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DOGS, AND THE SONG CYCLE TO GLASTONBURY

Wed 15th Jun 2022

Whelan’s Upstairs


Songwriting legends Nick Kelly and Sean Millar announce a new musical collaboration, and a series of uniquely sustainable live shows culminating in two Glastonbury performances. Multi-awarded Irish songwriters NICK KELLY and SEAN “DOCTOR” MILLAR have come together to form anew collaboration under the stage name DOGS. DOGS perform at Glastonbury’s BREAD AND ROSES tent on Friday June 24 (11.45) and Saturday June 25 (12.45). These performances are the culmination of THE SONG CYCLE, a novel tour conceived to start a conversation about more sustainable ways to perform live music, on which Nick and all his equipment will travel from the Ferry port in Pembroke to WorthyFarm by bicycle. Fellow-DOG Sean will make the same journey by train, joining Nick onstage each night.

Wed June 15 Dublin Whelan’s (Upstairs)
Sun June 19 Carmarthen CWRW
Mon June 20 Swansea Uplands Tavern
Tues June 21 Cardiff Porter’s
Wed June 22 Bristol Cloak and Dagger
FriJune 24 Glastonbury Bread and Roses
Sat June 25 Glastonbury Bread and Roses

NICK KELLY has been described as “Uncompromised and ever-shining, precious” by NME and “The most visual songwriter Ireland has ever produced” by Hot Press. He first came to prominence fronting fabled ‘90s band The Fat Lady Sings. He has subsequently released four acclaimed solo albums, the latter two as AlienEnvoy. He was awarded BestSolo Artist at the Irish Music Critics Awards in 1999, nominated for IrishAlbum of The Year at the inaugural Choice Music Prize in 2005, and voted Ireland’s #3 Best Songwriter in the Hot Press’s annual Readers’ Poll in 2015. In recent years Nick has also gained fame as a filmmaker. Having been Oscar-shortlisted for his third short “Shoe”,  his debut feature “The Drummer And The Keeper” won 18 major awards on the global festival circuit. He has performed his stage show “See:Hear”, in which he mixes live musical performances and film clips to explain how rock’n’roll has taught him to make movies, at both Ireland’s leading music and film festivals, the Electric Picnic and the Galway Film Fleadh.

SEAN MILLAR has been described as“an Irish National treasure, the Poet Laureate of Dublin’s dark side” by The Irish Times and as “Ireland’s greatest lyricist” by the RTE Guide. Also known as Doctor Millar, Sean has released five critically-acclaimed solo albums, and has been nominated for many awards for his work. He is also an internationally-acclaimed theatre maker and composer. Since the late 1990s, Seán has worked as an artist/facilitator on many community-based, socially-engaged collaborative music and theatre performances. His ground-breaking practise in this sphere has been the subject of several academic studies. Most recently he was invited to curate and perform at “Love Song Part 1: Communities of Dissent”, a retrospective celebration of his work on at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. DOGS is the unlikely result of Sean’s rash offer to house-sit for a friend in West Clare in late 2021, which also entailed looking after the family’s energetic 8-month-old German shepherd Yogi. In need of both moral and physical support for his unexpectedly onerous duties, Sean invited Nick to join him in Milton Malbay on the pretext of writing a few songs together. Somehow, despite (or maybe because of) the hyperactive influence of Yogi, the duo crafted a series of cracking new tunes together over six days, between big feeds, cold plunges and long walks. Dogs’ debut EP “Tricks” has just been released, and its opening track “Old Dog Young Dog”, a shimmering eliding of Laurel Canyon and Lahinch, is already playlisted on Ireland’s Radio 1.


CONNECT

NICK KELLY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

SEAN MILLAR: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp


TICKETS

€17 available online from Whelan’s.

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on all bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

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


AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.

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