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Vermont’s Sam Amidon is one of the few American folk singers who equally at home delving into rich archive of folk music whether the song is of Appalachian origin or first sung in Derry. Lily-O, like his last album Bright Sunny South, will feature some reimagined folk songs including ‘Walkin’ Boss’, one of the first… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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Coming on like a male-fronted cover version of Daughter, ‘Give Me Something’ is a gentle folk song from the Yorkshire duo Seafret. It swells into its chorus from finger-picked guitar and subtle threadbare instrumentation, with the singer Jack Sedman (joined by Harry Draper on guitar) pining for a way forward. It’s the lead track from… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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Having impressed at Hard Working Class Heroes last year with their experimental off-filter folk and electronic songs, Carriages, the duo of Harry Bookless and Aaron Page have built up a reputation locally in Dublin as a fine live act. Their music often takes in field recordings captured around the city (parks, museums, concert halls and… Read more »

Posted on June 26th, 2014

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Lydia Ainsworth has spent much of recent history composing music for film, art installations and contemporary dance ensembles. For her new album, Right From Real Part I, coming on Canadian label Arbutus Records (home to Braids, Doldrums, Sean Nicholas Savage and TOPS), the Brooklyn/Toronto musician, along with a string quartet and a drummer, is stepping… Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2014

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Staring At Lakes are a new band formed in 2011 as Raffiki but this year, are gearing up to release a debut album this summer, starting with the launch and release of their impressive first single. The band consists of Grace Tooher, Ciaran Toohey, Laura Sheary, Sean Carroll, James Tooher and Tom Retamiro and ‘Consanguinea’,… Read more »

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

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Jenn Grant is on an Irish tour at the end of the month that sees her take in gigs in Dublin, Dingle, Galway, Wexford, Cork and Belfast. The Nova Scotia singer was previously nominated for a Polaris Prize and has a new EP called Clairvoyant coming out on May 9th which features new songs, reworkings… Read more »

Posted on April 17th, 2014

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Printer Clips is Paul Noonan’s new project where he teams up with Joan As Policewoman, Lisa Hannigan, Martha Wainwright, Gemma Hayes, Amy Millan, Julia Stone, Danielle Harrison, Cathy Davey, Maria Doyle Kennedy & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh for new music. A self-titled album is coming on May 23rd but before that there’ll be two EPs featuring the… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2014

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As a member of other bands prior including Slow Skies, Patrick O’Laoghaire struck us with his own debut track, ‘Monsoon’, a piano lullaby with a gorgeous chorus and subtle electronic touches that lift it out of the ordinary. He’s since gone on to support Anna Calvi on her European tour. He’s following up that opening… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Here’s a really lovely acoustic cover of Chvrches’ ‘The Mother We Share’ from SOAK in Bridie Monds Watson’s inimitable own style. Her Blud EP is out now on Chvrches’ label Goodbye Records. Free download. Blud EP Blud EP by SOAK

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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