John Shelly And The Creatures – new single out MAY 28th

Dinosaur is the debut album from Belfast band John Shelly And The Creatures. Without knowing it you’ve probably already heard the band. Their single Long May You Reign was used in the Discover Ireland advertising campaign. The song is indicative of the sort of music the band creates; instantly recognisable, unique and downright charming.

They have already received critical acclaim and in the run up to the album’s launch the band played on The Late Late Show, a fantastic accomplishment for an unsigned band. They performed their follow up single on The Eleventh Hour with Dave Fanning, which was broadcast in May 2010 on RTE television and have been played on FM 104’s Strawberry Alarmclock, Ryan Tubridy Today and Today With Pat Kenny on RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk’s Weekend Blend.

The band draw on a number of influences which is evident in their songs. There’s a wonderful blend of songs on the album. It has some very sweet and melancholy songs like Sunny Side Street and Frost and some really catchy songs like Long May You Reign with its almost bluegrass guitar melody.

Dinosaur is a perfect album for summer (if summer ever gets here).  It’s very dreamy and mellow and feels absolutely effortlessly charming. Every song on the album feels as if it was lovingly written and produced to absolute perfection.

The only criticism I can think of for the album is that there aren’t enough songs on it.

The band’s new single Killer is out on MAY 28th

They also have a number of upcoming gigs.

25 May 2010 9pm – 
Ruby Sessions in Doyles, Dublin

27 May 2010 8pm  – 
The Spirit Store, Dundalk,

2 Jun 2010 8pm – 
The Top of the Town Omagh

11 Jun 2010 8pm – 
Dolans (Upstairs) Limerick

18 Jun 2010 8pm 
Flowerfield Arts Centre Portstewart,

3 Jul 2010 6pm – 
Willowstone Arts & Music Festival Killyleagh

4 Jul 2010 8pm – 
Donegal Square Donegal Town, Donegal

13 Jul 2010 8pm – 
Mullingar Rocks Festival Mullingar, Westmeath

31st July 
Indiependence festival,  Cork

6th Aug 2010 8pm -
Indie Go Festival Fenagh, Carlow

They can also be found online at the following sources:

EPK & Links to the Band: 
Website: Myspace:




About Jane Ward

I’m finally getting around to updating this section. I’m a recent Journalism graduate, and love flexing my writing muscles by updating this blog. I’ve had a fair bit of work published in a number of publications including student magazines and also in the national press. This blog isn’t the most serious one in the world as you may have noticed, it’s mostly for fun but I do try and post as much serious work as I can. More recently I’ve been involved in music journalism as it’s always been a passion of mine. I’m always open to submissions so if you have a demo or anything you’d like reviewed or previewed I’ll gladly post something. Hope you enjoy the blog
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