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Put simply, Engine Alley are one of the best Irish bands ever, and God only knows how we’ve persuaded them to reform after all these years for a special headline performance at Whelan’s on July 23rd.  So – for those of you under the age of thirty – here comes the history lesson.  Engine Alley formed in Kilkenny in the late 1980s when the Kenealy brothers (Canice and Brian) teamed up with Eamonn Byrne and moved to Dublin to take over the world.  They then joined forces with Ken Rice and Emmaline Duffy-Fallon, and quickly built up an impressive reputation for their superb live performances.  In 1991, they were signed by U2’s own label, Mother Records, and soon after that, they released their fantastic debut album, A Sonic Holiday, produced by Steve Lillywhite.  This fine album contained such glorious hits as ‘Infamy’, ‘Mrs. Winder’ and ‘Song for Someone’, and it deservedly won the Hot Press award for Best Irish Album in 1992.  The band then toured the UK and the US.  In 1995, Engine Alley released their second album, entitled Shot in the Light.  It had a much darker sound than their glam-pop debut album, and although it didn’t register the same number of hit singles, it was unanimously praised by music critics here and abroad.  Unfortunately Engine Alley broke up a year after that, and the Irish music scene certainly lost one of its most entertaining and talented bands.  You would have to be mad to miss this rare chance to see exactly how good Engine Alley really are when they play live.  You know it makes sense, Rodney.

Vocals and guitar – Canice Kenealy

Guitar – Brian ‘The Lion’ Kenealy

Bass – Eamonn Byrne

Drums – Paul O’Byrne


Pony Club

Put simply (again), Pony Club are also one of the best Irish bands ever.  (If you don’t believe us, check with Morrissey, because that’s his opinion too.)  We’re genuinely delighted to announce that Pony Club will be supporting Engine Alley in Whelan’s on July 23rd.  What a line-up!  In the last decade Pony Club have released three brilliant albums – Post Romantic, Family Business and Home Truths – and we would strongly encourage you to buy every single one of them – twice.  Pony Club are now working on their fourth studio album, due for release in September, and they will also have a new single out this summer.

Enda Muldoon

We’re very big fans of Enda Muldoon’s stand-up comedy, and we always look forward to his explosive rants – although, in truth, we may have to get extra insurance for our stage equipment now that he’s on the line-up.  Anyway, it’s a small price to pay to see this lovable comic genius / deranged babbling psychopath.  It’s a very thin line with him sometimes.  As a prominent social commentator once remarked about Enda – ‘The race to the bottom is over.  Come and see the winner!’

Show starts at 8.45pm sharp.


€16 (including booking fee) avialable from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078].