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Whelan’s New Music Night



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.


Machine Gun Baby

Machine Gun Baby (MGB) have some very big shoes to fill. Any four-piece rock band from Dublin is going to suffer comparisons to the one with the two-character name. But MGB are ready to meet the challenge.

Formed on the Northside in 2007, Stewart Keegan, Mark Ryan, Shane Ryan and Tony King started writing and playing an audacious brand of melodic rock that is just as suited to arenas and stadiums as it is to the bars and clubs of the live music scene. The boys eschew the lo-fi aesthetic for a louder, clearer sound – It’s more Foo Fighters meet Kings of Leon on

E Street; and yes – the relatively local influence of U2 comes through too. It’s pop, it’s soul, but more than anything it’s rock at it’s purest.

Keegan’s raw, powerful vocals bring depth and emotion to the pure biting rock sound that the band and their instruments produce. There’s a polish to their music that belies the band’s youth (they range from 21 to 24) and is a hallmark of their dedication to their musicianship and their stagecraft. MGB are here to play, and play they shall. From the opening chords, a growling steel-stringe declaration of intent to, well – ROCK, the music doesn’t so much beg as demand to be turned up to eleven.

After four years of gigging around Ireland, playing some well-known and major festivals not to mention the successful release of their E.P ‘For The Ones We Knew’.

With flawless performance at 2011 ‘Loud n’ Nasty Festival’ in Hamburg, as well being invited to play some major venues in London, the lads continue to write and perform with an almost unrivaled intensity – they’re getting out there and they’re getting heard.


Walking on Cars

Based deep in the rugged hills of Chorcha Dhuibne, Dingle Co. Kerry.

Up and coming 5 piece Walking On Cars are making waves with their inspirational and original tunes. Driven by the virtuosic leadership of pianist Sorcha Durham and tenacious dedication of front man Patrick Sheehy.

Walking On Cars are currently in the process of writing and arranging their highly anticipated debut album, expected to be released later this year.

Off the back of the band’s unofficial release of their talismanic anthem ‘Don’t Mind Me’, Walking On Cars have amassed a broad and dedicated fan-base with their energetic live shows and unapologetic commitment to their craft. Having cut their teeth in the company of acts such as The Coronas, O Emperor, Whipping Boy and Ham Sandwich, and having rocked the North Shore Stage @ Sea Sessions this year, the lads and lassie are gearing up for a string of festival dates this summer including, Prosperous and Indiependance and Valentia Isle festival

2012 may prove to be a landmark year for the band, however, with their growing ambition and confidence, which can be seen in their most recent offerings like ‘As We Fly South’ and ‘Two Stones’, for Walking On Cars…. Nothings Impossible!!!


Paula Gómez

Paula Gomez 19year old Singer/Songwriter

New 3 track EP Release for September 2012 “The Cauldron Sessions” produced by Bill Shanley @ Cauldron Studios,Dublin featuring the single ‘Easy’Every Tuesday night Paula presents a Singer/Songwriters showcase in L’Atitude51 formerly The Lobby Bar,Cork

Paula has worked with Guitarists Stephen Housden (Little River Band) Eric Bell(Thin Lizzy) and Bill Shanley(Mary Black,Ray Davies)

Paula regularly features on National Radio in Spain. Born in the City of Chiclana close to Cadiz in Southern Spain. She studied Viola and music in Conservatory of Music ,Cadiz. As she studied and performed at Cadiz University Jazz Club then at 16years old she was the singer for Conservatory Big band of Cadiz! She has a passion for Blues, through her father,a Blues guitarist and aficionado of Blues music. Paula has played sold out shows in Teatro Moderno Chiclana,Sala Le Grand, La Alameda (2.000 people) Sala Malandar ,Sevilla and Sala Clamores,Madrid. She has performed with her band at Clonakiltys first Waterfront Festival, Lee delta Blues Club,Old Oak.,De barras and Shanleys.

In 2011 Paula hosted a regular Thursday session in Shanleys Music bar. Played in 2011 Guitar Festival in Clonakilty and will play 2012 Clonakilty Guitar Festival Weekend Sept 20/23. Performed at 2011Cork Jazz festival as a guest of Paddy Sherlock & The Swinging Lovers.Paula has appeared on several Spanish TV shows and has worked as a presenter.


If you are interested in playing one of the upcoming Whelan’s New Music nights please email