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Robert John (formerly of Senakah) returns to Dublin and Whelan’s Upstairs with his band as part of his German/UK/Irish tour.

Joining on the night will be “This Sowing Season” and “Ella Naseeb.”

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Robert John is an Irish, Berlin based singer/songwriter whose music is rooted in folk and alternative pop/rock, and whose vocals have been described as “ethereal” (Hotpress Magazine) (IRE), and to having a vocal range veering from “Matt Bellamy style dramatics, to Eddie Vedder and Thom Yorke” (Mail On Sunday) (UK.)

As front man of Limerick outfit Senakah, Robert spent the last 8 years touring America and Europe both with the band and as a solo artist, releasing two albums to critical acclaim. With three top 20 chart hits in Ireland under his belt, in 2009 he travelled to the US playing close to 300 shows in over 40 states, taking in legendary venues like the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood and the Boulder Theatre, as well as the South By Southwest Festival, touring and jamming with Talking Head’s and Parliament Funkadelics Bernie Worrell along the way.

Added to this he has had his music placed on numerous high profile US television series’ such as “The Hills”, ‘The City’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ all while breaking into the CMJ (College Music Journal) Top 100 charts.

Having previously recorded an album with The Cranberries guitarist and songwriter Noel Hogan, Robert was asked to collaborate once again with Noel on Limerick European City of Culture’s music legacy program ‘Sound Out & The Pigtown Fling’ which was released in late 2014.


“Plaintive and anthemic, visceral and cerebral, this music is broad in scope and pleasing in countenance.” (The Liverpool Echo) (UK)

“Calls to mind such acts as The Doves, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley and Snow Patrol.” (South Bend Tribune) (USA)

“Sounds like Eddie Vedder on his best day.” (New Haven Advocate) (USA)

“Disenchantment has never sounded so enchanting!” (USA)


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This Sowing Season are an alternative rock band from Dublin Ireland. They band was formed when members Alan O Keeffe (singer/guitarist) and Shane Ryan (drummer) both met in college studying music in 2014. Soon after they enlisted Richard McNeill (lead guitar). Finally they added the last piece of the puzzle with Mark Kirwan (bass guitar/vocals) and the lineup was complete. To date the band have recorded an EP entitled “This Carrier Bird Has Flown” comprising of three tracks, This carrier bird has flown, Dead Irish Writers and Stretchy Skies. The band is currently working hard on their live set with gigs lined up over the latter half of 2016 and they have just recorded their debut single which will be released in early October. Keep an eye on the bands Facebook page, Twitter, for updates and check out the EP on SoundCloud.

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“There are oodles of potential here so it will be interesting to hear the direction Naseeb intends to follow in the future” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times



5 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

– 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