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June 3, 2023


Jun 3, 2023 @ 8:00pm


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Sat 3rd Jun 2023

Whelan’s Upstairs

As a child Paddy would rush to get a guitar or play the piano very loudly in the hopes that you might hear it and request a song before you left. He was not imbued with a keen sense of subtlety or restraint but he has been working on this over the years.

His first real sense of feeling a connection to music was listening to Mick Flannery perform

‘Evening Train’ on the ‘Late Late Show’. From here there is a clear trajectory of influences – Mick

Flannery led him to Tom Waits. Tom Waits led Paddy to Randy Newman who would lead on to Nick Cave. Other influences would surface in later years but Flannery, Waits, Newman and Cave have formed the bedrock of Paddy’s music.

When he started writing his second album, Paddy lived alone on his father’s small farm in County Limerick. It was a long way from anywhere and afforded him plenty of time to think, write and play with everything on full volume. It was both cathartic and challenging. His forthcoming album is called ‘Love and Be Brave’, and that’s it. That’s the point of the album. Love bravely, never passively and don’t take love as a given thing in this world. It must be earned and protected fiercely.

If you make it to one of his shows be sure to come and say hi afterwards and tell him who you’re listening to at the moment.

His second album will be released on the 25th of May 2023. The latest single ‘If I Can’t’ will be released on the 9th of March.

“Little Light is a captivating, heart-wrenching showcase of how powerful folk music can be.” – Hotpress Magazine

“This man is a rare talent.” – Rolling Stone France

“You really couldn’t wish for a more impressive debut album” –


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€15 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.


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