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to launch their joint project with songwriter RAPHAEL DOYLE
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Tom Robinson returns to Whelans accompanied by award winning Anglo-Irish producer Gerry Diver to launch their joint project with songwriter Raphael Doyle.

In 1969 Raphael Doyle left his native County Antrim for England – where he was discovered by blues legend Alexis Korner, formed a teenage musical partnership with Tom Robinson and fellow Teesider Hereward Kaye, and the trio had their first album produced by Ray Davies.

After four decades of what he describes as “a messy life” Raphael was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease early in 2016. His musician son Louis Doyle at once coaxed his dad back into the studio to start work on the album they’d always dreamed of making together.

Supported by friends and family through a PledgeMusic campaign, Raphael and Louis have joined forces with virtuoso musician Gerry Diver [Youth, Van Morrison, Christy Moore, Shane McGowan] on the album – which is titled Never Closer [after the Seamus Heaney poem “When all the others were away at Mass”].

Tom Robinson opens this acoustic showcase with a set of audience favourites [including Glad To Be Gay, War Baby and Up Against the Wall] before joining Raphael, Gerry and Louis to play songs from Never Closer.

The album’s potent lyricism and unflinching honesty have already won Raphael Doyle acclaim from Across The Line to The Huffington Post. Prepare for a memorable – and unrepeatable – evening of words and music from four masters of the trade.


€20 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 credit card bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

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


Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.