The Illywhackers released their first cd in September 2013 and met with favourable reviews (Hot Press, The Ticket). They were an easy choice as support for international roots acts such as Pokey La Farge, and Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra for their Irish dates at The Grand Social. They appear regularly on Ireland’s festival circuit, including Body and Soul, and were dubbed by both Jim Carroll and Tony Clayton Lee as a must see at the Electric Picnic. The Ukulele Hooley by the Sea in Dun Laoghaire would not be complete without the Illywhackers annual appearance. In 2015 Ms. Minnie made her debut appearance at Glastonbury, playing at The Underground Piano Bar, dubbed as the best stage of the festival by many including organiser Michael Eavis.

They enjoy exploiting their diversity from opening for the bawdy play ‘Girls of Dublin Town’ at the Sugar Club to performing a Transylvanian themed children’s gig at The Ark Cultural Centre for Children, Temple Bar. Other venues they have played include The National Concert Hall, John Field Room, Whelan’s, Dublin and The Copper Mine Museum in Allihies, West Cork. They have appeared regularly on radio both on RTE’s ‘John Murray Show’ and ‘Arena’, and on Newstalk’s ‘The Green Room’ with Orla Barry as well as ‘Global Village’ with Dil Wickremasinghe. They kicked of the year off at The Shannonside Winter Music Festival in January and featured at The Kilkenny Roots Festival in April.

Sep 8th Monroes Upstairs Doors 8pm

Part of THE BIG SATURDAY NIGHT SESH with Little Jon Nee and The Clandestinos