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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.



Sandra Coffey’s musical interests were sparked as a youngster during long summer days in the Galway countryside. Her and her siblings would listen to the charts and learn the latest dance moves. Sandra believes that this early submergence in music has stood her well.

She released her first single, Mascara Girl, last September. The song gets inside a woman’s thoughts as she gets ready for a date on a summer’s evening. Sandra followed that up with the release of her second single, Baby Leave a Light on for Me in December. She is currently finishing off her album, which she will release early in 2013.

Sandra has been nominated for 3 awards by Music Review Unsigned. She is nominated for Best Female, Best Newcomer and Best Single (Mascara Girl).
Her musical influences come from a variety of sources from listening to the Beach Boys and Michael Jackson to relishing the songs of Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, the Carpenters and Amy Winehouse.

Sandra has previously performed on RTÉ’s Seoige Show. As part of her appearance on the show, she got to record in Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. Her mentor on that occasion was Eurovision winner Paul Harrington who described her as having “a powerful and soulful voice which can effortlessly reaches high notes”.


Crafted in the loom of the zeitgeist, the tri-threaded weave of The Federation of Light’s an amalgam of Martin (vox, guitar, keys), Jer (guitars, keys, vox) and, introducing, band-in-a-box Alan (keys,vox).

Cork-Irish by the vagaries of twisted culture,multiversal by inclination, The Federation search for the macro in the micro. An attempted recovery from post Catholic guilt, though deserving of most of those pangs,is attended by a parallel reordering following the loss of national sovereignty, whilst never having been empowered.

The Federation are taut with the stress of all that creative tension and, since the world’s beyond saving, in this dimension at least, we want to hit you in the hips. To move you to rudimentary motion, from there to basic, repeating, physical patterns and from there to the embodiment of emotion in form.

If all that sparks synapses coursing through to the thinking brain, then fair enough -as long as you’re dancin


“tightly-woven, brilliantly antagonistic alt-rock ” – BBC N. Ireland-Across The Line

“A fast paced melee of hammering guitar lines, pounding drum lines and roving, rumbling bass, combining melody with power ” –

Angry, noisy, trashy, punchy and irreverent as they possibly could be, Irish three-piece Podracer take the post-punk sounds of the 80’s, the subpop sounds of the 90’s and different elements of rock, punk and metal, with lyrical subject matter as diverse as prescription drug addiction, Fox News, hoodies and serial killers, to create short, sharp shocks to the system, cutting out the ego-enhancing mtv-friendliness that so many current “rock” bands are weighed down with.

They made their live debut in their home town of Dundalk’s Spirit Store, supporting Whipping Boy and have since shared the stage with, amongst others, Giveamanakick, Fighting With Wire and Lo Lite in Amsterdam, most recently, supporting LaFaro in Auntie Annies at their first Belfast gig of 2012, which received favourable reviews from Across The Line and AU Magazine.

Their debut single “Easy Singles” released July 20th received 1000 YouTube hits in it’s first week and is taken from their forthcoming debut album “Parking Cars & Pumping Gas”. Produced by Stuart “Marty” Martin (Lafaro)and recorded April 02-05 in Bangor SERC, Co. Down, this twelve track album captures the relentless, high-energy sound of the band live perfectly and was released 29th September 2012

Parking Cars & Pumping Gas is available digitally at iTunes and Bandcamp.

Alan Anderson – Vocals/Guitar
Damien Carroll – Bass/Vocals
Colin Berrill – Drums





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