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CSN Music Graduate Story: Áine Whelan

Meet CSN Music Graduate Áine Whelan. Part of our Course Graduate Stories Series

This article is part of our CSN Music Graduate Profile Series

Áine Whelan

Year graduated from CSN?

Long ago when Jesus was in nappies!

Current area of work

Professional vocalist.

Singing teacher/lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music.

New album due for release in 2017.

Currently on tour with Colm Wilkinson (Music Theatre).

Vocalist/Arranger with Swingabella, 1940’s inspired vocal trio and big band.


Advice to CSN student/graduates:

In an industry that is fiercely competitive, it is not enough to just be a great player, singer or songwriter. Be versatile to increase employment potential.

Be open to all genres of music, explore and develop other styles of playing.

Make time to study your instrument and improve your musicianship skills.

If you present yourself as a professional musician it is expected that you can read music fluently. 

Previous work:

Toured throughout USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Ireland with international artists encompassing popular music, rock, country, folk and roots, jazz and musical theatre. Twenty years experience of live performance and studio recording with artists such as Van Morrison, Nick Lowe, Donovan, Sharon Corr, Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Storm, Brian Kennedy, Christie Hennessey, and Sharon Shannon. Toured Europe with Irish traditional bands including Flook, Beoga and The Red Hat Band.

Recorded for Universal, Decca, Verve, Geffen, Proper, Lost Highway and Rhino Records, has appeared on over one hundred television shows as a vocalist and vocal arranger for BBC, PBS, UTV and RTE.

First solo album and songwriting debut ‘Between The Moon and Mercury’ earned a nomination for Tatler Magazine’s ‘Woman of The Year’ award. Appeared in the Canadian Film Bloomsday Cabaret which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival.


Have you kept in touch with many of your classmates? Are they still working in the industry?

Some classmates and bandmates became close friends and we see each other regularly.  Many others are on Facebook and we keep in touch there. Most of my classmates no longer work in the music industry.

Did you find your time at CSN beneficial?

My time at CSN was hugely inspirational and productive. 

In two short years I gained invaluable experience that I have benefited from throughout my career.  The advice and support from Chris, Ursula and Johnny was informed, influential, very much appreciated very and still is!

Aine Whelan in concert
Áine Whelan (Photo by Con Kelleher)


This article is part of our CSN Music Graduate Profile Series