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Sun 25th Sept 2022

Whelan’s Upstairs

Luxembourgish singer-songwriter Jerome Reuter founded ROME (the name is derived from his first name) in 2005 and has since recorded and released ground-breaking albums in the underground folk and post-industrial music world at a breath-taking pace. ROME’s musical and lyrical world is genuinely unique, blending traditional song writing craftsmanship, unusual arrangements and fine poetry into one monstrous and intimate musical output that combines chanson, dark ambient, apocalyptic folk, pop, acoustic rock, martial industrial, cold wave — all rolled into one impressive avantgarde package. Over a series of remarkable concept albums, the Luxembourgish artist has developed a unique ‘poetry of longing’ which rings out from the dark melancholic mist of rootlessness and which gives expression to a comprehensive feeling of modern forlornness. The protagonists of his music are the unintentional ‘rebels’ of Camus, contemporaries from the turbulent epochs of the 20th century: the banished and the hunted; the despised and the misunderstood. Reuter’s songs are firmly in the tradition of chansonnier heroes like JACQUES BREL and LÉO FERRÉ, but in a strange mélange with the darker brands of (post-)industrial music culture. Rome’s lyrics are inspired by world literature from Camus to Genet and Jerome’s frequent use of collage and sampling techniques serves to create a new kind of intertextuality between word and sound. The lyrical beauty of Reuter's compositions, the depths of his poetry and the complex experimental arrangements make ROME an unusually challenging musical experience. ROME is the main music project of Luxembourgish singer-songwriter Jerome Reuter formed in 2005.



Irish Folk group Rack & Ruins have come together with the aim of bringing their unique and exciting original music to the European Folk and World Music concert circuit. Described as “raw and exciting”, and blending their combined experience of many styles of music, they create a distinctive and edgy sound rooted in Irish traditional music and song. Rack & Ruins have already completed concert tours in Ireland, Switzerland and Italy, where they played the prestigious Triskell International Celtic Festival in Trieste. The unique Rack & Ruins sound is made up by frontman, guitarist and vocalist Brian Brody and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hanaphy on guitar, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle and vocals. Rack & Ruins have received many comparisons, the most regular of which would be The Pogues, Makem & Clancy and even The Dubliners, but with a fresh contemporary feel to their music.With 3 albums under their belt within 18 months and a 4th album in the works, Rack & Ruins show no sign of slowing down or resting. Rack & Ruins collaborations so far include writing and performing with Neo-folk band ROME on their album ‘The Dublin Sessions’ and also a live performance with Italian folk legends Modena City Ramblers in Dublin’s Opium venue Vocalist Brian Brody says, “Rack & Ruins believe that modern Irish folk music has the potential to reach a wider and younger audience. We want to perform exciting new original Irish music and bring something new to the scene”



ROME: Facebook

RACK & RUINS: Facebook


€25 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.


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