This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Bitch Falcon give us their new track ‘Of Heart’, a Nialler9 favourite. Fans will recognise this one as a stand out from live shows giving a slow dirge of rock that creeps across its running time menacingly.


Paddy Hanna’s father’s illness lead him to write a song inspired by American singer Mario Lanza. A very upbeat and joyful track with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.


Sligo producers Brame & Hamo are back two years on from their last release with a new 3 track EP. ‘Hurt You’ off the new EP is a hard-hitting track with trance flavours and vocal samples that deliver a deeper tone in comparison to their earlier work.


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Laoise- Rich

Galway electronic pop artist Laoise’s new track is deeply atmospheric and shows off her powerfully haunting vocals. Laoise continues to develop her visual aesthetic too via the new video by Christian Tierney.


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Nefera- I Dare You

Egyptian/Irish R&B artist Nefera third single ‘I Dare You’ has a catchy beat with soulful vocals. You may find yourself singing along to this one after a few listens.


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Sonja Sleator- Mia

Belfast-based singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator reminds me of a Irish version of Courtney Barnett. This song has a very catchy upbeat melody with narrative lyrics about the titular character.

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Darce – Valhalla ft Eve Clague

Alt-hip-hop rapper Darce has teamed up with fellow Cork native Eve Clague on a track that captures the essence of youthful antics in rural Ireland with backing vocals that enhance the song’s emotion.

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New Portals – Chasing Shade

The prolific Belfast couple Ruth and Michael Aicken are back with new track ‘Chasing Shade’. They say: “it’s a song we wrote about that one person we all know who is just happy with their lives no matter what happens. We’re off busying ourselves, trying to make the world a better place or build a better or more fulfilling future for ourselves and some people are just happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This song is about how envious we are of those people and how we wish we could just get away from the compulsions that drive us.”

Posted on November 15th, 2017

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Fans of Bitch Falcon will know ‘Of Heart’ from live shows but the single out November 24th is now available in recorded form.

The song is slow dirge of a rock song that creeps across its running time menacingly.

Drummer Nigel Kenny says, “The song has been hidden away and kept from release while finalised the arrangement which changed gradually over the course of about 4 years. This track has a very strong, personal subject matter and as a result it was carefully cradled, cajoled, encouraged and moulded in to the final result.”

The band have gone through a change of bassist this year when original member Naomi Macleod left this summer and was replaced by Barry O’Sullivan.

Bitch Falcon are on tour this week and are playing Cork, Dublin and Galway and are supporting Pussy Riot in Belfast. They will also play Eurosonic in 2018.That’s the bitchin’ artwork above.

Posted on November 10th, 2017

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Bitch Falcon are a grunge-leaning rock trio from Dublin. This we know and that they are a class live prospect.

Ahead of their Longitude set on Friday, the band’s Lizzie Fitzpatrick has added another string to the band’s bow with a remix of their ‘Wolftooth’ track in remix form as done by Fitzpatrick herself.

In the band’s words “It’s a big one! Haven’t played this before and it’s really exciting to access a completely new audience and find a new stage to bring our little bit of chaos to. Longitude better get ready and reinforce that stage!”

Here’s the original live

Posted on July 10th, 2017

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Bitch Falcon released their new song ‘Syncope’ not but two days ago but they clearly don’t give a fuck as they’ve just released the video for the song also featuring a predominantly stun hun gang demonstrating how not to give a fuck in a showcase of general badarsery. They draw the line at stealing dogs, as we all should.

Produced / Directed / Edited by Kate Dolan
Produced / Cinematography / Grade by Philip Blake

Stun Hun – Aoife Spratt
Pyro – Emily Fox
Miss Scarleh – Ali Fox
Mary – Megan Woods
Cute Picnic Gal – Linda Kelly
Bus Stop Guy – Eddie Murphy
Second Camera / Skater Dude – Gar O’Rourke
Production Assistant / Dog Owner – Andrea Farrell
Toby The Dog as Himself

Posted on April 5th, 2017

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Delving deeper into the hard rock sludge and coming out stronger, Bitch Falcon’s new single ‘Syncope’ heaves with a metallic edge, Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s heavy breathing and recalls the days of grunge more accurately than most.

The song is a live favourite of the band, one that has helped gained them the rep they have for representing a new breed of Irish rock music.

The song is also on Nialler9’s New Irish Music playlist.

Previously: Watch Bitch Falcon’s new ’90s MTV-inspired music video for ‘Clutch’

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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A song first premiered here last year, ‘Clutch’ is from the Dublin rock trio Bitch Falcon who are on tour around Ireland.

The video, directed by Spice Burger, has a ’90s MTV2 performance-based feel to it and that is intentional say the directors:

For this, we always knew we wanted to do something performance based. Even though we’d never done anything like this before we felt Lizzie’s stage presence was just too powerful not to take full advantage of. From here we met with the band, chatted about some of the meaning and inspiration behind the song as well as 90’s music videos that had an early impact on them. We developed an idea based around two opposing forces. The first represents a kind of external pressure with various images that give a sense of suffocation and constriction; of pushing and breaking through a bond. We then mixed this with a second thread that communicated a kind of internal energy. A visual representation of that internal rage. In this world, Lizzie was able to move without resistance, just pure, uninhibited energy. As the video progresses these two things push and pull against one another more and more to give what we hope is a spin on a traditional performance piece that’s a little abstract and a little visceral.”

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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The Dublin alt-rock trio Bitch Falcon have announced an Irish tour happening next month and taking in the Workman’s in Dublin, Waterford, Portlaoise, Limerick, Cork and West Cork among them.

Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Guitar/ Vocals) Naomi Macleod (Bass) and Nigel Kenny (Drums) will also head to Canadian Music Week and there will be new music later in the year to follow ‘Clutch’.

Bitch Falcon Irish Tour dates:

February 10 – Central Arts – Waterford
February 11 – Kavanagh’s Pub – Portlaoise
February 16 – Roisin Dubh – Galway
February 18 – Dolan’s Warehouse – Limerick (supporting Redneck Manifesto)
February 25 – Workman’s – Dublin
March 10 – Connolly’s – Leap
March 11 – Cyprus Avenue – Cork

Tickets for Dublin priced €13 go on sale this Thursday 27th January at 9am through TM & usual outlets nationwide.

More dates are to be added.

Posted on January 25th, 2017

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I’ve spent 11 years writing about and documenting Irish music, with an emphasis on Dublin, my hometown and capital city.

The music scene has changed a lot in those times, not only from the industry side: with the revenue in flux, streaming music changing the landscape and a greater emphasis on the experience that can’t be downloaded – the live music and club scene.

An increase in bands and artists buoyed by the possibilities that digital access affords has lead to a varied music scene no longer anchored by a monotone stream of singer-songwriters. Dublin’s music scene and the acts playing it represents an embrace of sound, a widening of the net, an exploration of the possibilities.

Nialler9 in association with Absolut came together to talk to the people who work in music and the people who promote, play and make it, about how they feel the music made here. There’s a sense of energy brewing once more. Dublin’s small size makes it a perfect place to play. You get to know other musicians and promoters. Artists cross-pollinate and collaborate. No one genre exists in their own bubble as in a city this size, especially at a festival like Metropolis; the possibility two bubbles can intersect and form a more interesting place, is never far away. A sense of collaboration and size means the prism of Dublin’s music can be discovered with ease.

In this video by Allen Kiely, we talked to the likes of Loah, Bitch Falcon, Le Boom, Homebeat, Ruth Medjber, DJ Deece, Hidden Agenda, DJ Sally Cinnamon, Kelly-Anne Byrne and Bantum.

We got a sense of how a city collaborates, influences, intersects, builds community, energises, grows, makes spaces and places for magic to happen.

The leading city lights mentioned by the assembled include Cinema, Yamamori Tengu, Metropolis, Saint Sister, Girl Band, Wastefellow, Damola and Akora.

Music is by Le Boom – ‘What We Do’

Posted on December 12th, 2016

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In between sporadic gigs around Ireland, Bitch Falcon have spent much of the last year since releasing ‘TMJ’ last July, recording new music.

The Dublin alt-rock trio of Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Guitar/ Vocals) Naomi Macleod (Bass) and Nigel Kenny (Drums) have come up trumps with this new single ‘Clutch’ out on Thursday on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios and Asylum Studios/Bow Lane over a two-day period, ‘Clutch’ sinks into a dark noise with tuned-down metal wails, a rolling bassline, synth textures with Fitzpatrick taking “an introspective look at intrusive thoughts” with extroverted vocal gusto.

The song was engineered and mixed by Robin Ball and mastered by Fergal Davis.

Bitch Falcon – Upcoming Dates

Body & Soul, June 17th, Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath
Sea Sessions, June 24 – 26 Bundoran, Donegal
Indiependence, July 29 – 31, Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Cork
Music City, July 4 – 10, Derry

Posted on June 14th, 2016

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Ceol Ar An Imeall will be back on TV screens from Thursday April 7th for its seventh season on TG4.

The Irish-language-based music television show is one of the few remaining shows aimed at a youth audience interested in new and alternative music.

This season new presenters Cian Ó Ciobhain and Eithne Shortall have taken over from Una Mullally. Cian is a respected DJ and broadcaster of An Taobh Tuathail on RnG and Eithne is an arts journalist with the Sunday Times and an experienced TV contributor.

On the show this season will be feature performances from 23 Irish bands including Bitch Falcon, Ham Sandwich, Wyvern Lingo, Oh Boland, Sam Amidon, The Academic, Buffalo Woman, Fierce Mild, The Staves and Ryley Walker.

Interviewees include Mark Ronson, St. Vincent, Everything, Everything; Hot Chip Chvrches and Jose Gonzalez.

The series kicks off this Thursday April 7 on TG4 with performances from Ham Sandwich and Wyvern Lingo.

A preview:

Bígí linn Déardaoin agus sraith úr nua "Ceol ar an Imeall" ag tosnú. Beidh ceol againn ó Ham Sandwich agus Wyvern Lingo…

Posted by Clár Imeall on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Some previous performances / interviews from the series:

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.

Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:

Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.

The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are:
Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.

For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:

David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins

Listen to the first Other Voices podcast.

Posted on November 16th, 2015

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Bitch Falcon were one of the recipients of some studio time of the recent Guinness Amplify campaign, given to some of the bands who participated in gigs and who were chosen by judges for recording ( Bitch Falcon were one of my choices).

‘TMJ’ is the direct result of that recording. The 5-minute song goes hard on a grunge-rock sound with vocalist Lizzie Fitzpatrick bringing the raucous energy on a song whose title references Temporomandibular joint, the part of your face which, let’s you move your jaw. Perhaps abundant plays of ‘TMT’ can lead to excessive teeth-clenching and grinding? You were warned! The song is released digitally on Wednesday.

Upcoming dates for Bitch Falcon

Knockanstockan – The Burrow – 10pm Friday 24th
Animal Fest – Fibbers Magees – 7th & 8th of August

Previously:

‘Breed’

‘Wolfstooth’

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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The independent festival Knockanstockan announced its first names for its 9th edition to take place on Blessington Lake on July 24th to 25th.

Among the names:
O Emperor, Bitch Falcon, The Eskies, Tucan, Contour, Rocstrong, Twin Headed Wolf, Gascan Ruckus, Robocobra Quartet,Kingston, Red Enemy, Syd Arthur, Cult Called Man, Rebecca Collins, Vernon Jane, Leo Drezden, Bunoscionn, New Secret Weapon, Megacone, Interskalactic, Mongoose, Hector Bizerk, Pockets, Bunk, The Witch Trials, Mama Kasbah.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am from knockanstockan.ie , priced at €80+fee.

Posted on March 9th, 2015

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On Friday February 20th, Nialler9, Le Cool, Goldenplec (who are going into print), The Last Mixed Tape are teaming up with The Sugar Club are putting on a selection of our favourite bands of the last year followed by a selection of DJ crews chosen by Choice Cuts.

The night will be hosted by Abner Brown’s and we’ll have:

Dear Desert
September Girls
Bitch Falcon
Carriages

With DJs after:
DIP, WellKnown and Discotekken.

Tickets are €12 on the door and €10 on the pre-sale available shortly.

Facebook event.

Posted on January 21st, 2015

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