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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