News

September 2008

Ian Whitty's album "The Lucky Caller No.9" will be released on October 24th, with the album launch in The Pavilion, Cork on October 15th.

" 'The Lucky Caller No.9' is the long awaited first full length studio album from Ian Whitty And The Exchange. The record was produced by top Irish producer Ken McHugh (Dave Kitt, Autamata) and mastered by Dave Collins in Los Angeles (Bruce Springsteen, Janes Addiction). It was recorded by Ian Whitty And The Exchange in 2007 between the legendary Connollys of Leap in West Cork and Adda/My Sanctuary studio's in the hills of Wicklow.

The singles from the album 'Not On Your Side' and 'Houndstooth Shirt' have been playlisted on national, regional and college stations nationwide. 'Houndstooth shirt' also appeared on this years IMRO Tour compilation. Lush strings and brass dominate the indie pop arrangements of the new recordings and the up tempo nature of the songs marks an exciting progression from Ian's stripped back beginnings."

 

July 2008

donal.ie: "Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent"

"Ian Whitty and his band were up next on stage in the Spiegeltent after Cian and Aaron Dillon almost two weeks ago. I’ve seen Ian Whitty play numerous times over the years and he is now a more rounded and complete artist. His debut album Will o’ the Wisp is more softly spoken and subtle than the rockier sound he and his band now display. Having said that the later music still has the fantastically clever and imaginative wordplay so evident on Will o’ the Wisp. The next album is coming out later on this year and it’s one I can’t wait to get my hands on; songs like Houndstooth Shirt and Not on Your Side are already instantly recognisable at his gigs."

 

April 2008

"Houndstooth Shirt released on April 18th is the first single to be taken from Ian Whitty’s full length debut album. The song was written about a shirt that Ian bought in a thrift store in New York whilst doing some gigs there a couple of years ago. “I guess the song itself is about the feeling of promise and release that comes with a Friday after you have been dragged by the eye balls across your working week,” is what Ian himself says about the song.

The single features vibrant string and brass arrangements, and was recorded by Ian Whitty and his recording and touring band ‘The Exchange’ with top Irish producer Ken Mc Hugh last year.

Since Ian’s emergence, he has been a highly active figure in the thriving Cork scene as well as being invited to perform with many of the luminaries of the Irish scene including Declan O’Rourke, Bell X1, Josh Ritter, Damien Rice, The Frames and Roderigo y Gabriella, to name but a few. Most recently Ian has been invited to perform as part of the IMRO tour 2008.

Ian is a songwriter who firmly believes in craft and in always placing substance over style. He is most often praised for his distinctive vocal delivery and lyricism that manages to be urgent, humorous and razor sharp without ever sacrificing the storytelling that underpins his songs.

Some of the new Ian Whitty recordings have already been selected for use in multiple documentaries, compilations and short films."

 

March 2008

Ian Whitty's new album "The Lucky Caller No.9" is scheduled for a September release. 'Houndstooth Shirt' will be available for download from iTunes, eMusic and indiestore from April 18th 2008.

"Houndstooth Shirt is the first single to be taken from Ian Whitty's full length debut album. The song was written about a shirt that Ian bought in a thrift store in New York whilst doing some gigs there a couple of years ago. “I guess the song itself is about the feeling of promise and release that comes with a Friday after you have been dragged by the eye balls across your working week,” is what Ian himself says about the song.

The single features vibrant string and brass arrangements, and was recorded by Ian Whitty and his recording and touring band 'The Exchange' with top Irish producer Ken Mc Hugh last year."

 

March 2006

Ian Whitty is supporting Roesy on his 'Colour Me Colourful' tour:

Sat 25/03/06 Roesy and band, The Half Moon, Cork.
Support by Ian Whitty and band.
Tue 28/03/06 Roesy and band, Róisín Dubh, Galway.
Support by Ian Whitty and band.
Sat 01/04/06 Roesy and band, Dolan's, Limerick.
Support by Ian Whitty and band.
Fri 07/04/06 Roesy and band, Whelan's, Dublin.
Support by Ian Whitty and band.

March 2006
March 25th Cork The Half moon with band opening for Roesy Doors 8.00
March 28th Galway Róisín Dubh with band opening for Roesy Doors 8.00

April 2006
April 1st Limerick Dolan's Warehouse with band opening for Roesy Doors 6.00
April 7th Dublin Whelan's with band opening for Roesy Doors 8.00

 

March 2006

Ian Whitty has recorded an Irish version of a new song for the Seachtain na Gaeilge compilation "Ceol '06". The song is 'Houndstooth Shirt' which translates as Léine cú Fhiacaile.

"CEOL ’06 contains a selection of breathtaking songs in Irish put together by some of the best singers and bands in the music industry. The Irish language belongs to all and these CDs show that there are many different ways to use it. All profits from these CDs will be donated to Concern to help with educational projects in Mozambique (last year we raised €20,000 for Mozambique and this year we believe that we can double the amount with your help!). The double album will be released on the 3rd of March 2006."

 

June 2005

Upcoming Ian Whitty gigs: check www.ianwhity.net for updates

AUGUST 2005
August 17th Birr The Chestnut Garden Sessions festival with a host of others (with full band) Doors 6.00
August 19th Killarney The Granary Headline Show with full band Doors 9.00
August 28th Dún Laoighre, Dublin Eblana Club Room full of tuneful on tour Show 7.30-10.30

JULY 2005
JULY 21st CORK CITY The Lobby Bar Headline Show with string and brass interaction and special guest Q, Ian's Last ever Lobby show due to the sale of said venue, note Tickets are limited to 50 and are available from the lobby (021 4311113) Doors 8.30
JULY 23rd Mallow The Lodge Special Guest of John Spillane's Doors 8.30
JULY 29th Dublin Annesley House Opening for Q. Doors 8.00
JULY 30th Offaly Charleville Castle Tullamore, Castlepalooza Festival see www.morfest.com for Details Starts at 2.00PM

JUNE 2005
JUNE 27th ROUNDSTONE ROUNDSTONE ARTS FESTIVAL Eldons Hotel Starts at 6.00
JUNE 26th BIRR THE CHESTNUT Solo show with special guest Dave McArdle 8.00-10.00
JUNE 15th CORK THE SPIEGELTENT (Phone Bookings on 1890 200 555/Tickets available from the Festival office 15 GRAND PARADE) Ian with band & FRED Doors 7pm, on stage 8pm sharp.

 

May 31 2005

New gigs from Ian in June:

-Wednesday June 15th, The Spiegeltent, Cork - FRED/ Ian Whitty and Band, Doors 7.00 PM. (Bookings on 1890 200 555, or from the central booking office aty 15 Grand Parade).

-Sunday June 26th, The Chestnut, Birr - with special guest Dave McArdle, Doors 8.30 PM.

-Tuesday June 28th, Roundstone Arts Festival - Monday June 27th.
Location: Eldons Hotel. Time: 6pm. Ticket Price: 7 Euro.
(For ticket information please contact Roundstone arts office on: 095 35709, open 10am-6pm daily; or email at info@roundstoneartsweek.com)

 

April 2005

Upcoming Ian Whitty gigs:

MAY 11th DUBLIN THE STAGS HEAD(upstairs) Headline show with very special guest Q. Doors 8.30
MAY 6th GALWAY ROISIN DUBH Opening for FRED Doors 8.30
MAY 2nd CORK THE BROGUE FREAKSCENE/DOWNTOWN BAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (2/3 songs) Doors 7.

 

March 2005

Upcoming Ian Whitty gigs:

APRIL 17th Cork Triskel Arts Centre AFTERNOON SHOW, All ages show with the Shades, Siobhan Oliver, Rory Mc Donnell and Alan Murphy. Doors 3.00
APRIL 17th Clonakilty De Barras Headline show Doors 9.00
APRIL 20th Galway Inner ear at Busker Brownes(upstairs) Headline show with guest Stephen Hill Doors 8.45.

 

February 2005

Ian Whitty will be supporting Mark Geary in The Lobby, Cork on February 18 2005.

 

January 2005

Tsunami disaster fundraiser gig the savoy (early till late) cork fri 21st jan featuring , the frank and walters, john spillane, niall connolly, fred, ger wolfe, freddie white, waiting room, ian whitty, and gavin moore. Minimum donation 20 euro. Please help spread the word for this very worthy cause.

 

December 2004

December 23rd Killarney The Granary Christmas show with FRED, TINO RAS & SWEETBEATS Doors 8.00pm
December 17th Dublin Crawdaddy Christmas show with FRED Doors 8.00pm
December 5th Dublin Whelans Opening for Declan O'Rourke Doors 8.00pm.

 

June 2004

Two For Joy/Dusty Angels single tour around Ireland.

Summer Dates
June 12th - The Lobby, Cork - Doors: 9.00
June 17th - McCarthy’s Bar, Dsingle - Doors: 9.00
June 29th - De Barra’s, Clonakilty - Doors: 9.00

July 2nd -Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh - Doors: 8.00
July 8th - The Stag’s Head(upstairs),Dublin- Doors: 8.30

Aug. 20th - The Blackbird, Ballycotton – Doors: 9.00

 

September 23 200--?

MUSIC EVENT
Sirius Arts Centre Is Proud To Present
An Evening With
BRENDAN O’SHEA & IAN WHITTY
FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 8PM – TICKETS €10

Ian Whitty hails from Killarney and is known for his melodic contemporary folk sound that has led him to be identified as a strong new voice in Irish songwriting. Building a steady following in Ireland Ian has been performing nationwide for over three years now. Last year he completed his first tour of America's East Coast. In recent times Ian has performed alongside such acclaimed acts as The Frames, Josh Ritter, Katell Keineg and Mundy to name but a few. He just recently supported Mark Geary in Cork at the Half Moon Theatre in Cork.

For more information or to book tickets contact Sirius Arts Centre at (021) 481 3790.