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Sat 15th Oct 2022

Whelan’s Upstairs

The Burma are an Indie Rock N’ Roll band based in Cork, Ireland. Since the release of their Sugar Moonlight EP, the band has gained extensive airplay in Ireland, the UK and across University Radio Stations in the US. The 3 piece is made up of Tony O Donovan (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Peter Piggott (Lead Guitar, Synths and Backing Vocals) – both from Cobh Co. Cork, and Cian Doherty (Drummer and Percussionist) from Doolin, Co. Clare. The band is named after The Burma Steps in Cobh.

Accrediting their sound to influences of the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s, The Burma lists bands such as The Killers, Tame Impala, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes as their inspiration. They have landed support slots for acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Ryan Sheridan, The Blizzards, Paddy Casey, The Frank and Walters and more.

The Burma’s Sugar Moonlight is a multi track EP released on April 3, 2020. It has garnered over 80,000 streams across streaming platforms. “Same Again” – the lead single from the 5 track EP was exclusively premiered by Rolling Stone Magazine 6 days before its official release. The band was featured in major press platforms such as Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine, Hot Press, IMRO, Jammerzine, and Goldenplec off the back of the release of Sugar Moonlight.

The Burma are releasing their debut album on the 14/10/2022. The lead single – “Don’t Believe Your Dreams” went straight to No.1 in the iTunes singles charts and entered at No. 6 in the Homegrown Top 20 in the Official Charts. “Sleepers” – the second single from the bands upcoming debut also landed straight in on the Irish charts at No.4 on iTunes and No. 12 in the Homegrown Top 20. A third single is due on August 26th before the release of the bands highly anticipated debut album on October 14th.

“Dancey, glowing indie rock” – Rolling Stone

“A desire to express something different – couple this with a poignant sense of intimacy” – Clash Magazine

“The Cork trio shimmer, jangle and sneer in all the right places.” – Hot Press

“Jangly guitar pop at its finest.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM


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€13.50 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