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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 Ireland’s unsung and unsigned.


Able Archer are a five rock piece band from Dublin. After 6 months of a lineup changes the band finally became 5 in the summer of 2011. Since then they have gigged extensively around Dublin popping up in the usual haunts of The Workmans, Sweeneys, the Mezz, and the Sugar club.

Their live shows have been receiving some great reaction with Twenty1Zero Media choosing Able Archer as band to watch out for, saying: “The next act on our list are ABLE ARCHER and we really
like to see them play live. There is an earnest and humble approach to the way they work as a band and it is a quality that results in their music being the most important thing about the band. They can also cut a pretty mean live show too.”

Superhuman the bands debut single, was released as a free download from the bands site in October 2012 and has been aired on Today FM, Radio Nova, Spin 103, Dublin city FM and highland radio with Ian Dempsey saying that the single “sounded like early U2” With an EP due for release in early 2013, the band are hoping to pick some momentum and start to fulfill their very promising potential.

Able Archer are:
Emmet (lead vocals)
Neil (keys)
Rob (guitar)
Diarm (bass player)
Seán (percussion)


With the release of his 6-song debut EP ‘New day’ and a successful EP launch at a packed Black Box Theatre in Belfast, singer-songwriter Chris Keys is definitely ‘… One to watch in 2012’, as quoted from Clash Magazine. Tracks from the EP have been well-received on local radio stations including the Gerry Anderson show on BBC Radio Ulster.

Chris has performed at many successful events throughout the UK and Ireland which have included; ‘Stendhal Festival’, ‘The Ruby Sessions’, ‘Tanglewood Music Festival’, ‘Boyle Arts Festival’, ‘Indie week Ireland’, ‘Acoustic Edinburgh’, ‘The Zodiac Sessions’, ‘Ram Jam’, ‘Tipperary peace convention’, ‘Maiden City festival’, mini tour of Scotland & much more.
He has also supported bands such as Microlip, The Curtain Thieves, Robb Murphy, Best Boy Grip, Ricky Warwick and many other great acts. Chris is currently working on a 2nd EP which is scheduled for release early 2013.



Jimi Cullen is a musician from Wexford, Ireland. A songwriter, singer, storyteller and much more. A blender of Folk, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Country. A poet of a thousand words and a performer of pure energy. An uplifting experience.

Allow Jimi to take you on a journey from protest songs through love songs to those that squeeze every drop of emotion out of you. You’ll laugh and cry as he sings about everything from hangovers to homelessness, always with a catchy hook and positive message.

Jimi has had a great love for music since a very early age. He was born into a family of musicians and music lovers. As an infant it was discovered that he had a perforation and almost no hearing in his right ear. Despite this, he appeared in his first talent show at the age of eight and since then has developed a great love and passion for music. Many other things have come and gone but the music has always remained.

At the age of thirteen Jimi would be given something that would change his life forever. His first Guitar. This proved to be perfect escape from the endless drone of school and a catalyst for Jimi’s creativity. The next few years would be spent dabbling in various bands and music projects, all the time developing as an artist. Finding a voice.

Shortly after Jimi left school he was diagnosed with depression. Around this time he also started to write songs and he was quickly hooked on the rush that it gave him. Song writing provided an excellent respite from the stresses of life and Jimi would spend hour immersed in song structures and lyrics. It gave him a great sense of achievement and helped him hugely to overcome his problems. It was the part that music and song writing played in his recovery that inspired Jimi to really devote his life to it.

So, in 2004, armed with just his guitar and his songs Jimi set out in the world on his musical journey. Since then he has covered the length and breadth of Ireland many times over clocking up an amazing 1000+ gigs. He has also toured all over Europe. He has released two albums and two e.p’s, selling over 5000 copies combined and has shared the stage with some of Irelands best known musicians such as Damien Dempsey, Declan O Rourke, Paddy Casey, Aslan, John Spillane, Eleanor Mc Evoy and countless others.

Needless to say such hard work has resulted in an increasing number of fans who are moved by his music and a reputation as one of the hardest working musicians in Ireland. He has featured in many well known publications like Hotpress magazine and The Evening Herald. His music has also been released on many compilation albums both in Ireland and abroad and he was named Music Review Unsigned artist of the month in March 09. Things were really looking up.

However in 2010 something happened that would throw everything in Jimi’s life into question. At a gig one night Jimi started to experience a distortion and sensitivity to sound in his left ear. A problem that started to get worse as the weeks and months went by. Eventually Jimi found himself having to cancel gigs.

On the verge of releasing his third album and with everything to look forward to Jimi now found himself in limbo. Faced with every musicians worst nightmare Jimi was forced to ask himself some tough questions and much soul searching ensued. Jimi tried to carry on playing but soon found it too hard and eventually he was forced to stop gigging completely.

Thankfully at the start of 2012 after a year without playing a gig Jimi was finally given the all clear to resume his lifes work. He is currently putting the finishing touched to his new album and is looking forward to hitting the road again as soon as possible.



“Glamour, pop and rock all wrapped up in a contemporary bow and a stunning performance” – Star Magazine

Lola Bell is a musician with a difference. What is unique about this one is difficult to pin down but it goes something along the lines of massive heels, disarming honesty, individuality, ballsy vocals and a mind of her own that has taken her to sing and perform with the likes of the Sugababes, Pixie Lott and
the legendary Christy Moore to name just a few.

She is in the studio writing and recording her debut album with tracks that show potential to rival some of her more established peers in the industry.

Lola is influenced by many of the rock and pop legends of our time ranging from Michael Jackson, Queen, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Skunk Anansie, Thin Lizzy to No Doubt, Gaga, Pink and Feist.

Media Mentions
“She is a unique talent, I was really impressed by her voice and her songwriting” – Ryan Tubridy – RTÉ 2FM Presenter

“Lola, our showgirl, this girl is going far. Watch this space” – Gay Byrne, TV Presenter



Aoife Smith is a singer-songwriter from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. Aoife plays a mixture of original songs and covers and is winner of NUI Maynooth’s Original Song Competition 2012.

Aoife has performed at a number of venues around Ireland including Barretstown House – Kildare, Aras Chronain – Clondalkin, Dublin and at the Ballinamore Fringe Festival, Co Leitrim.



Tom White (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Michelle Hennessy (Bass/Violin & Vocals), Yvonnce Richardson (Keys & Vocals) and Paddy O’Meara (Drums and Vocals), take their name for the conviction that every penny went into it was worth it, are an original band from the midlands (Tipperary and Offaly). Their songs are a melody-driven mix of blues and folk with some strong Irish music influences and poetic lyrics. Earlier this year they release their first EP “Six Tales” which included their popular Youtube video for “Don’t Say”.

In the past year they have played support for the likes of Gemma Hayes, the High Kings and RunawayGo.



If you want to be involved in teh new music night please email Keiron Black @ newmusic@mercantilegroup.ie

  • Upstairs in Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: €5