Let it be known that development that is worthwhile and sustainable doesn’t happen overnight. The 10,000-hour idea is one that holds true for creativity in many ways. Most artists work hard at their craft and get to where they are by putting an indeterminable amount of hours in, drawing from their life experiences and regrouping…. Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2016

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The Japanese folk musician Shugo Tokumaru has been a long-time favourite around these parts. Tokumaru was one of the first independent artists from far away I discovered via music blogs 10 years ago and I’ve kept tabs on him since. Tokumaru’s style is bright and pleasing, quirky and almost cartoony, exuberant and despite the language… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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With the forthcoming release of Let The Bad in and a productive and eventful SXSW Festival behind him, Ciaran Lavery has revealed the second single from the album due on May 27th. ‘Okkervil River’ adds a fresh perspective to Lavery’s craft, moving from ambient folk pop with digital beats to brass-lead crescendo swirling around his… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Mossy Nolan’s music walks a thin line between traditional Irish music, folk and singer-songwriter styles. His 2012 debut album was an amalgamation of all three and was refreshing because of it. For his newest EP, The Exile, Nolan joined by his trusted Bouzouki and cohort Colm McGowan’s guitar has hit upon a more established style… Read more »

Posted on April 5th, 2016

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Atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre are one of the best new Irish bands of the last year. Through their self-titled debut EP and a series of fine performances, most recently at SXSW in Texas and The Ray D’Arcy Show on TV last weekend, they have captivated people with their harmonic harp… Read more »

Posted on March 31st, 2016

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The talented Cavan singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill has made a welcome return with news of her third album, and followup to the 2013 Same Cloth Or Not album. ‘Pothole In The Sky’, the title track is a pleasing reintroduction to her storytelling sound. “On my way to heaven, I hit a pothole in the sky,” she… Read more »

Posted on March 16th, 2016

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Pine The Pilcrow are a new band I was only vaguely aware of until Ruby Sessions’ Conor Donovan recommended them as one of his favourite acts at the weekly night in my Irish Times How Music Works column. Kevin Murray on piano, Robert Campbell on cello and Hannah Ryan on fiddle have been together less… Read more »

Posted on March 15th, 2016

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Armagh singer-songwriter Conchúr White and his band Silences have been writing songs of growing stature with each new release like last year’s ‘The Sea’ and ‘Sister Snow’. ‘There’s A Wolf’, from the band’s third EP Luna, marks a leap once again. Produced by Declan Legge and Tommy McLaughlin, ‘There’s A Wolf’, going from a hushed… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Harry Bookless and Aaron Page, known as Carriages, were a regular fixture on Dublin music lineup in 2014 and early 2015, since they debuted with their wonderful single ‘Roots’, a folk and electronic mix using field recordings in its process. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to ‘Like A Child’, the newest song released by… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2016

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Ailbhe Reddy is a singer-songwriter who’s been bubbling under for a bit developing her sound. With an EP under her name from last year, Reddy worked with producer Darragh Nolan (Sacred Animals, producer with Johnny Stewart now Wolff and Dear Desert) at Asta Kalapa Studios on her new EP Hollowed Out Sea. ‘Distrust’ is her… Read more »

Posted on February 24th, 2016

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Antrim singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery has announced a second album Let Bad In to be released on May 27th. The album promises that the largely acoustic-based musician will take influences from Americana and hip-hop but on first single ‘Return To Form’ its the Lavery we know well coming through: Let Bad In‘s inception was inspired by… Read more »

Posted on February 17th, 2016

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The New York folk pop duo Overcoats spent last summer in Dublin winning over a new audiences before moving on to London and doing the same there. Now back in NYC, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have a new single ready for us. ‘Nighttime Hunger’ features the girls’ melodic sensibilities to the fore set to… Read more »

Posted on February 17th, 2016

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Come On Live Long’s singer Robert Ardiff has concocted a solo EP of material between takes from his main band. The three-track EP The Fall comes across as one-half of the conversation that takes place musically in Come On Live Long with a strong songwriting identity shining through the largely acoustic and ambience-filled music. The… Read more »

Posted on February 15th, 2016

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One of the supreme attractions to the music of Little Green Cars is the powerhouse voice of Faye O’Rourke. On the band’s debut album on songs ‘My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me’, ‘The Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Please’ O’Rourke brought a strong feminine vocal and a dramatic urgency to those songs… Read more »

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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Last year, in April, ‘Goji Berry Sunset’, a song from a seven-track EP called Capricorn, from Armagh singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton aka Jealous Of The Birds turned heads. Less than a year later, Hamilton’s lo-fi acoustic whistling Moldy Peaches-style tune has been given a polish for her debut album Parma Violets in April, the only track… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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