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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The Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney is back on her own path. Carney recently wrote about her mental health experiences with depression and anorexia on her site, exacerbated by sexual assaults and bullying. It’s a brave thing to share for anyone and very much worth a read. She writes of feeling different, desperation, of being dropped… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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Patrick O’Laoghaire is currently recording some new music in Berlin for upcoming I Have A Tribe releases but we don’t have to wait any longer to hear some of it. ‘After We Meet’ is a song from his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon last year in re-recorded form and it feels like a fresh… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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Today, the volunteers and homeless who were occupying Apollo House vacated the premises to honour the court order to get them to vacate but not without strong words for the state. In a statement, Home Sweet Home said: “It is regrettable that in recent days the state has failed to take this opportunity to publicly… Read more »

Posted on January 12th, 2017

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Laura Marling is set to release her sixth studio album Semper Femina on March 10th on her own Alarming Records in conjunction with Kobalt Music. ‘Wild Fire’ is our second taster of the album, and like her Reversal of the Music podcast which featured Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Haim and Shura among others), it is… Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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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… Read more »

Posted on November 1st, 2016

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One of the best sets I saw at Hard Working Class Heroes earlier this month was from the Dublin-based four-piece Orchid Collective. Their set in Wigwam showcased a considered, sonorous folk-rock sound from four lads who have been growing into their music. This week, the band release their debut EP Courage and over four songs,… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2016

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Lykke Li has formed a new band with Miike Snow with help from Peter Bjorn and Jeff Bhasker called Liv, which if first track ‘Wings Of Love’ is anything to go by is, pastoral psychedelic folk pop. The project was started by Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Li who have been friends since touring a number… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2016

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