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Whelan’s Newest Music Night



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Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills.It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.



Idle Hands are from KilKeel, Northern Ireland and were formed at the end of 2009 when new front woman Natalie Glenny joined the band with Gordon McBride on guitar, Mervyn Wilson on bass and Darren McBride on drums.

The band were formally known as ‘deni reality’ and had a punk sound but are now feeling like they’ve found their place with the rock and blues scene.

The band have gone from strength to strength since forming and intend to continue to grow over the coming years.

Idle Hands were lucky as a newly formed band to get the opportunity to play blues on the Bay Festival in May 2010 with great success which lead to being asked back for a second year at the fabulous festival and with praise, such as;

‘Relatively new to the blues circuit, the festival is pleased to introduce ‘Idle Hands’. With a wide rockin’ repertoire of popular and own songs, front woman ‘Natalie’s stunning looks and sounds captivate the crowd every time. Don’t miss this premier class performance’.

At the end of July 2011 Idle Hands entered the Narrow Water Studio to begin recording which brought them to the conclusion that they craved a fuller sound which lead to second guitarist Kevin O’ Hagan joining the band. With some blood, sweat and tears Idle hands were proud to release their debut album

‘Love, Peace, Lies and Mellon Collie’

The band are hoping that this album will increase their fan base and will get them one step closer to their vision of success.

Aspirations of a plentiful 2012 keep this band fully driven and yearning for more!

‘Although singer/songwriters are ten a penny these days, occasionally a goldmine of talent like this comes along’. That was how KILLER CEOL was described by in their recent review of his album.

KILLER CEOL is a solo artist from Dublin who plays guitar, harmonica and tambourine in his live performances, but took charge of all the instruments on his debut album ‘KILLER’. He has received amazing reviews from Hotpress( ‘Killer Ceol has thankfully slotted into his own groove and could be a real contender….’- Jackie Hayden) and has appeared on Radio Nova, RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta, as well as many other radio stations. In the past he has had the pleasure of supporting such artists as The Coronas, Aslan, The Pat McManus Band and the Knights of Leon (Kings of Leon tribute band)

KILLER CEOL’s music is in the acoustic/punk/rock genre and he has been playing music for over fifteen years. He is influenced by bands like U2, Green Day, Oasis, Mundy and Paddy Casey to name but a few. He has travelled extensively with his music and has played all over the world: USA, Spain, Fuerteventura, Thailand, Bali, Australia and New Zealand. This musical journey has taught him how to entertain any crowd and has given him a confident stage presence.

In 2010 KILLER CEOL decided it was time to record his first album. He spent seven days from February to September putting down the tracks that would make up his first long playing record. KILLER CEOL wrote all of the music&lyrics, played all the instruments involved, and with the help of his producer Mark Reddy, produced and mixed them to sound like a full band.

The album warranted rave reviews from Hotpress ( ‘fret-melting guitar work and pounding drums……excellent bass work and a gutsy vocal……has thankfully slotted into his own groove and could be a real contender…..’),

Irish ( ‘although singer/songwriters are ten a penny these days, occasionally a Goldmine of talent like this comes along’)

and The Fingal Independant (‘tracks leave the listener with a hearty glow and a nod of admiration to an artist doing things for himself – and thriving…’)

The future looks very bright for the Dublin singer songwriter….


Some 3 years ago Seamus (lead vocals) and Aidan (lead guitar) friends from their college times came together to try and create songs from the writings which Seamus had produced arising from severe personal circumstances.

Having worked for over 18 months Seamus and Aidan had developed a substantial catalogue of songs comprised of heartfelt lyrics combined with Aidan’s experience of rock and country music. The guys took to playing in numerous Dublin venues in an acoustic arrangement and now in the past number of months have hooked up with previous collaborators of Aidan’s. Brothers Darren (bass and backing vocals) and Stephen (drums) were introduced to bring their vast experience to the set up and ensure that the songs could be recorded and delivered to a larger audience.

Nightless Days are working to record their first EP for release in early 2013. Their hope is that they can effectively deliver their stories through song where the rough edge adds character and longevity to their hard work.