Category: Bands – Raglans


June brought another chance to see Raglans doing a headline show – and a far better fit downstairs in Whelans than upstairs! Hot, sweaty, and complete with crowd-surfers, this gig was everything we’ve come to expect from a Raglans show.





Crowd surfer – and someone apparently dancing to the YMCA!


Daithi’s support set was brilliant as well, but far too few people showed up to see it. I never know why people pay for tickets and then don’t show up for the support act. Some of my now favourite acts were ones that I saw first in a support slot!

The Courteeners


Courteeners in The Academy was one of the few gigs of the year where I left early – nothing against them, but I was just wrecked. Raglans did their usual trick of pulling everyone in early and filling the floor – something makes me think they won’t be supporting acts like this for too much longer.


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Haiti Fest 2013


The Walls at the Sugar Club

Haiti Fest moved from Whelans to the Sugar Club for their 2013 fund raiser, which lead to a more sedate night all round, with a bit more sitting and a bit less dancing than last year! With their now traditional mix of the best of Irish and Haitian music, it gave me another chance to see festival favourites Raglans and Ham Sandwich, along with a massive trip down memory lane listening to the Walls!


Red Queen Contest at the Sugar Club


Raglans at the Sugar Club


Ham Sandwich at the Sugar Club

Joint First Place

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@leGalaxie and @Raglans are tied for who I saw most frequently in 2012 – at a fairly impressive 9 times each. But what is interesting is that, while Le Galaxie have been favourites of mine for the last two-odd years, I saw Raglans for the first time at Vantastival in May of 2012. I also got to see a half-frozen Le Galaxie there, and despite the cold, it remains one of my highlights of 2012. Very, very different acts, but both brilliant. Hope to see a lot more of both of them in 2013 although the fact that both are doing so well makes me nervous that the opportunity may not arise to see them as frequently in 2013.

*Originally posted on on 01/01/13*



Echotape at Whelans


The Mighty Stef at Whelans

December started with Raglans in Whelans with support from The Mighty Stef and Echotape. Now Echotape may have been good, but we were more than a little distracted by the lead singer. Sunglasses indoors and trousers that tight did nothing for my attention levels, I’m afraid! The Mighty Stef did not disappoint – seriously talented lad. And then it was Raglans. I wasn’t sure what to expect after their line-up change, but they were fantastic as always. Already going on to bigger and better things (opening the Late Late Show a few weeks later is a sign of things to come), every time I get to catch these lads feels like a treat – I’ve a feeling that 2013 is going to be their year, and well deserved.




Raglans at Whelans

*Originally posted on on 31/12/12*


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Heathers at the Academy

Going to see Heathers in the Academy was a fairly last minute decision, probably swayed in the end by their support act, Raglans. Raglans were on early enough, and the place was far from packed. The fact that the floor was filled by the time they were finished pretty much says it all! These lads know how to get people watching them.

Heathers were another treat. If any of you have noticed on this blog, I tend not to listen to female acts. These girls fairly changed my mind – their harmonies and easy, summery sounds were an absolute pleasure.

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Raglans at the Academy
*Originally posted on on 25/11/12*