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Secret Boutique presents…







Valentine Black’s debut album ‘Desire Lines’ has been described as, ‘a love letter to the power of the humble hook…as catchy as anything you’ll hear all year’ (Hot Press) and ‘amazing with superb vocals and lyrics’ (2uibestow). He wants his body of work to mix the heart of Springsteen, the head of Dylan, the guts of The Clash and the imagination of Bowie…throw in plenty of melody, and a nod and a wink to more contemporary artists like Arcade Fire, The National, and Elbow and you’ve got his musical ambition!



“Black’s sound is a sort of folksy indie-rock: influences like Dylan and Springsteen are there, but with a more modern, poppier twist. Here, he has delivered an accomplished piece of work, with a lot of love and dedication obviously put into it…” Feb 2012

“With a more than a dash of Springsteen in these songs about love, loss, and post-Tiger Ireland, Valentine Black is probably a lasher in a live setting…capable of moments of genuine brilliance.” Feb 2012

“Desire Lines is like a homage to the 70’s folk-rock of Dylan, Bowie and Elton…an honest album…filled with catchy songs, good vocals and fine lyrics. 9 out of 12” Feb 2012

“Each song is seeping with talent and emotion, perfectly intertwined. On each listen you will find a new cleverly placed lilt, a new hidden meaning and beautiful poetic construction you have not realised before. The album is a wonderful example of the kind of talent that is missing from Irish music.” April 2012


Kevin Casey is a Singer/Songwriter from Dublin Ireland. For over eleven years he fronted a band called “Jaker”, which gigged extensively in Ireland, Germany and the UK racking up near 1200 gigs, several singles and an album release. In 2011 Kevin decided to focus on his solo career and so far he has maintained his habit of extensive gigging, he has also released his first solo track “I’ll be back someday”.

As with most folk singers Russell Hogg’s music is all about storytelling. Be it about breaking up, making up, being hurt, being in love, loathing, friendship or family life, the listener can be sure that each song comes straight from the heart and will strike a chord.

Brewster Hamilton has been playing around Dublin & Ireland for the past seven years. He has recently completed his first solo Album “Nothing Left to Lose, a mix of Indie/pop with a lot of soul.

Nella Dwyer is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Cork. She writes her songs of personal experiences and her Celtic contemporary vocal is just as distinctive.

Chris Brady is singer/songwriter from Drogheda who cites Tracey Chapman and Newton Faulkner amongst his influences. He is currently working on his debut album and is set to release his debut single in the next few months.


Tickets €10 at the door


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).