Sid Whelan is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and Blues/Americana musician who is building a reputation for his well-crafted lyrics and his harmonically-rich guitar voicings. Says the Lonesome Highway Blog (Ireland): “Sid Whelan has an impressive guitar prowess, holding his own against a coterie of accomplished players.” He cut his teeth on rock & roll in the mid ‘80’s and in the ‘90’s was lead guitarist with various world music acts including the Lijadu Sisters and later Afroblue. In 2013 He created the band Whelan and released the group’s first CD ‘Flood Waters Rising,’ a blues-inspired collection of nine songs, which Blues Matters (UK) called “…a definitive return of a great musician.” Songs from that disc are part Sid’s current live show, as is repertoire from the 13-song 2015 disc ‘The Story of Ike Dupree,’ which features a horn section arranged and led by the great funk pioneer Fred Wesley.
The majority of Sid’s performances have been in the United State but he has performed in Ireland and Canada as well. Sid has just released his 3rd album, ‘Waitin’ for Payday.’ This new album represents a shift even further into Sid’s concept of the blues as a jumping off point for pushing the envelope as a singer-songwriter. As such it stretches further stylistically than the first two and point toward Sid’s future projects which will delve further into the rock+blues+country+soul ingredients that form the base of the Americana musical stew.
Sid has studied songwriting with Grammy-winning artists Steve Earle and Chely Wright. He has studied guitar with Woody Mann and Howard Morgen.
‘Waitin’ for Payday,’ ‘The Story of Ike Dupree’ and ‘Flood Waters Rising’ available now at Bandcamp, Amazon, I-tunes, CD Baby, Soundcloud, Spotify, Youtube and Reverbnation.