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“Ear bending and Radiant – Album of the Year”SCOTSMAN

“Absolutely stunning… Full on, full of life, and verve!”MIKE HARDING, BBC RADIO 2

“Truly exciting, awe-inspiring music” (5-stars) – SONGLINES

The Old Dance School’s expansive landscapes of ear-bending contemporary folk place them as true innovators of the music. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, their live show charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals.

 The Old Dance School takes it’s name from the old Betty Fox School of Ballet in Birmingham, then legendary jam session venue, where the band first formed in 2006. Championed by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, the septet’s provocative songs and cinematic sound has received plaudits throughout the country, from press and audiences alike, including Songlines Top Of The World 2010, and The Scotsman’s Album of the Year.

The seven members of The Old Dance School may seem fresh faced, but don’t let them fool you, the diversity and scale of each one’s musical journey is quite remarkable. From international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, green festivals to tattoo conventions, members of The Old Dance School have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Cerys Matthews, Graham Coxon, Zoe Rahman, Michael McGoldrick, Neil Yates, Jim Perrin, The Destroyers, Kevin Dempsey, and Chris While.


€12 adv / €15 door

Advanced tickets available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or credit card bookings from WaV).

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


Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags upstairs from 11pm til late, Free Entry.