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WHELANS is proud to present another night of pure and raw edged excitable music by some of our favorites.Each act has been hand picked by us for you. Each one of these four acts are exploding at the seams on the scene and this is a great chance to catch them before they go onto bigger stages this summer.



Corner Boy is the pseudonym of young Irish folk singer/guitarist Michael D’Arcy, who in February 2013 will release his debut record the
‘Morning Morning E.P’. From an early age Corner Boy began to hone his musical craft through various traditional, folk and rock groups/collectives.
In September of 2011 he upped roots to Canada and through the bustling Montreal folk scene work started on the recording of his debut release.
Recorded in the secluded railway town of Lennoxvile, Quebec, The ‘Morning, morning E.P’ is a 5 track song book of energetic floor stompers and delicate melodies encapsulating the story of a year on the road traveling North America.


RudyTrixX are a Dublin based band that formed in BIMM Music College 4 months ago. Despite the bands short time together, they have already wrote and recorded several original tracks, all of which vary in genre with influences ranging from Arctic Monkeys to Plan B. The band consists of members from each discipline of the college. Callan Qualter and Sean Leonard come from the Song Writing class, Johnny McGuinness from Bass, Emmet Harrigan from Drums and Sean Mcmanamon from Guitar. We have a showcase gig coming up in the Button Factory on the 29th of March.

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Responsible Looking Freaks escaped from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary two years ago, and remain on the lam. They are now at large in Dublin, and are believed to be armed with an arsenal of buzzing pop-punk anthems. They are known to have supported various other “bands on the run”, including Royseven, Codes, CrowBlackChicken, and Dead School.

They are wanted for crimes against boredom, and are clearly just in this for the money. They are also suspects in connection with abuse of an extended metaphor.



Lorcan James is an emerging Irish artist, originally from Co. Meath, now living in Dublin. A year after he picked up the guitar he performed his own songs in front of 2,000 people at a talent show in Rome. From that moment the desire to make music his life, began. He became immersed in his project studio, which lead to opportunities to create music for television.

He first travelled to Mexico in …2003 and would spend a good deal of time there over the next number of years. The sounds there enriched his musical palette as a songwriter. Blended with other influences from the U.S., it would lead to a distinctive Pop/Rock sound emerging in his debut EP, entitled ‘Buried Alive’. A meeting with musician Utku Sarper would prove timely. Along with sound engineer and producer Ger McDonnell (U2, Martha Wainwright, Manic Street Preachers), they provided additional production on the EP.

Lorcan James crafts songs with themes that are out of the ordinary from mainstream music. ‘VIP’ for example is an anthem for anyone getting pushed around in their lives. ‘Swim’ is a seranade inspired by the emotions of becoming a parent for the first time.

Despite some changes in the line-up over the years, Lorcan has now established an experienced and loyal band with Peter Moc on lead guitar/backing vocals, Paul Madden on drums /backing vocals and Utku Sarper on bass. In 2010 Lorcan James and his band had the priviledge to play at the reknowned 100 Club in London and in May 2011 played at the final of the Spanish Tennis Open in Madrid.

July 2011 saw Lorcan James named ‘Next Big Thing’ in U Magazine and’Artist of the Month’ in Music Review Unsigned. In the same month the official ‘Buried Alive EP launch’ sold-out at Whelans. In September 2011 he was runner-up in the Bulmer Berry ‘An Undergrowth Movement ’ competition in association with Hotpress.

Lorcan James has since performed on Newstalk‘s ‘Shenanigans with Sile’ and TG4 and appeared on Near Fm. In 2012 the band went from strenght to strenght; playing on four stages at the Electric Picnic and performing at the MRU Music Awards having been nominated for ‘Best Alternative Rock Act’. Also in December 2012 Lorcan James opened with an acoustic set for Liam O Maonlai.

‘Best Alternative Rock Act’ Nominee
MRU Unsigned Music Awards

‘Irresistibly radio-friendly. ..Impressive.’

‘Next Big Thing’
U Magazine – July Edition

‘Artist Of The Month’
MRU Magazine – July Edition

‘Lorcan James’ blend of pop-rock and folk is steadily making waves’
Shilpa Ganatra – The Star Newspaper

‘This year could see Lorcan James break through to the big time’
Evan Short – Meath News and Sport

‘If I was to put a label on Lorcan James I would sum it up in one word, superb!’
Trevor Halpin – Music Review Unsigned

‘Having his own set of unique and distinctive songs, there are big things ahead for Lorcan James’
Mark Walsh – Cheers Magazine

‘U.S. Radio potential’’ Safta Jaffery – CEO of Taste Music (Former manager of Muse) “