Saint Sister, the atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty today release a new single in advance of gigs this summer which include a big headline show in the National Concert Hall on June 7th and the dates listed below.

‘Causing Trouble’ expands the duo’s core sound with more instrumentation than before, while keeping their melodious intent intact.

“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.

More on the song:
Morgan: There are a lot of references to Belfast – where I grew up – that I wasn’t quite aware of at the time.
The references to Van Morrison’s ‘And it Stoned Me’ came about after hearing a cover version of the song. We were playing a gig in the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Conor O’Brien (Villagers) sang the song. His performance opened up the lyrics for me and strangely helped me access Van Morrison in a way I’d been softly rebelling against for a while (having been spoon fed Van Morrison from a young age). I suddenly wanted to gobble up Van again and embrace the music and stories and poetry from Belfast that I used to spend a lot of time with. I think I had shrugged a lot of that off over the last few years as I tried to make my home in Dublin. In doing so maybe I ignored – or forgot – a lot of the raw elements and influences that I used to draw from.

The Basin referenced in the song is the Blessington Basin, in Dublin. It’s a little park, known as the Secret Garden, which used to be a drinking reservoir. I live right beside it now. It kind of comes out of nowhere. All this water just appears out of a quiet, grotty, forgotten Dublin street, like a mirage.
The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions.

Gemma: Morgan first brought some lyrics and melodic ideas and I started working on the arrangement, that’s generally how we work together. From the start it felt quite laid back and spacious. I’d been listening to loads of 90s tunes, Moby and Massive Attack, and wanted to keep the verses sparse and give the chorus plenty of space to soar. The first attempt had no harp on it, but it worked its way in when we began playing it live, as it’s such a big part of our live show. We had loads of craic in the studio with this one with Alex [Ryan] who co-produced it with us. At the last minute, we found a beautiful old Wurlitzer in the attic which had some electrical problems; one of us would have to sit on it while the other played to stop it from humming, so it just about made it in!

Tour Dates

27 May – Mountshannon Arts Festival – Clare
30 May – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK 31 May – Ort Cafe – Birmingham, UK
June – St Pancras Old Church – London, UK
June – Gullivers – Manchester, UK
June – The Old Hairdressers – Glasgow, UK
7 June – National Concert Hall – Dublin
June – Innenhof Rathaus – Binzen, Germany
June – Guggenheim Kulturhotel – Liestal, Switzerland
July – Cafe Verkehrt – Murg-Oberhof, Germany
July – Werkraum Schöpflin – Brombach, Germany
July – Kesselhaus – Freiburg, Germany
July – Fernet Branca – St Louis, France
July – Earagail Arts Festival – Donegal
July – The Band Room – Yorkshire, UK
July – Latitude Festival – Suffolk, UK
29 July – Galway Arts Festival
1-3 Sep – Other Voices @ Electric Picnic
1 Oct – 7 Layers Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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Other Voices have revealed the first names for their Electric Picnic stage lineup for September will feature:

  • Saint Sister
  • Odetta Hartman
  • Loah
  • Charlie Cunningham
  • Katie Laffan
  • SOULÉ
  • Jafaris

More to be announced.

In previous years, OV hosted Hozier, Villagers, St. Vincent, Julia Jacklin, Mano Le Tough, Joey Bada$$, Rejjie Snow, The Staves, Glen Hansard, East India Youth and more.

Here’s the full Electric Picnic lineup so far.

Facebook event.

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

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Galway International Arts Festival have announced its lineup for mid-July and it includes a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Music-wise Brian Wilson was already announced for the Absolut Big Top while Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Passenger, Gavin James, The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems are on the bill.

A lot of the music events take place at Roisin Dubh and there’s some sweet gigs lined up including a rare James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds event.

Monday 17th July – West Cork Ukulele Orchestra
Tuesday 18th July – Lisa Hannigan
Wednesday 19th July – Loah & Shookrah
Thursday 20th July – Overhead, The Albatross
Friday 21st July – Deirdre O’Kane & Páraic Breathnach
Saturday 22nd July – The Soul Rebels
Sunday 23rd July – Dublin Gospel Choir
Monday 24th July – Wallis BIRD
Tuesday 25th July – Beoga & Eve Belle
Wednesday 26th July – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band
Thursday 27th July – James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds, with Slow Place Like Home
Friday 28th July – Jarlath Regan & Tom Rhodes (USA)
Saturday 29th July – Saint Sister & Jealous of the Birds
Sunday 30th July – JFDR

Tickets on sale now from roisindubh.net and giaf.ie.

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

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‘My Ireland’ is a poem by Stephen James Smith (you will know him from ‘Dublin You Are’, at least) commissioned for St. Patrick’s Festival set to visuals by Myles O’Reilly and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Inni-K, Saint Sister, Loah, Ye Vagabonds. It was all produced, recorded and mixed by Conor O’Brien.

It’s a poem about the good, the bad and the ugly of Ireland: Savita, Magdalene laundries, Zig & Zag, Apollo House, thanking bus drivers, notions, Skelligs and Star Wars, Jobsbridge, The Fear, executions at Kilmainham jail, getting the ride in Copper Face Jacks. My Ireland “knows Dunphy is a spoofer”…

Let it wash over you.

Stephen James Smith is among the performers at Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation which will also feature Rusangano Family, Emmet Kirwan, Hare Squead and more.

Credits

Written & narrated by Stephen James Smith
Filmed & edited by Myles O’Reilly
Produced, recorded & mixed by Conor O’Brien
Violin & bouzouki by Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Backing vocals by Morgan MacIntyre & Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister), Loah & Ye Vagabonds.
Harp by Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister)
Bodhrán by Stephen James Smith
Closing song Guí by Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K)

Posted on February 15th, 2017

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Saint Sister have announced their biggest show yet to take place at The National Concert Hall on June 7th.

Tickets €17.50 includes booking fee – on sale this Friday at 10am from Nch.ie or calling (01) 417 0000.

Gemma Doherty and Morgan Macintyre are the makers of the most beautiful new music in Ireland right now. So far, they’ve an EP an a double A-side single released and 2017 has seen them supporting Lisa Hannigan and impressing industry at Eurosonic.

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Ding Ding Dingle. The 15th edition of Other Voices in the Kerry town is only a week and a bit away and that means the announcement of more acts and activities to the festival/TV show/ December getaway for music fans.

After the first names were revealed for the church/ the IMRO other room and the music trail we now have more names revealed:

  • All Tvvins
  • Imelda May
  • Rusangano Family
  • Saint Sister
  • Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley
  • Le Galaxie

That’s not all of course, the organisers have announced a Music Trail West – a music event featuring live music around the Dingle Peninsula on the Saturday, a vinyl artwork exhibition and Ireland’s Edge, a related conference.

The St. James’ Church recordings will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Dublin born/London made DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac and Fight Like Apes’ May Kay. eir will stream the St James’ Church performances live to ten venues across Dingle town.

Finally, you can win tickets to Other Voices today right here.

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s best new music industry festival and it takes placefrom January 11 – 14th in Groningen, Netherlands, a quiet time perfect for catching the bands ahead for the year.

2017’s first 84 bands have been announced and among them are:

Anna Meredith, Chinah, Klangstof, Weval, Albert af Ekenstam, Ekkah, Mahalia, The Amazons and Irish acts Áine Cahill, Lisa O’Neill, Picture This, Bry and Saint Sister.

Full list with country.

AdHd (is), Áine Cahill (ie), Albert af Ekenstam (se), Albin Lee Meldau (se), Anna Meredith (gb), Baloji (be), Basheskia & Edward EQ (ba), Baywaves (es), Bazart (be), Beissoul & Einius (lt), Bernays Propaganda (mk), Best Youth (pt), Birthh (it), Black Dylan (dk), Black Foxxes (gb), Blaudzun (nl), Brass Rave Unit (nl), Bry (ie), Buslav (pl), Camp Claude (fr), Carpenter Brut (fr), CHINAH (dk), Christian Löffler (de), Chui (hr), Cocaine Piss (be), Death Alley (nl), Delv!s (be), Donnerwetter (nl), EKKAH (gb), Elle Exxe (gb), Eskei83 (de), Faber (ch), Fil Bo Riva (it), First Breath After Coma (pt), First Hate (dk), Fran Palermo (hu), Jonna Fraser (nl), Gallowstreet (nl), Good Harvest (se), Gurr (de), HAUS (gb), Holy Nothing (pt), IDLES (gb), Jadu Heart (gb), JOHN GRVY (es), JP Cooper (gb), Kel Assouf (be), Klangstof (nl), Kuenta i Tambu (nl), Lisa O’Neill (ie), Lookapony (nl), Mahalia (gb), Matt Maltese (gb), Nils Bech (no), Noiserv (pt), Novo Amor (gb), Octa Push (pt), Onuka (ua), Paceshifters (nl), Palace Winter (dk), Paul Sinha (nl), Picture This (ie), Pink Oculus (nl), Rodrigo Leão (pt), Ronnie Flex (+band) (nl), Sailor & I (se), Saint Sister (ie), Seramic (gb), St. Grandson (be), Sturla Atlas (is), Swedish Death Candy (gb), The Amazons (gb), The Dubbeez (nl), The Ills (sk), The Kik (nl), The Mysterons (nl), The Wacky Blues Professors (si), Throes + The Shine (pt), Txarango (es), Vera Jonas Experiment (hu), View (fi), Weval live (nl) and WILDES (gb).

Festival tickets are on sale now from €70 for the weekend passes up to €137.50 for all dates.

Other bands already announced include Hare Squead, Palace Winter, Roosevelt, Wyvern Lingo, Ward Thomas, Bonzai and Anna Of The North.

My piece from earlier this year.

Posted on November 8th, 2016

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The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.

The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated.  ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.

Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.

The band play Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral on Saturday night.

Buy the 7″ direct from Communion.

The songs have been added to the Nialler9 New Irish Music playlist.

Posted on November 1st, 2016

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Electric Picnic just added a final glut of acts to the sold-out festival in Stradbally.

The new additions are:

  • Skepta
  • James Bay
  • Bell X1
  • Walking On Cars
  • Adam Beyer
  • Abc
  • Gorgon City
  • The Lightning Seeds
  • Lindsey Stirling
  • Oh Wonder
  • Mothers
  • Hermitage Green
  • Picture This
  • Rejjie Snow
  • Ryan Sheridan
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Brian Deady
  • New Jackson
  • King Kong Company
  • Rusangano Family
  • Daithí
  • Otherkin
  • Pleasure Beach
  • Saint Sister
  • Talos
  • Hare Squead
  • District 8 Djs
  • Neon Wolf
  • Cc Brez
  • Barq
  • Eve Belle
  • Sample Answer
  • Wild // Youth
  • Fangclub
  • Áine Cahill
  • Tim Chadwick
  • Trinity Orchestra
  • Dublin Gospel Choir

Don’t forget you can win VIP tickets to the sold out festival on Nialler9.

Previous Picnic announcements.

Posted on August 19th, 2016

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BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line is the best radio show showcasing new Irish music from across the island. It’s a fine example of the exact thing that RTÉ is missing from its schedule – foundational support for emerging music in the Republic (shameful really). It’s currently presented by Rigsy and Stuart Bailie and I contribute to it every 4-6 weeks, as I did last Monday.

Across The Line started as The Bottom Line in September 1986 and 30 years later as Across The Line, it’s still championing Irish music and to mark the occasion, there will be a special gig on Monday September 5th at Ulster Hall, doubling as a broadcast that will feature live performances and interviews with SOAK, Therapy?, Villagers (acoustic), R51 and Saint Sister with more TBA.

Audiences can apply for tickets to this special concert – they will be allocated through a random draw and applications can be made until Monday 1 August at 4pm. Tickets will be limited to two per person.

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster from 8pm-10pm and streamed live on bbc.co.uk/radioulster

Rigsy says: “I was practically reared on ATL, with Mike Edgar introducing me to so much amazing Irish music throughout the 90s. So, it’s a real privilege to be presenting the show these days alongside Stu Bailie – and to be involved in this 30th anniversary celebration gig. As is always the case with ATL – we’ve a mix of huge success stories and exciting, box-fresh bands we’ve only recently discovered. It should make for another truly special and memorable night – which it would need to be in order to mark such a momentous milestone!”

Stuart Bailie says: “ATL and The Bottom Line have been a great source of my musical education. I remember the days of Davy Sims and Mike Edgar with fondness and it’s been an honour to have become part of that fearless story. So many excellent artists have been nurtured, supported and promoted to the wider world and the Ulster Hall gig will see some of that love being returned by the acts. I’m sure that will be reflected in the audience response also, while I’m looking forward to an ATL team reunion – a top collection of professionals, music devotees and mavericks.”

Posted on July 26th, 2016

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Another Love Story proved itself to be one of the best little festivals going last year courtesy of Homebeat/Happenings with its manor setting, ballroom, living room gigs, cinema, woodlands and lawn hangouts among the appeal.

It returns to Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co. Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August and it’s just let loose some of its plans.

Music wise, we’re talking:

  • Meltybrains?
  • Saint Sister
  • Talos
  • Stomptown Brass
  • SlowPlaceLikeHome
  • Carriages
  • Badlands
  • Æ Mak
  • Attention Bebe
  • Beach
  • Slow Moving Clouds
  • Old Hannah
  • J.Cowhie
  • Variant Sea
  • Participant
  • Kobina
  • Robert John Ardiff
  • Marlene Enright
  • & more tba

Another Love Story organisers Homebeat and Happenings will announce their first international act later in the summer.

DJs, more names, The Shift Shack, Talks, Walks, Yoga, Qui Gong, Theatre, Roland’s Cinema D’amour, Glitteration Station, The Cosmic Canopy, The Love Summit, The Deepest Darkest, Woods Stage, The Teenage Crush, The Library, The Parlour Room & more are also lined up and to be revealed.

Tickets

with standard camping are:

Early Bird: €95 [SOLD OUT]
Regular: €125
Last Throes: €140
(Late bookers & price on door for weekend, if available): €160

Boutique Camping is available too.

Poster by Steve McCarthy

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Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre are one of the best new Irish bands of the last year.

Through their self-titled debut EP and a series of fine performances, most recently at SXSW in Texas and The Ray D’Arcy Show on TV last weekend, they have captivated people with their harmonic harp folk music.

‘Blood Moon’ is my favourite of the Saint Sister songs so far. While the pair are in Kerry right now to record EP number two with producer and Hozier bassist Alex Ryan, they have shone extra light on the song with a new video directed and produced by Myrid Carten & Aphra Lee Hill and starring Meabh Parr & Emma White.

Hear the EP in full:

Their RTE TV Performance:

Posted on March 31st, 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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Celtic folk pop duo Saint Sister have announced a headline show at Unitarian Church, Dublin on Friday 27 May 2016. Tickets: €15.00 + fee on sale today from Ticketmaster.


DJ Kormac has announced an Irish and UK tour of his A/V show. Featuring a stripped-down performance of Kormac, a drummer and vocalist, the tour starts Friday in Limerick:
Friday March 11th – Limerick – Dolan’s Warehouse
Thursday March 24th – Drogheda – Fusion
Friday March 25th – TBA
Saturday March 26th – Leap – Connolly’s
Saturday April 2nd – Galway – Roisin Dubh
Friday April 8th – Belfast – McHugh’s
Friday April 22nd – London – Venue TBA
Saturday April 23rd – London – Venue TBA


Japan’s  cult punk trio Shonen Knife celebrate their 35th Anniversary this year with some Irish dates in April and May.
April 30 – Dublin, Whelans
May  1 – Belfast, CQAF
May 2 – Cork, Crane Lane


UK indie electro band The Slow Readers Club are coming to The Workman’s Club on Saturday, 23 April. Tickets are just €6.


The Inishbofin Arts Festival returns from April 29th to May 1st in Galway and features I Draw Slow, Conor Walsh, Nicholas Timothy, Coda, Ye Vagabonds and Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny.


Overhead, The Albatross‘ last gig at The Workman’s Club was cut short last time due to a power failure on the block but they are back in the venue on Saturday, 9 April to finish the job. Tickets are Pay What You Like on the door.

Posted on March 9th, 2016

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Vantastival have revealed the first glut of names for their festival at Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda on the 3rd and 4th of June.

Included are:

King Kong Company, The Young Folk, Saint Sister, The Hot Sprockets, Fiach Moriarty, The Bonnevilles, Elm, MuteFish, The Cujo Family, The Inishowen Gospel Choir.

Local acts include Elephant, Third Smoke, David Keenan and Jinx Lennon, all of whom hail from Dundalk.

Vantastival are taking applications from local musicians for the 2016 line up until 4th March.

Tickets are on sale now at €75 for two nights camping.

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

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