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David Gray to mark 30th anniversary of debut album

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David Gray will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of his debut album A Century Ends with four back-to-back shows in his original stomping ground of Whelan’s of Dublin in the new year.

The British singer, whose 1999 record White Ladder remains the biggest-selling album in Irish history, will play the venue on February 1, 2, 3 and 4 of February with his original band line-up of Neill Maccoll and Craig Mcclune – thirty years to the day he first took to the Whelan’s stage.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale from 10am on Wednesday, 6 December, while general tickets go on-sale from 10am on Friday, 8 December.

White Ladder proved to be the catalyst for huge critical and commercial success for Gray, enjoying multi-platinum sales and an Ivor Novello award, but six years earlier, the then 24-year-old Gray was an undiscovered songwriter, having just released A Century Ends.

It made a fleeting chart impact in Ireland, but his very first Whelan’s show marked a significant turning point in his career, after he had spent much of the previous months touring England with little success.

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With the poet Pat Ingoldsby introducing David on stage, the gig had been DIY promoted by Donal Scannell, and RTÉ presenter Donal Dineen, presenter of the celebrated RTÉ music show No Disco and it began the enduring shared love between David and Ireland.

With the poet Pat Ingoldsby introducing David on stage, it was the night when the enduring love between David and Ireland first began.

“I’ve wanted to focus on A Century Ends for some time, and this feels like the right moment to do so,” David said.

“I think it’s a defining record in the same way that White Ladder was. It was my first record, and it tells the story of who I am just as vividly as White Ladder does.

“I also remember how those early gigs were so special. It’s going to be so intense – I might even revisit my 1994 look and bleach my hair blonde!”

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