Dublin singer-songwriter Callum Orr released his second EP, Dawning Throes in the Unitarian Church last week. The EP, recorded with Darragh Nolan suggest a blossoming expressive acoustic folk pop songwriter across its seven tracks. An easy highlight, is ‘Love’ which blossoms itself from bright guitar plucks to an full-flight orchestral and electronics movement. Orr is… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2016



I Have A Tribe’s Patrick O’Laoghaire is approaching the release of his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon next month on May 27th through Groenland Records, and with each passing song and performance, his stature is growing, as he showed us in the Co-Op earleir this month. ‘Buddy Holly’, from the record is an emotive… Read more »

Posted on April 26th, 2016


Lisa lowres

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




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



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



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


Lisa lowres

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


Pine 2

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