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The Southern Fold was formed by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014 to record and perform a number of self penned songs in the alt folk /blues vein. After performing around the country at a number of open mics, festivals and support slots as various incarnations throughout 2014 and the early part of 2015, Laura Hand joined as permanent co-lead vocalist in the Autumn of ’15 and the duo settled down to work on a batch of new songs and perform a handful of gigs in the Kilkenny and Dublin areas. With the recording of an EP just completed and due for release in late April 2016, the band are currently working with Frieda Freytag (Fox Owl Crow, Dave Couse) on cello and piano and Joe Maher (The Mariannes) on guitar to help broaden their sound and introduce more dynamics to the songs and hope to be busy on the gig circuit for 2016.

“With some deft touches in songwriting and arrangements, the Southern Fold are a new prospect on the alt‐folk scene here. Ones to keep an eye on.” – Eirecana

The Southern Fold –
Emlyn Holden – Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica
Laura Hand – Vocals
Frieda Freytag – Cello & Piano
Joe Maher – Guitar

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The Mariannes are an Alt Folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and Country roots. Their songs are known for their troubling lyrics, beautiful melodies and strong instrumentation.

The band released the Lost with All Hands EP in April 2015, and launched to a packed Whelan’s main venue. The EP has since garnered positive reviews both at home and abroad. They followed up on this success with the launch of the poignant “Black Diary Waltz” single in March of 2016.

‘one of the most interesting acts on the alt-folk scene. Haunting lyrics, breath-taking melodies and stunning vocal harmonies’  – Ceol Collective

‘it is easy to hear why Irish music critics are so taken with the Mariannes. Dark songs of hidden pain with often deceptive and evocative instrumental arrangements combine elements of Irish folk, blues, country and rock to produce an enticing, compelling listen’  – Folk Radio UK

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MoonlooksOn are a Dublin based band. Their sound has been described as a folk-soaked roots driven vibe. The band weave storylines with meandering melodies and all pushed along with foot tapping rhythms .

“Words and songs from the head and heart“ Mike Hedges (producer)

“Friend Of Mine by MoonlooksOn is the most stunning song of 2016” Clint Boon.(Radio X Manchester )


€8 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 DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).