Whelan’s New Music presents
SAINT JOHN THE GAMBLER
Whelans New Music is a series of shows each week that embrace’s the amazing new music in Ireland. Each week see’s the best in up and coming in the country perform. Expect to be blown away!
Cfit began in bedrooms and homemade studios, as what was originally a side project for Noel Duplaa, gradually evolved into a lush and ornate collection of woozy, bruised, melancholy anthems. Playing their first gig at Electric Picnic 2010 as a three-piece, Cfit expanded to a five-piece just in time to play Hard Working Class Heroes 2010, where they were received extremely well. Soon after, they released their debut single “Don’t Sweat the Small Shit”, which received worldwide reviews:
“Some songs just leave you speechless because of their sheer beauty. Sometimes it’s because of the lyrics, sometimes it’s the music. It’s in those rare cases where insightful/heartfelt lyrics meet exquisite musicianship that something beautiful is born. Don’t Sweat the Small Shit … is one such piece of music” – newonmyplaylist.com
Now expanded to a six-piece to fully capture their expansive recorded sound, Cfit launched their debut album “Triage” to a sold out Crawdaddy on April 1st, and have since garnered much praise for their efforts.
“There is nothing more refreshing than coming across a band who can manage to be eclectic within the one album. Cfit can go from mellow to menacing and back again, tip-toeing the line between messy and skilful.” – culch.ie
“‘Triage’ … is the best thing I’ve heard from an Irish band in a long time…. In the battle for best song the epic ‘Plausible Deniability’ is just ousted by ‘Dig Up’ [which is] one of the most beautiful pieces of music this country has produced for years. Awkwardly anthemic and deserving of a heaving blogosphere worth of plaudits it only suffers by being about a minute or so too short.” – mp3hugger.com
Having been listed on several best of year roundups, Cfit closed 2011 playing the Whelan’s One’s to Watch for 2012 festival, and were selected by state.ie as one of their Faces of 2012. They are currently recording the followup to their debut album.
“Saint John the Gambler is an exciting original Alt-Folk band with a dance-inducing spirit. They have melded sounds from by-gone eras and distant lands with modern songwriting taking in influences from Klezmer, Mariachi, Old-Time Jazz, Latin and Vaudeville that creates a bluesy gypsy piracy. They truly are unique – with a line up that includes trumpet, violin, double bass, drums, congas, piano, banjo, guitar and vocals!
SJG had an impressive 2011 with residencies at Whelans and Shebeen Chic, in Dublin, as well as performing at numerous festivals including Knockanstockan, Spirit of Folk, Dublin Burlesque Festival and Electric Picnic!!
SJG are currently the resident band at The Speak Easy in Dublin and are working on their second full-length album.”
Just No are a South Dublin based band that formed in February 2011 and comprise of Adam Fitzsimons on drums, Graham McCartin on lead guitar,Karl Bennett on bass and Laura Walsh on vocals/rhythm guitar. They have established themselves by winning several battle of the bands competitions and by playing in and around Dublin’s most popular live residences and events, most notably the Festival of Fires, The Button Factory and The Grand Social.
Just No compose original songs taking their influence from artists like David Bowie,The Beatles,Bruce Springsteen,Foo Fighters and Muse. Their impressive song writing abilities and unique sound have got them on to the Hot Press ’40 Hottest Up and Coming Acts’ list 2012 with the title track from their second EP and debut single ‘Feels Like Home’.