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Whelan’s Newest Music Night






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.


The hard Ground

Formed from the duo previously known as Berries Blue, The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright (keys, vocals), Pat Carey (guitar, vocals), Dave Duffy (bass), Dave Ryan (drums), Hugh Dillon (guitars).  Friends from their years spent in college in Cork city, and in various bands in the Cork music scene, The Hard Ground came together in earnest in 2011.  They immediately set about writing and recording their debut album in Cauldron Studios in Dublin in the summer of 2011.  The album, entitled Broken Conversations, is due for release in Summer 2012.


Clara Rose… songstress of rockin’ blues, saviour of rootsy folkand with a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck… has been writing and performing her original music for 10 years. Her acclaimed debut album, “A Portfolio” features 12 tracks; 10 original… The album saw her embark on a nationwide tour with her band. They graced venues such as: Whelans (Dublin), JJ Smyths (Dublin), The Cobblestone (Dublin),Bewleys Café Theatre (Dublin), McKennas Brewery (Monaghan), Auntie Annies (Belfast), McHughs (Drogheda) and the intimate Chapter One Café Sessions (Cavan).

Clara Rose is currently recording with Irish Blues Harmonica legend Don Baker. She has recorded 2 tracks for his upcoming album, “My Songs, My Friends”.Esteemed Irish artists such as Sinead O’ Connor, Eleanor McEvoy, Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Liam O’ Maonlai, Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose)and Finbar Furey also feature on this album which is due for release in Summer 2012.
Ziggy The Rabbit is: Kieran Murphy – Bass, backing vocals, keyboards & production, Ricky Cunningham – Guitar & Vocals, Luke Cunningham- Lead vocal, guitar & percussion, Josh Cautley -Vocals, guitar, everything.We’re a four piece recording band who rarely gig.

We concentrate really hard on the sounds we make and we make them in pretty primitive recording conditions. Ya might say we’re a bit delusional, and at times we are, but when ya work hard and stretch your talents to the limit sometimes folks listen. Our music could be defined as ‘Trippy Folk’ but we’re inspired by a bunch of different people so genres don’t matter to us once we’re truckin’. We’ve recorded our first EP ‘Winter’ and are workin’ pretty hard on a new project with the working title ‘Ocean Catastrophe Documentary’. We’ll be accompanied on the night by Rosa Nutty.


The RagMen 

The Ragmen started out playing country music to a confused Electric
Picnic Audience in 2010. They gradually began to perform our own
material in venues around Dublin and around the country including the
Grand Social and Whelans and again at Electric Picnic ’11.
They have just released our debut E.P. which was recorded live, over two
days in Start Together Studios, Belfast.
They draw on the wealth of roots and folk music for inspiration, from
Tommy Makem to Nick Cave. We put a lot of emphasis on playing live and
enjoy exploring the songs in front of a crowd.



If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email