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Wed 2nd Nov 2022

Whelan’s Upstairs


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Trophy Wife (Ruby Smyth) is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Ireland.

Ruby prides Trophy Wife’s sound on being influenced by a diverse number of sonic and aesthetic palettes. She cites a wide range of musical influences from Jazz to Pop to Classic Rock – all evident in the textures of Art. Although listing Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and Debussy among her favourite musicians, Trophy Wife’s music easily fits alongside that of her popular contemporaries such as King Princess, Clairo, Lizzo and MUNA. Trophy Wife demonstrates a refreshing ability to amalgamate her knowledge of Art, Literature and Music to create an aesthetically ambitious sonic expression in an articulate and outspoken way, that is simultaneously Pop and Alternative. While embracing Pop Culture, she is very aware of its many pitfalls and shortcomings. This perspective informs her music, inspiring her to create accessible pieces but yet still tackle engaging concepts and challenging lyrics.

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“Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis, the Dubliner also known as Ruby Smyth boldly incorporates literary and artistic influences into her remarkable output. Penned whilst living in Barcelona, her debut manages to be all squelchy and electro one moment, and primetime Joni Mitchell the next.” – Hot Press

“Italy becomes a passionate sermon letting the listener know; while Trophy Wife intends to operate within the sphere of Pop music, she will not be bound by any of its rules – If she wants to let rip a la Gary Moore, she’s going to let rip.” “‘Art’ is a promising debut EP. If there is a downside, perhaps it’s that there doesn’t seem to be a consistent sonic thread throughout. No definable Trophy Wife “sound”. But maybe that’s essentially what Smyth is trying to say. Maybe that’s the beauty of Art.” – GoldenPlec

“Ruby Smyth is the artist behind the Trophy Wife project whose just-released debut EP entitled Art copper-fastened her appeal. The singles ‘On The Phone’ and ‘Beauty Queen’ display an individual penchant for immediate alt- pop with the funk bump of the former contrasting with the indie-soul of the latter. A unique prospect” – Nialler9

“For Trophy Wife, a solo artist and skilled producer, influences come from every walk of life as she finetunes every aspect of her artistic zeal. While many artists prioritize the melodic science behind producing songs, Smyth focuses on all aspects of her brand, from image to song material to album art.” 

“Trophy Wife exudes an energy similar to that of a seasoned veteran and a musician with decades of experience and knowledge. Speaking with her about music is like being taught the art of negligence by Trinity College: a lesson from a maestro. For Ruby Smyth, her musical career is only beginning. And as a master of all things expressive, Trophy Wife’s artistry is only on the up.” – Maeve Harris, Trinity News

“Fusing a depth of knowledge of Art, Literature and Music, Trophy Wife has created an upcoming EP that is simultaneously Pop and Alternative. Creating from a perspective of recognising and embracing the highs of Pop Culture, Trophy Wife remains aware of its darker side, aiming to create accessible, popular music whilst infusing this with challenging concepts and lyrics” – N-eight Online Zine


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Amy Ellen is a Dublin based artist. Her music is a combination of soft rock and dream pop with hints of the 90’s underground scene. The inspiration for her sound is a true reflection of Ellen’s taste, being a fan of Green Day, Broken Social Scene, Soccer Mommy and Kurt Vile.

Her latest single ‘Day Dreamin’ (released on May 27th, 2022) was added to RTÉ Radio 1 recommends playlist, in addition to being played on KEXP and featured in Irish press such as Hot Press and GoldenPlec. Amy is set to release her new single ‘Falling’ on the 28tth of October.

“Amy Ellen has proved to be one of the most exciting artists of the growing Irish indie-rock/pop scene.” – Hot Press


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Still Blue are an Indie Pop band based in Dublin, Ireland. The band is led by vocalist/songwriter Nicole Lyons with Ruairi Forde on lead guitar, drums by Greg Kearns and Colin Peppard on the bass.

Since having formed at the beginning of the pandemic, Still Blue have released four tunes accumulating in over 100k streams on Spotify alone. The band have played in many music venues across Ireland including a sold out headline show in The Workman’s Club Cellar, Output Belfast and closing the We’ve Only Just Begun Festival in Whelan’s. They’re back in the studio recording their next project and have planned to release music early next year.


€13 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 Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.