Music / November 16, 2021

Girl Band change their name to Gilla Band

Music / November 16, 2021

Girl Band change their name to Gilla Band

Words: Dylan Murphy

They’ve also announced three shows in Whelan’s in January.

Today, Irish group Girl Band have revealed they are changing their name to Gilla Band with immediate effect. The four piece from Dublin took to social media to explain their decision.

Speaking on Instagram the band said:

“We are changing out band name.

We will no longer be performing or releasing records under the name Girl Band. We apologise for choosing a misgendered name in the first place and to anyone who has been hurt or affected by it.

When we were starting off it was chosen without much thought, from a place of naivety and ignorance. We had no grasp of the weight of it at the time and in the past few years have found it impossible to justify or explain this choice. Regardless of our intention the effect of the name has been damaging to individuals. To try and negate any unfortunate role we’ve played in propagating a culture of non inclusivity in music or otherwise, we have decided to change it.”

Thank you to those who spoke up about it and educated us on this, either directly or indirectly. Moving forward we will be performing and releasing records under the name Gilla Band. Gilla being a given name taken from Old Irish.”

The group also took the moment to announce a residency in Whelans in January.

Jan 14 2022 – Whelans, Dublin
Jan 21 2022 Whelans, Dublin
Jan 29 2022 Whelans, Dublin

Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10.00, with presale available from their mailing list.

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