The actor (Orphan Black, Redwater, The Conjuring 2, Sing Street), writer, filmmaker (she’s just completed her own film A Different Kind of Day) and musician Maria Doyle Kennedy returns to the latter with a new song ‘Pride’ to trail the release of a as-yet untitled album due later this year. The song has an expansive… Read more »

Posted on June 6th, 2017

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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… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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Dublin singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty has followed up her recent single ‘Sea Salt’ and her debut EP with ‘Fizzy’, a “song about Dublin, Club Lemon and feeling sorry for yourself.” ‘Fizzy’ is the first single from Nutty’s second EP Pips, which will be launched at The Workman’s Club on June 1st with support from Bad Sea.

Posted on May 17th, 2017

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The Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is currently excelling at this music thing. Building on last yer’s debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and January’s once-off single ‘Relent’, Reddy has released a new EP which gets a first listen through Nialler9 today. Attach To Memory features four tracks (and one edit) of recent songs recorded in a… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2017

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Karen Sheridan’s Slow Skies project has returned with ‘Shut Your Eyes’, their first new song since ‘Winter Night’. The song is a gentle and intimate song which is accompanied by a video by Kevin and Páraic McGloughlin. The song is on Nialler9’s Irish Music Playlist on Spotify.

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Dundalk band We, the Oceanographers are off to Toronto for Canadian Music Week next week where they are record new music with Dave Newfeld who is known for working with Broken Social Scene. Before that though, they’ve released a brand new song ‘I Can’t Give You Both’, a song of both lo-fi ends and sweeping… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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Tom Adams is a Cambridge singer-songwriter and composer with a debut album called Silence on the way on May 5th through Kowloon Records. My introduction to him is the stunning time, a reflective and ambient-tinged piano ballad anchored by Adams’ gentle falsetto. It grows in tone and stature as the song progresses with Adams’ voice… Read more »

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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Niamh Regan is a Galway singer-songwriter with a classic folk sound that stretches back to Karen Dalton but can also be heard on the newest music from Laura Marling. last year, she gave us ‘She’ in that vein and this week, Regan released a 5-track EP. Check out the video for ‘Tried To’ from the… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2017

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Caoilian Sherlock has had lots of odd jobs over the years – a potato picker, a Santa Claus, a temp at Virgin Megastores, an inferior barista, a voice “actor”, a regular “actor”, a sexual health teacher, a “moving picture” at a Harry Potter themed wedding. And that doesn’t count the actual music work. When not… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2017

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Dermot Kennedy is a young folk singer-songwriter who has been making some industry noise in the last year. Live, he has supported the likes of Glen Hansard and James Vincent McMorrow and Spotify streams of last year’s ‘After Rain’, a woodsy romantic folk pop number is now well over 19 million streams. Thus far, his… Read more »

Posted on March 31st, 2017

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It was no major surprise that someone who was thoughtful in writing about music as Shane Culloty would be able to turn his hand to writing reflective music in the vein of the music featured on The Torture Garden site but it is not a given. Many have not veen able to translate their love… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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For a musician who started out in the toy-bashing indie pop band Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna is a songwriter whose music has taken on a more serious grandiose tone in recent years and it’s a sound which really suits him. Coming after ‘Camaradie’, ‘Underprotected’ and ‘Austria’, ‘Bad Boys’ continues this classic pop songwriting vibe… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia’s ‘Persephone’ is the musician’s best single song yet. Dispensing (or rather graduating) with lo-fi recording techniques, ‘Persephone’ was produced and recorded by North London electronic artist Gazel. ‘Persephone’ is an intimate folk pop song that Sofia says is a song “of despair, an ethereal retelling of the Greek tale of a… Read more »

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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Fionn Regan will release his first album in five years this April 14th. The Meetings of the Waters arrives after Regan’s song was recently sampled on Bon Iver’s 22 A Million album, which resulted in the pair playing together at Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel live rehearsal shows that Vernon was involved with. ‘The Meetings of the… Read more »

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

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Father John Misty looks set to release a new album called Pure Comedy on April 7th, in Ireland, the UK & Europe through Bella Union and in the rest of the world on Sub Pop. As Stereogum pointed out, a Matthew Daniel Siskin-video featuring footage of Trump, memes, well-known recent video footage and original campaign artwork matches the song’s… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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