured the debut for over 18 months solid playing some amazing shows across the country including memorable sets at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic ’08 and Oxegen the band took a well deserved break.

In October 2010 the band released their new album ‘Constant Adventure’. This much anticipated second album was recorded at Tumbleweed Studios in Dundalk, was self produced and mixed and engineered by Jason Varley. The end result showcased just how much The Flaws have grown as a band, track after track boasts beautiful harmonies and dazzles with glittering guitars.

With the departure of original bass player Dane McMahon in early 2012 the band were compelled to look themselves squarely in the eye. They did what they have always done best. They sat down and wrote some dazzling new songs. One of these was Let’s Fight and working with producer Rob Kirwan over the course of a couple of days in late May the band beat, welded and angle-ground the raw material of the song into their toughest, punchiest (excuse the pun) track to date. Under an exterior made from solid muscle the hallmarks of the band’s sound are there, Colin Berrill’s relentless drum attack, Paul mallon’s pulsing bass, the soaring harmonies, and the sumptuous melodic interplay between Paul Finn and Shane Malone’s guitars. With more fantastic songs in their arsenal it’s safe to say that The Flaws are back and this time the gloves are off.

The Flaws launch ‘Let’s Fight’ with a show in Whelan’s on Friday 6th July.

 

What the Press Say:

‘a sumptuous slice of classy pop rock’ Jackie Hayden Hot Press

‘Such grace and elegance doesn’t come without the careful nurturing of creative aspirations’

Jackie Hayden Hot Press

Constant Adventure…………….’is a hugely confident step forward……..’ Lauren Murphy Irish

Times ***

‘a serious of delightful radio friendly pop songs that ………..sound fresh and beguiling’,

Eamon Carr The Herald

‘The Flaws deserve to be heard’, Eamon Carr The Herald

 

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TICKETS

€10 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

JONATHAN CASEY

JONATHAN CASEY

+  guests

Following extended stays in New York and London, rock singer/songwriter Jonathan Casey is firmly settled in Dublin. His debut album ‘The Opening Night’ is set to establish him as a key voice in Irish music and one which fans of U2, Coldplay and Radiohead have already welcomed.

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SHONEN KNIFE

Whelanslive.com presents

SHONEN KNIFE

+  SMALLGANG

Who are Shonen Knife?

The groundbreaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop like The Ramones.

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VERONA RIOTS

 

VERONA RIOTS

+  guests

 

Verona Riots play energetic and upbeat indie-pop music, decorated by piano & shimmering electric guitars and carried by strong vocal harmonies. Their debut EP, This Sunken Romance, earned them a slot at HWCH in 2010. Summer 2012 will see the release of a single and taster EP from ‘Cathedrals’, the forthcoming debut album.

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TICKETS

€5 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

MIDNIGHT HOUR – CANJA RAVE

featuring –

CANJA RAVE

Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.

Doors: 11:30pm

“Canja Rave are a big-sound duo who wear rock references in spades – drawing comparisons to Raveonettes, Pixies and Sonic Youth at their SXSW debut last year.”
(Shelley Lee Jones – Huck Magazine – London, U.K)

“If The White Stripes had made some babies, Canja Rave would be the black sheep of the family.”
(Flo Hayler – Visions Magazine, Fritz Radio, and owner of The Ramones Museum – Berlin, Germany)

“…this is the same composition as another famous band, and make the obvious observation that the primary difference is that Canja Rave has a drummer that can actually play drums… big garagey sound, huge for a two-piece and a hell of a stage presence…”
(Ryan Cooper – Punk Music Guide – Detroit, U.S.A)

“Canja Rave makes rock music full of personality, with creative sounds and lyrics.”
(Cinthya Oliveira – Jornal Hoje em Dia – Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Bold and fun. Tough and funny. Loud and heartfelt. Paula Nozzari and Chris Kochenborger form Canja Rave, a powerful and melodic rock duo for whom no obstacle is big enough to detract them from the commitment to live life thru their music.

Following their intense and successful touring of the US and Europe between 2008 and 2010, and their move to Europe in 2011, Canja Rave begins 2012 by releasing their third album, “Dirty Shoes, Balls and Old Songs”, recorded at their new base town of Berlin, Germany, and mixed in the US, at the Nuthouse Recording, NJ. The album contains 9 new original songs featuring Paula’s quintessential power drumming and Chris’ to the point guitar riffs, all sustaining catchy melodies and English lyrics ranging from sarcastic social and political comments (“Never Ready for a War”) to endearing (“Ducks”) and humorous (“So Lucky”) introspective snapshots with a twist, often inspired by the band’s unusual experiences during their US tours (“Accident”). The album was produced and recorded by New York based producer Alvaro Alencar, who has been awarded 10 Latin Grammy awards to date, and works eclectically with artists from all origins and styles.

“Dirty Shoes, Balls and Old Songs” powerful sounding tracks with their natural ambiences and original sonic signature reflect the live energy that elevates the spirit of the fans in Canja’s live performances. Chris’ vocals are edgy, as is his guitar sound, and Paula brings along with her no nonsense power drumming the beautiful countermelodies which she performs on the melodica. As a lonely and very inspired outside contribution, the title track brings in Hique Gomez and his enticing violin which boldly challenges the main melody in a sonic rush of energy.

Canja Rave’s 2008 debut album, “Da Canja a Rave” (Portuguese lyrics) and its follow-up release “Badango” (also with Portuguese lyrics and produced by Detroit icon Jim Diamond of The White Stripes fame) were the previous landmarks in a 6 years career that took the band to over 200 live performances, in 3 continents, over 100 of them in the USA (30 states and 23,000 km, plus Canada). In Europe, CR performed in England, Germany, Scotland, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland… and of course they found some time to perform in their homeland Brazil..

Extensive touring and 3 albums in 4 years are not the only feat in Canja Rave’s joyful ride. The band received two prizes in 2010, from the Sonicbids website for South by Southwest and for Songwriting at The Music Think Tank Festival in Milan, Italy, and were also acclaimed by many fans and supporters in multiple festival appearances: Dfest 2009 (Tulsa – Oklahoma), South by Southwest – SXSW 2009 and 2010 (Austin – Texas), United Islands 2011 (Praha – Czech Republic), Liverpool Sound City 2009 and 2011 (Liverpool – UK), The Music Think Tank 2010 (Milan – Italy), The Metro Times Blowout 2010 (Hamtramck – Detroit, Michigan), Motorcity Special #1 (Detroit, Michigan), Grito Rock 2009 and 2011 (South America), Rec Beat 2007 (Recife – Brazil), Fête de La Musique 2011 (Berlin – Germany).

With the new record ready to be delivered to the fans, Canja Rave is eager to show their recent explorations in the one place they feel truly at home: on the road.

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TICKETS

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

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

CHOKING VICTIM

CHOKING VICTIM

+  CHEWING ON TINFOIL & CROWS

CHOKING VICTIM
NYC Anarcho Ska-Punk – Choking Victim broke up in 1999, on the day they recorded their album ‘No Gods, No Masters’ for Hellcat Records. Since they had never toured in Europe, frontman Stza will be touring the UK, Ireland and France with the backing of Dublin Ska/Punk band Chewing on Tinfoil, exclusively playing the songs of Choking Victim.

CHEWING ON TINFOIL

Take some guys. Add a handful of instruments and sprinkle with a mess of influences, and you’ve managed to make Chewing on Tinfoil. Rinse and repeat vigorously for three years in a cottage built on the burial site of an ex-communicated, fornicating monk, and the result is a band that play music they like. Enjoy responsibly.

CROWS

That tabloid grabbing hardcore band that shocked the nation and taught the public that being a punk in Ireland was actually kinda okay.

TICKETS

€10 @ the door

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

HERITAGE CENTRE

HERITAGE CENTRE

– Single Launch –

+ BOUTS
Gearing up for the release of their debut album, Heritage Centre take to the stage at Whelans to play a very special show!

As a thank you for the continued support and patience of everyone who’s stuck with the band these last few years the show is free in and will be accompanied that week by a free download of their track Oldest Friend to mark the occasion!

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TICKETS

FREE ENTRY

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.

RADIO ROOM – EP LAUNCH

RADIO ROOM

When You’ve Made It – Ep Launch

+ THE DARK LANES & SHILOH PLACE

RADIO ROOM are four incredibly handsome hand models from Middle Earth who love hanging out at oxygen bars and betting on snail races.

All that, is a lie! A terrible one at that.

Radio Room are four young Dublin lads who make lovely summertime Indie music.

Dancey riffs, thoughtful rhythm, lead bass, and hyperactive drums are the descriptions used to describe Radio Room’s current back catalogue.

When they aren’t busy writing and recording in the studio, you can usually find them on the road playing shows.

The guys are set to release their new EP ‘When You’ve Made It’ this summer, which has already gained recognition through their new single ‘Functions’, notching up 1,000 plays in 3 days.

Starting to make a name for themselves internationally with music lovers, they have already booked more recording time and are working hard on new material.

2012 is all mapped out and looking like Radio Room’s year.

AXIS OF

Youth of a Nation presents

AXIS OF

+ Ginola & Gascan Rucku

 

“The most exciting band to come out of Northern Ireland, possibly ever. 9/10” Rocksound

Axis Of’s brand of Alternative Hardcore was born in a shed on the wind battered North Coast just over 2 years ago. Hundreds of shows, 6 UK tours, over a month touring mainland Europe, numerous radio sessions for the likes of Across the line and BBC Radio one, Maida Vale in London. Articles in AU, Kerrang, Hotpress, Irish News, Rocksound, The Fly. Two sold out singles and single launch shows in Belfast. Support slots with Therapy?, King Blues, Deaf Havana, The Joy Formidable, Lower Than Atlantis and a debut album being finished in Start Together studios Belfast right now, Axis of show no signs of slowing.

 

 

Ginola

Like your music loud? Then look no further than Ginola. This ragged Dublin punk trio have hardly put a foot wrong over the past twelve months, impressing with a number of singles, split releases and numerous scintillating live shows. Their forte is loud highly charged punk-rock with hopping basslines and battering drums.

 

Gascan Ruckus 

Gascan Ruckus aren’t very subtle, they arent very tactful and they don’t beat around the bush. What they are is visceral, frantic and angry. Playing sheer punk rock recalling the likes of The Flatliners and The Bronx.

2011 has been a hectic year already with a first single release under their belts and a UK tour completed including a sought after show at Liverpool Sound City Festival, and a support slot with Dinosaur Pile-Up. Gascan Ruckus are chomping at the bit for more.

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TICKETS

Tickets on sale Monday 11th June priced  €10 (including booking fee) from www.tickets.ie &  www.wavtickets.ie &www.whelanslive.com

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

SORCHA RICHARDSON

SORCHA RICHARDSON

+ SLOW SKIES

Sorcha Richardson is a 21-year-old musician from Dublin, whose atmospheric folk has been compared by both Nialler9 and Jim Carroll of the Irish Times to Bon Iver.  After moving to New York at 18 to study writing, Sorcha returned home her first summer and play her debut Dublin show upstairs at the Twisted Pepper.  Since then, she has been writing, recording and gigging steadily, both at home and in New York.

Since the beginning of 2012, Sorcha’s most popular song to date, “I Heart NYC” has received increasing radio play across the country.   The song, which has been widely remixed, will be released on vinyl later this year by Berlin label Trackord Records with remixes from Karl M, Tristan Fogel and Nils Hoffmann.

Sorcha is currently putting the finishing touches to her new EP, set for release at the end of June. She will return home for a few weeks this summer to play a single Dublin show, Upstairs at Whelan’s.

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TICKETS

Tickets €7 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/Electro Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm til late (FREE ENTRY).

SEANIE VAUGHAN

SEANIE VAUGHAN

+ with special guests Kenneth Coyne and Damien McMahon

Support Shane O’ Brien

 

In the aftermath of his debut album “Altered Vision” and a rip-roaring show in The Button Factory last February, the dust has settled and Seánie Vaughan lands at Whelan’s to introduce his latest release, the new single “The Fall”.

He ticked off 2011 as a relatively successful year for an independent artist with support slots in The Olympia Theatre and The Waterfront Hall in Belfast, being playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and RTE Radio 1, gaining airplay on Today FM, 98Fm and Radio Nova and getting to no.5 in the Irish Indie Albums Charts.

Tonight, Seánie will be joined on stage by Kenneth Coyne on lead guitar and Damien McMahon (Tupelo) on Bass. It will really be a special show, pared back from the normal set which features an 8-piece band. This will be an honest performance with soulful vocals, slick guitar and a guest performance on bass from Damien McMahon from one of Ireland’s best emerging bands, Tupelo.

ELEVENS

ELEVENS

+ Special guests

‘New Beginning’ – EP Launch

ELEVENS is a three piece acoustic band from Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2009 by Martin McCann and Tony Barrett from two of Dublin’s most prestigious Indie bands (SACK and BRILLIANT TREES), it wasn’t long before a third member Mark Healy (THE JOSEPHS / JERRY FISH & THE MUDBUG CLUB) joined forces to add some tonal colour to complete the overall sound. What sets ELEVENS apart from the average acoustic setup is their collaborations with photographers and visual artists to incorporate a subtle and complimentary backdrop for ELEVENS’ poignant tales of love lost and found. In todays climate of the harsh and abrasive, ELEVENS have come to soothe the senses with their simple arrangements and unique delivery.

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TICKETS

€12.50 incl booking feeavailable online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR w/ MOSCOW METRO

featuring –

MOSCOW METRO

Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.

Doors: 11:30pm

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)

 

FUSION FAMILY

FUSION FAMILY

+ Red Kid (acoustic set) & Nite Jewel

 

Fusion Family have been invited to L.A. this summer to make an album with super producer and ex Black Grape member Danny Saber who has worked with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Alice Cooper,  Public Enemy,  Marlin Manson, Garbage, Willey Nelson, Black Grape, U2 to name but a few.Danny is including Fusion Family’s latest single ‘The Last Time’ on ‘Saber Bytes 2′, a record which hits stores across the US in July of this year.Saber Bytes 1 which was released in 2009 reached an impressive number 15 in the American billboard charts.The Band are now preparing the material with Brian Masterson (The Chieftains, U2, The red Hot Chili Peppers, Kila, Nora Jones) and are getting ready for Travelling to L.A. this summer.

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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).

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