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Whelan’s Trad and Folk Festival is delighted to have folk rock act Black Bank Folk for a headline event on Thur 22nd Aug. Tickets are €10 in advance / €12 on the door and are available now from

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Whelan’s Trad and Folk Festival, in association with Smithwick’s Irish Ales, takes place from Wed 14th – Sat 24th Aug in Whelan’s of Wexford St. Many of the concerts are FREE ENTRY with a few ticketed headline events by the likes of Daoirí Farrell, Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny and Gerry O’Connor, plus more to be announced.

Showcasing quality Irish music, you can expect some of Ireland’s most loved acts alongside some of Ireland’s brightest hopes. The weekend festival from 16th-18th will be entirely FREE and will bring together over 20 acts across 2 stages in Whelan’s.

Keep an eye on for more announcements.



Black Bank Folk burst onto the Irish music scene in 2016 with their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rising’.

‘.. stories of love, faith, loss and vision are told with fluency and grace..The sweeping arc shaping this collection gives the stories of the Rising an immediacy that will likely resonate with a whole new audience.’ 4/5 The Ticket- The Irish Times

‘Superior Folk-rock with an historical message. A hugely rewarding listen’ 7/10 Hot Press

‘The songs swing from Irish folk to contemporary indie and soft americana..winsome harmonies..poignan, well-written work’ Sunday Times

‘Top 10 Albums of 2016’ – The Irish Sun

They spent 2016 and much of 2017 touring the country including 3 Vicar St appearances supporting Damien Dempsey and performances at Electric Picnic 2016 and 2017. The band went back into the studio with Gavin Glass last year to begin recording Last Star Fall, the follow up to Rising. This album promises much. Recorded at Orphan Studios and featuring a collaboration track with Damien Dempsey, the album shows a musical progression from the bands first outing. Last Star Fall was launched on the 26th June to a sell out crowd in Lost Lane.


€10 adv / €12 door

Advanced tickets available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 01 4780766 (9:30am-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

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


Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.