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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Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue. Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’. Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video. Rue present an… Read more »

Posted on October 7th, 2016

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I caught a bit of Niamh Regan’s set after the Sing Along Social at Electric Picnic at the start of this month and was taken by the University of Limerick-attending Galway singer-songwriter’s voice. Regan’s voice has the inflections of UK folk music singers like This Is The Kit, to a lesser extent, Laura Marling combined… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

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“Experimental Ambient-Folk” is the self-description that Donegal band For Foresters give to themselves and it’s easy to hear why on their new track ‘Bath’. Debuted via a live version of the song, For Foresters are Gabriel P. Blake, Conal Doherty and Gary Hamilton and the video was shot by Charlie Joe Doherty in Glen Valley… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2016

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Laura Ann Brady is a Dublin-based singer-songwriter whose music moves between acoustic folk and ambient styles aided by the zither and autoharp. She also sings live with Ocho. Her newest single ‘Masterpiece’ is an ambitious six minute single that never loses the listener’s interest. Its long running time suggests a turmoil of emotion, that doesn’t… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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Before At Swim arrives on Friday’s release day, Lisa Hannigan has revealed another track from the Aaron Dessner-produced album. ‘Ora’ is a piano-lead ballad was inspired by imagery of water. “‘I was adrift and caught in the ropes/ Under a pinhole sky, blowing off course.” begin the lyrics. “‘Aaron sent me the music, just the… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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The Galway-born Dublin-based singer songwriter Maija Sofia has released some fine gossamer lo-fi songs in the last year. Sofia released an EP, called The Sugar Sea in late 2015 and she’s got a new video for the opening track ‘Stains’, which she says “deals with the universal feelings of inadequacy and insecurity that come with… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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The four-piece folk band Mongoose released a harmony-lead collection of rambunctious folk pop music last year. For the followup single, ‘Doing Things Wrong’ addresses the current movement towards repealing the 8th amendment in Ireland. The amendment equates the life of the unborn, with the pregnant mother’s life, which as shown to be an issue in… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2016

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After debuting her excellent single ‘Distrust’, Ailbhe Reddy has kindly given myself first dibs on sharing her six-track EP Hollowed Out Sea with you. The EP takes that song’s confidence and runs with it on a Darragh Nolan-produced release of orchestral-swept singer-songwriter-lead music surrounded by musicians like Keith O’Reilly (keys/piano), Katie Lynn (violin), Muireann Ní… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2016

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Irish singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty impressed with her debut EP last year, and in particular the single ‘Fine Print’. For the followup song to that release, Nutty’s ‘Sea Salt’ conveys an increased arrangement complexity and a maturity in songwriting and addresses “how early-life relationships dissolve as people begin to polarise with age.” Watch the video by Sean… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has been writing music since she was 10, yet she’s just released her first single ‘Before It Has Begun’, a mournful finger-picked acoustic song released late last year. Followup single ‘Black & Blue’ is a melodic acoustic pop song in the vein of a brighter Daughter. It’s out 1st July 2016… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2016

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