With a background conducting orchestras and hosting open mic nights New York’s Lower East Side, Cal Folger Day is not your typical American transplant to Dublin. Her latest solo release, the Adornament EP, was recorded on an 8-track in Woodstock with vocal takes captured in Brooklyn and Dublin and put together in Ohio. The music… Adornament EP“>Read more »

Posted on February 26th, 2015

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Sufjan Stevens’ seventh album called Carrie & Lowell due on March 27th. The album is named after his mother and stepfather and addresses his mother’s death in 2012. It strips back his sound to arrangements that would be more akin to the folk style of Seven Swans than the bombastic busyness of The Age of… Read more »

Posted on February 16th, 2015

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Villagers have a third entitled Darling Arithmetic coming out on April 10th on Domino Records. The followup to {Awayland} is billed as an “intimate album entirely about love and relationships.” It was recorded at home in in O’Brien’s farmhouse loft with Conor playing every instrument – guitar, piano, Mellotron and brushes. It sounds like a… Read more »

Posted on February 2nd, 2015

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A jovial intro track called ‘Guesty’, in which Johnnie Common offers to put his mate on the guestlist for a free gig sets the mood for the Glasgow musician’s second solo record. Throughout Trapped In Amber, Common’s winking Scottish brogue guides us through an endearing album that pauses for an absurd humorous moment like a… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2015

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Over two years on from the first time we heard SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson sing ‘Sea Creatures’ as a 16-year old Derry pup on Other Voices, the song remains one of her best. As she has progressed as a songwriter and in career, via signing to Chvrches’ Goodbye Records and then Rough Trade, the music… Read more »

Posted on January 20th, 2015

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The English folk singer Marika Hackman has shown she has a way with folk textures that places her in a similar sonic space to her collaborators Alt-J (she appears on their new album, shares a producer in Charlie Andrew and supported them live). Her 2013 mini EP That Iron Taste was a worthy first release… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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The Newbridge band Knoxville Morning lead by Ciaran Dwyer, released an album in 2012 inspired by a road trip in the U.S. The band have been touring in Europe since, in Germany and Holland most recently, and thoughts have been brewing about the second album. The influences for new material have been closer to home… Read more »

Posted on December 22nd, 2014

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Lisa Hannigan has teamed up with An Postto raise funds for the Dublin Simon Community via Lisa singing a cover of ‘The Christmas Waltz’ as sung by Frank Sinatra in 1954. The song is featured on the ad for An Post and all €1 purchases of the track go towards Simon. The Christmas Waltz by Lisa… Read more »

Posted on December 9th, 2014

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Silences were one of my picks of the recent Hard Working Class Heroes lineup and the Armagh band have a new single and EP out. The band’s folk-leaning harmonic music is pleasing in its execution and ‘Sister Snow’ might be their best example yet. EP on Bandcamp: Sister Snow EP by Silences Performing at Other… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2014

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I’ve been keeping tabs on Derry-born Laura McGarrigle. Her atmospheric orchestral songs as Gaze Is Ghost made with piano, violin, guitar and McGarrigle’s delicately emotional voice have meant that I’ve been keeping an ear her way. She’s been playing live shows in her college town of Cambridge and there was previously an older 2013 EP … Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2014

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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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