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Whelan’s Newest Music Night







Whelanslive is proud to present a celebration of new Irish music. Every Tuesday will see the upstairs venue play host to a series of the best of new music this country has to offer.Three hand-picked bands showcase their originality, performance and amazingly fresh songwriting skills. It is a great opportunity to see the next round of Irelands unsung and unsigned.


Kellie & The Scruffs: Vampires in Daylight single launch


Vampires In Daylight is the second Single from the 5 piece Dublin soul, blues, folkpop fusion outfit ‘Kellie & The Scruffs’ taken from their Car-boot Sale Blues Ep due for release at the end of the summer 2012. Vampires in Daylight is a song about standing at bus stops in the clothes and smells of last night. A song of fear, streaky mascara, and the fact that there are no couches on buses. This track does not attempt to answer any of these universal philosophical conundrums because it was written with a hangover. Kellie and the scruffs are fun, passionate, refreshing and original. Front woman Kellie Marie has been hailed as a cross between Pj Harvey and Patti Smith. These guys are hungry.Their live show is a must see.

On the back of the release of their Debut single ‘People’, in June 2012, Kellie & The Scruffs secured some sought after slots on the Irish festival circuit! Their 3 shows at Body and Soul Festival at Ballinalough Castle this month included a headliner at Natasha’s Living Food Emporium, a quirky and fabulous gig For Love: Live Music, Ireland’s national day of music in Templebars Siopaella, a big show at this years Milk & Cookies Secret Garden festival in August, and a headliner at this years Gig In The Garden, the band are starting to make some noise on the Irish music scene.The band is new but front woman Kellie Marie Reynolds has been writing since she was 7, gigging as a solo singer songwriter for years,composing music/directing for theatre and spending a couple of years with the Dublin Gospel Choir.Her Song For A.R came in 6th place in the Global Youbloom Song Awards in 2011 with a nod from Bob Geldof and Ex Editor of NME, Conor McNichols.

After teaming up with Peter Taaffe (Lead Guitar) they formed a duo and had regular slots In Sweeneys supporting the Nine Bars, residency’s in their south county Dublin locals and two Electric Picnic shows in 2010. Not too shabby! But there was something missing. Beats. So along came Frankly (Percussion) a well seasoned session musician. But the band needed more. So at the end of 2011 Classically trained pianist Annie Hanlon and self thought jack of all trades Adrienne Hawley (Trumpet, French Horn, Bass Guitar, Percussion) joined the band and the rehearsing began.After months of hibernation and journeying towards a ‘Sound’, Kellie & The Scruffs have emerged as a unique and refreshing outfit with a shit load of passion and some seriously quirky original music,

The Ingredients:

A front woman with a seriously soulful voice, quirky lyrics, and unusual guitar chords hinting and winking at folk, blues, soul and rock……a classically trained pianist and soon to be doctor of music..yes. DOCTOR of music……A young lead guitarist with and old soul straight from the land of blues ….A drummer slash percussionist in the same body playing percadrum with glowsticks who might have dabbled in classical guitar….a self taught trumpet, french horn and bass guitar player…..and lots of homemade cookies,muffins and more cookies, you get Kellie & The Scruffs. We are all very different people from very different places. This place in the middle where all our influences meet is where our music seems to be coming from. The sound is blues Jazz, soul, pop, rock-a-billy, folk and funk. The vibe is happy. The Future is Bright.


The Tectonics

New Irish band The Tectonics are a little bomb waiting to go off. A punchy powerpop trio, with a rock and roll edge, and more hooks than a hairy dog has fleas!

Marcus Molloy on bass and Séamus Sullivan on drums (once the rhythm section of those skankadelic, raggletagglers The Big Geraniums) provide pumping rhythms pushing incessantly to the dance floor. The spice in the sauce comes from the spiky guitar of Eoin O’Brien, (former member of Kila, Cookers and Claydolls) while all three provide the vocal harmonies peppering their three minute fillets of pop.

The Tectonics classic three piece line up of guitar, bass and drums encourages a back to basics rock and roll approach to live performances. The rawness and energy coming from this often makes for a raucous party atmosphere, but never at the expense of the subtlety and sweetness of the three part vocal harmonies.

In the studio what emerges out of these simple ingredients can often become very interesting indeed! The song is always king, and attention to detail and a perfectionist streak in song writing always gives the best starting point. But in the hands of a rhythm section that have played together for over two decades, and a guitarist with vast experience as both multi instrumentalist and producer, the results generally end up somewhere very different from where they started.

The tectonics are currently recording an album which they hope to release this Summer.

For more details check out the tectonics website @


White Roads

Blanchard-towns newest original band have taking the scene not only by surprise they have taking it hostage to the wonderful melodies and out of this world stomping rhythmic wonderment. It will leave you breathless. Though they are young they are blessed with energetic songwriting and performances Freddie Mercury would be proud of.

The band have been playing around all the normal haunts in Dublin since January and this is the first appearance at the historic Whelan’s.



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