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John’s latest album, Passage of Time, is now available on Bandcamp! It features 33 of his original compositions, many of which have been performed and recorded by artists all around the world.

Tip Jar and Patreon Account

There’ve been several requests to place “tip jar” information here on John’s website. You can now navigate to the Tip Jar menu tab (at the top of the page) for John’s Venmo information and a link to his PayPal. All contributions are very much appreciated. Thank you for your generous support!

John now has a Patreon, too! Fans can subscribe to support John’s creative efforts and receive exclusive photo and video content, updates and more. Visit John’s Patreon page to sign up.

Announcing: The Whelan Master Sessions!

John is excited to announce the launch of the Whelan Master Sessions.

Upcoming guest artists include Phil Cunningham, Damien Mullane, Daithí Gormley and David Munnelly for Boxing Day (Dec. 26); Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey (Jan. 2); Liam Kelly and Tom Morrow (Jan. 9); and many more greats to come.

Click the Master Sessions tab in the menu bar to learn more how about how you can play, listen and chat LIVE on Zoom with masters of the tradition.

Student Slots Available

John has student slots available for anyone interested in learning the button accordion; email him at whelanbx1@me.com for more information.

John also teaches the essence of the music, through rhythm and phrasing, for any instrument.

“Taking Time” Slow Sessions

Every Wednesday, John hosts a free “Taking Time” slow session on Zoom. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, starting at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern/midnight Irish/UK time, and usually last about two hours. Everybody is welcome to enjoy playing (or listening to) favorite tunes at a comfortable tempo.

To sign up for the Taking Time, all you have to do is sign up for John’s email newsletter. He sends out the Zoom link and tune list every week, usually on Tuesday evenings.

Get a Signed Copy of John’s Latest CD

John’s latest CD, Passage of Time, features 33 original compositions, some of which have been featured on popular television series like “Sex and the City.” Click the links below to read a review of John’s latest work.

To purchase an autographed copy of this CD directly from John, email him at whelanbx1@me.com.

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    Wild Atlantic Music Tour

    John will be bringing a group of people to Ireland in 2021 in conjunction with Wild Atlantic Music Tours. John is proud to be part of these exceptional tours with such luminaries as Kevin Crawford, Séan Tyrrell and Blackie O'Connell.

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    to download the details of the exciting events, sessions and special guests in John's tour itinerary, or visit the Wild Atlantic Music Tours website to book your seat on the tour.