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Sat 11th Fab 2023

Whelan’s Upstairs

After the independent release of his debut EP, simply titled ‘Moon looks on’, He was invited to play at St. James’ Church at Other Voices, as part of the IMRO Other Room special that was broadcast on RTE 2fm. Describing their sound, Tony Rea (Other Voices) said: “The easy outline for Moon looks on is a bit of Van Morrison mixed with a bit of The Waterboys.” Two more self-released singles followed – ‘Pray for the Rain’ and ‘Summertime in Bloom’. Stephen White of The Last Mixed Tape described ‘Pray for the Rain’ as having “a warm folk sound, interwoven musicality and heartfelt vocals.” Moon Looks On” continued to receive steady attention from fans and media alike, with radio play in Ireland and the UK. Producer Mike Hedges (The Cure/Manic Street Preachers/Travis) described Stephen’s compositions as “words and songs from the head and heart”.

Notable live appearances include Sligo Live, Electric Picnic, Westport Arts Festival, Knockanstockan, Somerset House in London and renowned 2000 Trees festival in The Cotswolds, UK. Stephen also played no less than three sets at Glastonbury Festival which he describes as “a truly amazing experience”. Having been booked to play two solo shows in the Croissant Neuf Field, Stephen was asked to perform a thirty-minute slot on the Croissant Neuf main stage in the Green Fields.

Moon Looks continued playing more gigs and recording their Album at Windmill Lane, where studio producers asked the band to represent the studio as an up and coming artist they are working with, for a host of invited music influencers, bloggers and journalists from across the globe.

Friends Keep Dropping, Razor Wire Skies and Sorry State Blues were the first 3 singles released off the album pre covid with these tracks gaining lots of attention globally including addition to the prestigious New Music Friday UK Spotify playlist.

In march 2022 the band released “Different Places, Different Games “ and Moon Looks On also released a solo version of another track “Bird On Fire” which was added to a number of high profile playlists including the alt folk playlist curated by Big Sun Records.


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€15 available online from Whelan’s.

– 50c per ticket service charge applies.

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


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos