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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.


“KirK” spent 2009/10 with producer James Horwood (Abbey Road) recording in both Dublin & London finalising their debut album “Testing Times”, scheduled for early 2012 release. From which they are releasing the single “Waking In A Dream” (Sept/Oct 2011) that show’s the full range & potential of “KirK”. Both release’s immediately available to Download from 31st October 2011

After twelve months away from the stage Phil is itching to get back where he loves & belongs….on stage performing live. But this time sounding BIGGER…..BETTER…..& BALLSIER than ever before. Lock up your daughters!!!! “KirK” are currently finalising their debut Ireland/UK tour to support the release & will be performing live near you very soon.

From the ashes of “Karrier” comes “KirK”……Dublin’s very own Indie/Rock anthem giants with just the tiniest, distinctive hint of that good old Irish soft country influence.

Following sensational public & media acclaim in 2009, founder member/lead singer/songwriter Philip Kirk returns centre stage with a new band that possesses the musical artillery to ultimately pack out stadiums and champion the airwaves both day & night on the way!!

Revisiting indie-pop anthems, cut short in their prime, such as “ Back In Your Arms”, “Alchemy”, “Is She The One”, with a more streamlined Rock ‘n Roll sound/approach as shown in “Sometimes”, developing a wealth of new material in a similar vein, plus “Waking In A Dream” & “Only A Fool”, two potential classic AOR tracks!!!!



Paul Melia releases his long awaited debut album Hold Onto The Colours early in 2013. The album title is a direct reference to the colourful world of sound which Paul inhabits.Two major influencing factors through Paul’s musical work and much in evidence on his album are his somewhat aborted classical training, alongside the fact that he is synaesthestic (Synesthesia: a neurologically-based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway).
The album was written, produced, arranged & mixed by Paul himself and is packed with 13 songs each with their own world full of magical, happy, sad, uplifing, colouful, dark and vey original music. It was recorded in various places including Pulse Studios (Dublin), Paul’s own Studio and the Orchestra was recorded with the Malmo Symphonic Orchestra, Sweden. James Marsh agreeing to design the album’s artwork was a great addition.

Paul’s influences run a wide gamut from classical, rock, jazz, world music to rock, pop, experimental. Most recently Paul made an impact at the 2010 and 2011 Electric Picnic festivals where he was compared to Paddy McAloon I Trawl The Megahurtz, which is very fitting indeed. In 2010 and 2011 Paul released the singles “Miss You” and “Summer In The Sand” which were met with great reviews from various media, blogs and sites.



Zero Moda have been playing gigs across Galway since 2003 and finally got serious in 2011, recording their debut EP in the Summer of that year. The band draws influence from a wide range of genres – alternative rock & 90’s era grunge to shoegaze & dream pop. While the band arranges for their first release, they are busy gigging the country as well as preparing an additional disc of remixes.

Zero Moda has just joined the Grey Federation collective and will feature on their Tribute to Thin Lizzy double-disc CD, due for release in February 2013.

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