The English folk singer Marika Hackman has shown she has a way with folk textures that places her in a similar sonic space to her collaborators Alt-J (she appears on their new album, shares a producer in Charlie Andrew and supported them live). Her 2013 mini EP That Iron Taste was a worthy first release… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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The Newbridge band Knoxville Morning lead by Ciaran Dwyer, released an album in 2012 inspired by a road trip in the U.S. The band have been touring in Europe since, in Germany and Holland most recently, and thoughts have been brewing about the second album. The influences for new material have been closer to home… Read more »

Posted on December 22nd, 2014

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Lisa Hannigan has teamed up with An Postto raise funds for the Dublin Simon Community via Lisa singing a cover of ‘The Christmas Waltz’ as sung by Frank Sinatra in 1954. The song is featured on the ad for An Post and all €1 purchases of the track go towards Simon. The Christmas Waltz by Lisa… Read more »

Posted on December 9th, 2014

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Silences were one of my picks of the recent Hard Working Class Heroes lineup and the Armagh band have a new single and EP out. The band’s folk-leaning harmonic music is pleasing in its execution and ‘Sister Snow’ might be their best example yet. EP on Bandcamp: Sister Snow EP by Silences Performing at Other… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2014

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I’ve been keeping tabs on Derry-born Laura McGarrigle. Her atmospheric orchestral songs as Gaze Is Ghost made with piano, violin, guitar and McGarrigle’s delicately emotional voice have meant that I’ve been keeping an ear her way. She’s been playing live shows in her college town of Cambridge and there was previously an older 2013 EP … Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2014

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Jennifer Evans has been an artist to watch for three or four years now but no rush is recommended in diving headfirst into a debut album, it may have seemed like it was around the corner, any day now. Myself, I was only wondering about her new music yesterday. As it happens, today it was… Read more »

Posted on September 24th, 2014

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For their new EP, entitled Keepsake, Slow Skies (Karen Sheridan & Conal Herron) have amped up the atmosphere between the notes and words, moving their sound into more dynamic and effective places. A couple of weeks ago the ’80s feel of ‘Ice Field’ marked that change. It’s further reinforced by ‘Bodies’, track two on the… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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Rhob Cunningham’s 11-minute song ‘The Head Collector’ which features Cathy Davey and Conor O’Brien is a rush but naturally, due to its standalone nature, it does not feature on his new album The Window & Day. But what does feature is the opening track ‘Quiet Song’, a more plaintive Nick Drake-style song without a chorus,… Read more »

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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Young Bridie Monds-Watson is now 18 but she’s been on our radar over three years already. However, this year she signed to Rough Trade so expect a lot of people to start to take more notice, especially once they give her the industry support she started with Chvrches on the single ‘Blud’. ‘B A noBody’… Read more »

Posted on September 9th, 2014

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Here’s something a lot of people have been waiting for. My Favourite Faded Fantasy is Damien Rice’s first album in 8 years and it will be released October 31st. It was produced by none other than Rick Rubin alongside Rice. Rice has trailed the album with the title track, which goes from picked folk to… Read more »

Posted on September 9th, 2014

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Vermont’s Sam Amidon is one of the few American folk singers who equally at home delving into rich archive of folk music whether the song is of Appalachian origin or first sung in Derry. Lily-O, like his last album Bright Sunny South, will feature some reimagined folk songs including ‘Walkin’ Boss’, one of the first… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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Coming on like a male-fronted cover version of Daughter, ‘Give Me Something’ is a gentle folk song from the Yorkshire duo Seafret. It swells into its chorus from finger-picked guitar and subtle threadbare instrumentation, with the singer Jack Sedman (joined by Harry Draper on guitar) pining for a way forward. It’s the lead track from… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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Having impressed at Hard Working Class Heroes last year with their experimental off-filter folk and electronic songs, Carriages, the duo of Harry Bookless and Aaron Page have built up a reputation locally in Dublin as a fine live act. Their music often takes in field recordings captured around the city (parks, museums, concert halls and… Read more »

Posted on June 26th, 2014

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Lydia Ainsworth has spent much of recent history composing music for film, art installations and contemporary dance ensembles. For her new album, Right From Real Part I, coming on Canadian label Arbutus Records (home to Braids, Doldrums, Sean Nicholas Savage and TOPS), the Brooklyn/Toronto musician, along with a string quartet and a drummer, is stepping… Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2014

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