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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For a young artist in his twenties, Dubliner Cian Nugent is inspired by music of another age. His debut album Doubles was a favourite around here, featuring elongated John Fahey (revered American guitar bluesman) style songs. Since then, Nugent as released on on small but respected independent American labels like Matador and No Quarter. Musically… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Rosa Nutty’s ‘Fine Print’ and her accompanying EP established the Dublin singer-songwriter as one to watch. Now, the track has a video made by Sean Clarke. Nutty is currently working out with a new live band and has a gig lined up on February 5th in the Bello Bar. Bunny by Rosa Nutty

Posted on December 17th, 2015

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Myles Manley released a mini-album this year featuring a firm favourite ‘Pay Me What I’m Worth’ (a good creed for any musician). The mini LP, More Songs, ends with ‘Slip into the Sea’, a slow-moving cosy song. For the video, experimental filmmaker Michael Higgins took to Sligo and filmed it on a friend’s farm with… Read more »

Posted on November 26th, 2015

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway city singer-songwriter who aptly quietly released his debut EP Placid Ocean in September last year. The 12-minute EP came to my attention after the it appeareed in a single Youtube video by David Boland of the band New Pope. Inspired by surf pop and the seaside, the free EP has… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2015

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Dundalk man Shane Clarke has been making a reputation for himself with his gentle falsetto-laden singer-songwriter music under the name Elephant, particularly live where he’s accompanied by a friend on keys. His debut album though, largely chucks out that stripped-back tag. From the Bon Iver-esque ’80s light-synth-channeling opener of 14 Crows to the the triumphant folk… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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TV still has the capacity to surprise musically as it showed famously last year with Future Islands on Letterman. Dublin trad band Lynched aren’t in that category but in their own small way a live appearance for the Planxty-style band was a monumental leap. Little known at home, the “folk miscreants” featured on Later With… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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One of the hits of last weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, have an EP coming on November 13th on Trout Records. They’ve impressed live and with the EP’s first track ‘Madrid’. Today we have ‘Blood Moon’, a song which closed their HWCH set impressively with its hook-filled harmonics and… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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It’s been nearly three years since we had some new music from Owensie and longer since the second album Citizens but today came news that Out On A Limb will release his third album Dramamine on Friday November 13th. The layered-vocal acoustic title track for the song takes its name from the motion sickness drug,… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2015

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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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