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Like a phoenix formed from the ashes of 2015, Orwells ’84 are a unique musical outfit based in Dundalk. With a huge variety of musical influences ranging from David Bowie

, Guy Garvey and Nick Cave to the Libertines, the Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin, the band have created a unique indie folk sound that has caught and held attention at every turn.

Since their formation, they have shown a confidence in both the style and deliverance of their music, both live and while recording.

Their latest single ‘Cailín,’ which is the first recording with the current incarnation of the band, was released on the 26th January to rave reviews. The video was premiered by Nialler9 on 30th April 2019. The band have also recently finished recording their first EP in Sun Studios in Dublin and plan to release it on vinyl and digitally in the Autumn.

The band have already performed in several notable venues in the North East and have currently set their sights on the festival stages. They have high ambitions to move swiftly through the Irish music scene in the coming years.

Orwells ’84 was originally Damien, who was joined by John (bass guitar) and Seán (lead guitar/bouzouki/backing vocals) in late 2016. The following year brought about the addition of strings and more vocals in the form of Ella (cello/harmonium/backing vocals) and Zoë (violin/backing vocals). 2018 brought about Pauric (drums) and the current Orwells lineup was complete. With such a large band, one might assume that there is simply a wall of sound. This isn’t the case, however. The band have spent countless hours crafting a unique and identifiable sound in both their songwriting and musicianship.

“The joyful thing about Orwells ’84 is that their singles are musically instantly appealing, but they maintain the listener’s interest by adding significant quirks into each new release.”
REMY on ‘Cailín’

“A track called Cailín from Orwells ‘84 that I really really like.” – Dan Hegarty (RTE 2FM) introducing Cailín live on 2FM

“One of the most exciting, young Irish acts at the minute,” – Seán Carey (FM104 / LMFM) introducing Cailín live on LMFM

“I’ve been looking forward to playing this one all night…wonderful new Irish music,” – Ed Smith, Today FM

“The song, which mixes aspects of indie, rock and trad is very impressive, boasting a sound far more fully realised than most debuts offer.” – Nialler9 on the debut single, Cailin

“The backing vocals help create a spiritual quality to the song that’s only heightened by the rumbling percussion and uplifting string instrumentals.” – HotPress on Cailín as their Track of the Day


€8 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 01 4780766 (9:30am-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos