Yesterday, Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia was one of 18 new artists I recommended to check out at Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend. Today, here’s another reason, a track called ‘The Girl Who Pulled The Sun Down’ which flaunts a lo-fi singer-songwriter folk style that draws comparison to one of my favourite Irish acts vocally… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2015

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Saint Sister came into our lives via a video performance of their track ‘Castles’ that set their sound in the Celtic-influenced harmony folk world or “atmosfolk” as they call it. For the title track from Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s Madrid EP, due October 30th on Trout Records, there’s a pleasing ethereality to the song… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2015

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The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty recently successfully completed a Kickstarter for her debut EP Bunny, but I’d wager with more ears on the young singer’s songs, there won’t be a need to crowdfund in the future. Vocal harmonies are front and centre on the six-track EP which has a minimal choral folk feel with some… Read more »

Posted on August 20th, 2015

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Overcoats are a talented New York duo currently living in Dublin for the summer who have made a small splash with their harmony-driven minimal ambient folk music with gigs at Ruby Sessions and Longitude. So far we’ve heard ‘The Fog’ and ‘Smaller Than My Mother’, both fine examples of JJ and Hana’s command of their… Read more »

Posted on July 24th, 2015

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Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe, has returned with a new track to follow up his debut EP from last year. ‘Scandinavia’ feels like a song that’s been revealed as written in a letter, a confessional late-night whisper with O’Laoghaire resolving his own mortality and existence. The song was recorded in Villagers’ Conor O’Brien’s house… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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Hailing from Belfast and Derry but based in Dublin, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s project Saint Sister (formerly O Sister) has supported San Fermin, Spies and Will Butler lately and it’s easy to hear why. A folk-rooted duo with a background in the Trinity Orchestra (same as Hozier and others), their harmonic vocal chops feature… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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I introduced you to the melodic ambient pop folk New York duo Overcoats recently through their excellent track ‘The Fog’. Just this week, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell moved to Dublin for the summer, where they will be recording their debut album. New song ‘Smaller Than My Mother’ pushes their sound further into looped vocal… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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As they did with Leo Drezden, Smalltown America hosted a performance from Sea Legs, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s project that produced a short EP which evokes and is inspired by the Donegal coast. As the EP is quite short, the pair performed a cover of SOAK’s ‘Sea Creatures’ as part of the set. Check… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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I’ve been supremely calmed by the music of Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby, who formerly called himself Suntrapp. His most recent tracks have had a reflective and harmonic effect that eases you. ‘Yaninna’ with its Graceland-style reverbed-harmonies and plaintive guitar is so at ease, it’s been my wake up song this past week. It features on… Read more »

Posted on June 4th, 2015

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Dublin jazz folk foursome Mongoose are one of 14 bands who have recorded a cover for Sound Training College and KnockanStockan’s charity album Growing Home, all proceeds for which will go towards the Peter McVerry Trust. Túcan, Interskalactic, Fox Jaw / The Hot Sprockets, Val Normal, New Secret Weapon, Ajo Arkestra and Mamah Kasbah are… Read more »

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

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Overcoats are a New York-based duo who describe their music as “electro-folk-soul”, an accurate descriptor for their melodic ambient pop folk songs so far (that’s mine). The two 21 year olds, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell, are moving to Dublin next month to write their full-length album, as they came here last year and enjoyed… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2015

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‘Twisted Arrow’, the new song from Belfast singer-songwriter Arborist, only has Kim Deal (formerly of Pixies, The Breeders) on backing vocals. Mark McCambridge just chanced his arm emailing one of his heroes and she was into it. Nice. Her vocal was recorded in Dayton, Ohio and it fits the track’s wistful country folk as does… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2015

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Bridie Monds-Watson was asked by Rookie Magazine to cover St. Vincent which she did in her own inimitable way and they interviewed her about it and her music as part of it: So much of that song, and what Annie Clark has said about it, is about her disdain for internet culture and people broadcasting… Read more »

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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Rarely a month goes by in which I don’t receive some Northern Irish music gem from BBC NI Across The Line’s keen team. I contribute to the show once a month and last night, new co-presenter Stuart Bailie really pulled something out of nowhere with this track. ‘Goji Berry Sunset’ is a track from a young Portadown singer-songwriter… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2015

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The Armagh band Silences were a recent pick at last year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Their lilting folk song ‘Sister Snow’ was my way in. Conchúr White, Christopher Harbinson, Breándan White, Jonathan Downing and Michael Keyes are back with a new song and they are gearing up for two shows at The Great Escape… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2015

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