Come On Live Long’s singer Robert Ardiff released his debut solo EP in February 2016. The release offered the songwriter a different avenue from COLL’s sound of atmospheric and textured music as heard on their recent album. Ardiff has since completed a debut album Between The Bed and Room which will be out next month,… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2017

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway musician who channels the Beach Boys’ sunny warmth like no other in the country. As I’ve said before, it’s more Salthill than Santa Monica but his latest release, the full-length Ubique certainly echoes the late-era Beach Boys music on an an album that has a pleasing psychedelic haze. Joined by… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn aka Ye Vagabonds are Carlow brothers who have found a place for themselves in the music scene in Ireland through the help of more-established musicians like Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper, Lisa Hannigan and videographer Myles O’Reilly. Their resonant folk style has been picking up fans ever since 2014 and… Read more »

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

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​Harry​ ​Bookless​ ​and​ ​Aaron​ ​Page​’s Carriages project takes field recordings and weaves them into songs that sound organic, quaint and transformative at the same time. The Carriages project is the perfect start for independent promoter Homebeat’s new label arm as they are at the cross section of HB boss Emmet Condon’s musical interests and they… Read more »

Posted on September 27th, 2017

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Lilla Vargen is an Northern Irish artist who appeared with some interesting demos a couple of years ago and who played at Hard Working Class Heroes in 2015, but who has taken the time to develop her songwriting and music over the last while. She plays HWCH once more this Friday at the Tara Building… Read more »

Posted on September 26th, 2017

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Following the news that he had signed to Domino and the sharing of a song about the giant Irishman Charles Byrne, Seamus Fogarty has revealed a second song from his album The Curious Hand out October 6th. ‘Carlow Town’ recounts a night spent sleeping in a church in Carlow with Fogarty’s most immediate production yet… Read more »

Posted on August 8th, 2017

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Adrian Crowley will release his eighth album Dark Eyed Messenger his fourth for Scottish label Chemikal Underground on October 6th this year. ‘The Wish’ is the lead-track from the album, which over 11 songs finds Crowley ditching his guitar at the suggestion of producer Thomas Barlett (The Gloaming). It was recorded with Barlett in his… Read more »

Posted on July 24th, 2017

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UK indie survivor Domino Records has signed Mayo alt-folk exponent Seamus Fogarty, and released a video for his label debut single ‘Short Ballad for a Little Man’ this morning. A string-laden introduction gives way to drone and synths, serving as an introduction for Fogarty’s creative approach to a bigger audience. Directed by Kieran Evans (Vashti… Read more »

Posted on June 29th, 2017

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The actor (Orphan Black, Redwater, The Conjuring 2, Sing Street), writer, filmmaker (she’s just completed her own film A Different Kind of Day) and musician Maria Doyle Kennedy returns to the latter with a new song ‘Pride’ to trail the release of a as-yet untitled album due later this year. The song has an expansive… Read more »

Posted on June 6th, 2017

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Saint Sister, the atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty today release a new single in advance of gigs this summer which include a big headline show in the National Concert Hall on June 7th and the dates listed below. ‘Causing Trouble’ expands the duo’s core sound with more instrumentation than before, while keeping… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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Dublin singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty has followed up her recent single ‘Sea Salt’ and her debut EP with ‘Fizzy’, a “song about Dublin, Club Lemon and feeling sorry for yourself.” ‘Fizzy’ is the first single from Nutty’s second EP Pips, which will be launched at The Workman’s Club on June 1st with support from Bad Sea.

Posted on May 17th, 2017

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The Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is currently excelling at this music thing. Building on last yer’s debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and January’s once-off single ‘Relent’, Reddy has released a new EP which gets a first listen through Nialler9 today. Attach To Memory features four tracks (and one edit) of recent songs recorded in a… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2017

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Karen Sheridan’s Slow Skies project has returned with ‘Shut Your Eyes’, their first new song since ‘Winter Night’. The song is a gentle and intimate song which is accompanied by a video by Kevin and Páraic McGloughlin. The song is on Nialler9’s Irish Music Playlist on Spotify.

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Dundalk band We, the Oceanographers are off to Toronto for Canadian Music Week next week where they are record new music with Dave Newfeld who is known for working with Broken Social Scene. Before that though, they’ve released a brand new song ‘I Can’t Give You Both’, a song of both lo-fi ends and sweeping… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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Tom Adams is a Cambridge singer-songwriter and composer with a debut album called Silence on the way on May 5th through Kowloon Records. My introduction to him is the stunning time, a reflective and ambient-tinged piano ballad anchored by Adams’ gentle falsetto. It grows in tone and stature as the song progresses with Adams’ voice… Read more »

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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