Whelan’s 25th Anniversary Special
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Whelans 25th Anniversary celebrations continue with the announcement of the return of HamsandwicH, a band who’s initial rise to the upper echelon of the Irish music scene emanated from this very stage 10 years ago. On the night the band will pay homage to their late manager Derek Nally who’s own legacy with Whelans stretches back to the year it all started, initially as an independent promoter and subsequently as the much-respected venue booker. On the 4th anniversary of his passing, Whelans and HamsandwicH would like to acknowledge Derek’s legacy and contribution within the venue’s storied history.
The difference a few years can make in the life of a band can be many things, not least surprising and educational. They say a week is a long time in politics, but a few years in music is multiple lifetimes. And so HamsandwicH, the band you thought you knew very well, has turned into HamsandwicH, the band you second guess at your peril. You can tick the boxes here: being asked to perform with their heroes Arcade Fire & The Pixies in Marley Park, selling out Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in April, last year a support slot at Slane Castle, a direct special request to support Mumford & Sons at Phoenix Park, an invitation to the President of Ireland’s Garden Party on the lawn of his rather stately gaff. Not bad going for a band once battling with the dreaded ‘quirky’ tag, is it? Alongside the challenges of forging individuality within a commercial framework is the band’s work ethic, which over the years has ricocheted from pillar to post, but which latterly has landed in quick-setting concrete.
It has been over three years since the release of HamsandwicH‘s garlanded second album, White Fox, and while it remains for many something of a masterclass in quality indie pop (it featured in Irish Times’ writer Tony Clayton-Lea’s acclaimed book, 101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die) it is now viewed by the band as just their very astute second album. Currently recording their third album, HamsandwicH will showcase the new songs as well as roll out the classics.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s DJ w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm (Free Entry)