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BARQ are a high energy 4-piece, fronted by acclaimed vocalist Jess Kav.

Jess had a great 2015 as a successful session-vocalist. Highlights included playing with Lethal Dialect, Le Galaxie, Kodaline and Jape. After years of making a name for herself, BARQ is Jess Kav’s debut fronting an original project.

Alongside Jess, BARQ consists of some of Ireland’s finest musicians; Stephen McHale (Lethal Dialect, Loah, Róisín O), Tommy Gray (Monster Monster, Zaska) and Neil Dorrington (Ryan Sheridan, Damien Dempsey).

In March 2016 BARQ released their debut single “Gentle Kind of Lies” to critical acclaim and a surge of media attention. The track was picked up Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s playirish USA, and two of Goldenplec’s Goldenstereo playlists.

BARQ have now been confirmed for a number of the leading festivals around the country including; Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul, Canalaphonic, Bray Jazz, Carlow Arts Festival, with more to be announced soon.

Following on from this success BARQ are having a launch party for their second single “That Thing You Love” upstairs in Whelan’s on May 29th.

The single was recorded by Alwyn Walker at Westland Studios, mixed by Scott Halliday at Orphan Recording and mastered by Grammy-Nominated, Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Chet Faker, Miami Horror).

“The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.” – Nialler9

“BARQ made their live debut at our #GoldenBeck showcase in The Workman’s Club…and it was instantly evident that BARQ are the real deal.” -Ros Madigan, Goldenplec

“BARQ are definitely one of the most exciting new acts on the Irish Music scene.” -RTE 2XM

“New Artist of the Week” – The Irish Times

Track of The Day – TXFM

Wednesday’s Twist – Dan Hegarty 2FM

“Impossibly tight grooves over otherworldly guitar lines and aggressively soulful vocals” –


€5 on the door

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).