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Listed by 2 U I Bestow as one of Ireland’s Top 50 Bands, The Crayon Set were founded back in 2008 by main songwriter Robert Baker and it has since morphed into an exciting 8-piece “mini-indie-orchestra”. They first came to prominence in 2011 when they won a national competition to play the main stage of the Benny & Jerry’s Music Festival in London with the likes of Ash, Ocean Colour Scene and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Their sound is a fresh mix of “indie-folk-pop” – there are catchy melodies, lots of energy, multi-part vocal harmonies and they employ a wide variety of instruments – double bass, violins, trumpets, harmoniums, oboes, flutes, banjos etc. They released their debut single “I Wanted You” in September 2012 and it went on to receive strong reviews and good airplay from many of Irelands top DJs.

Their debut album will be released on 21st April. It was recorded in Leeders Farm Studios in the UK and was mixed at the legendary Rockfield Studios. It was co-produced by Nick Brine (Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals, Oasis). Irish Times rock-critic, Tony Clayton-Lea, has described the album –

“If you’re looking for the kind of purity in indie-pop that you thought had gone missing far too many years ago, then their debut album will see you so right you’ll never be wrong again”

It can be pre-ordered now at

The Crayon Set are:
Robert Baker (vocals, guitar, melodica)
Stephen Byrne (guitar, banjo, harmonica, keys & vocals)
George Guilfoyle (double bass & electric bass, harmonium, vocals)
Labhaoise Brennan (vocals, flute, percussion)
Kama Swobada (violin, bass, vocals)
Sam Saarsteiner (drums, percussion, vocals)


€6  (includes copy of debut album)

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


Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).