Tuesday, 20th February 2018
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For the past 25 years, WLR has raised vital funds for the St Vincent De Paul in Waterford City and County, through the radio station's annual Christmas Appeal. This year will see the Appeal expand, with several different events running across the county. First up will be Fresh Éire, taking place on Saturday 18th November in Shortts Bar and Terrace in Waterford City. This unique night aims to showcase some amazing new bands and D.Js that are emerging from Ireland.

Here's what's in store:

Shortts Bar

SON : Susan O'Neill

2017 has been a great year for Ennis born Susan O Neill. The husky-voiced songstress has enjoyed the release of her debut album "Found Myself Lost to critical acclaim, as well as embarking on a tour in New York and opening at the National Concert Hall for Sharon Shannon. This makes her performance at Fresh Éire one not to miss!

Crome Yellow

If psychedelic, alt rock / synth pop is your thing, then Crome Yellow are the band for you! This young four- piece from Waterford recently released their Ep "Yellow Road," and have been building a steady following to their live shows.

Central Hall

Central Hall consists of Alex and Jordan Gough, Eamon Ganley and Ross Kavanagh. The four piece have evolved constantly over the last year and a half, from their young indie beginnings, to consistently bringing the house down at all their gigs with their energy.

Their knack for tight and creative song writing and well-versed, catchy crowd pleasing melodies gives them a broad appeal to most music fans and also the casual listener.

Backroad Smokers Club

Waterfords funkiest exports Backroad Smokers Club will headline Fresh Éire. They are among Waterford's most exciting live acts. Freddy (Vocals), Chez (Guitar), Cal (Vocals/Bass), Killian (Vocals/Keys) and Ciaran (Drums) have been tearing up the national live circuit with their blend of funk, rock and psychedelia since their inception a little over two years ago. Backroad Smokers Club have built up a lot of live experience with slots at Body & Soul, Electric Picnic, Swell Fest and Fuinneamh Festival, along with headline shows in Waterford, Cork, and Dublin.

The Terrace - SX2

Two brothers Clive & Scott Sullivan are just in the infancy of their new project, SX2. Patience is a virtue they say, and these two guys are an example of that. Perfecting the art of DJ-ing on all formats, as well as crate diggin' through the years, bringing a sense of quality and maturity to their sets far beyond their age. The brothers learned their trade as teens via the RePublik stable. SX2 will kick off The Terrace grooves and we recommend you get in early and enjoy the trip!

Between Ourselves

Our headline act on The Terrace for Fresh Éire are a Waterford based trio, consisting of Geoff Foley, Stephen O' Keeffe and Davin Coady, formed from their mutual passion and love for electronic music. Geoff and Stephen had been organising their own esoteric events and Davin has been producing from a young age, so it made sense to the three that they should collaborate. The trio have been snowballing since their first release on RePublik Music Recordings and are tipped for greater things!

Doors will open from 9pm with admission just €10. Tickets are available to buy online at http://www.christmasappeal.ie

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