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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Staring At Lakes are a new band formed in 2011 as Raffiki but this year, are gearing up to release a debut album this summer, starting with the launch and release of their impressive first single. The band consists of Grace Tooher, Ciaran Toohey, Laura Sheary, Sean Carroll, James Tooher and Tom Retamiro and ‘Consanguinea’,… Read more »

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

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Jenn Grant is on an Irish tour at the end of the month that sees her take in gigs in Dublin, Dingle, Galway, Wexford, Cork and Belfast. The Nova Scotia singer was previously nominated for a Polaris Prize and has a new EP called Clairvoyant coming out on May 9th which features new songs, reworkings… Read more »

Posted on April 17th, 2014

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Printer Clips is Paul Noonan’s new project where he teams up with Joan As Policewoman, Lisa Hannigan, Martha Wainwright, Gemma Hayes, Amy Millan, Julia Stone, Danielle Harrison, Cathy Davey, Maria Doyle Kennedy & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh for new music. A self-titled album is coming on May 23rd but before that there’ll be two EPs featuring the… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2014

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As a member of other bands prior including Slow Skies, Patrick O’Laoghaire struck us with his own debut track, ‘Monsoon’, a piano lullaby with a gorgeous chorus and subtle electronic touches that lift it out of the ordinary. He’s since gone on to support Anna Calvi on her European tour. He’s following up that opening… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Not content with life in his home of Australia, Dustin Tebbutt looked north. Where many Oz entertainment exports aim for UK success, Tebbutt looked further north to Sweden, a country with chillier climate but a hot music scene. His two years experience of working and making music there significantly influenced his musical output. New single… Read more »

Posted on March 27th, 2014

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