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I caught a bit of Niamh Regan’s set after the Sing Along Social at Electric Picnic at the start of this month and was taken by the University of Limerick-attending Galway singer-songwriter’s voice. Regan’s voice has the inflections of UK folk music singers like This Is The Kit, to a lesser extent, Laura Marling combined… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

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“Experimental Ambient-Folk” is the self-description that Donegal band For Foresters give to themselves and it’s easy to hear why on their new track ‘Bath’. Debuted via a live version of the song, For Foresters are Gabriel P. Blake, Conal Doherty and Gary Hamilton and the video was shot by Charlie Joe Doherty in Glen Valley… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2016

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Laura Ann Brady is a Dublin-based singer-songwriter whose music moves between acoustic folk and ambient styles aided by the zither and autoharp. She also sings live with Ocho. Her newest single ‘Masterpiece’ is an ambitious six minute single that never loses the listener’s interest. Its long running time suggests a turmoil of emotion, that doesn’t… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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Before At Swim arrives on Friday’s release day, Lisa Hannigan has revealed another track from the Aaron Dessner-produced album. ‘Ora’ is a piano-lead ballad was inspired by imagery of water. “‘I was adrift and caught in the ropes/ Under a pinhole sky, blowing off course.” begin the lyrics. “‘Aaron sent me the music, just the… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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The Galway-born Dublin-based singer songwriter Maija Sofia has released some fine gossamer lo-fi songs in the last year. Sofia released an EP, called The Sugar Sea in late 2015 and she’s got a new video for the opening track ‘Stains’, which she says “deals with the universal feelings of inadequacy and insecurity that come with… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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The four-piece folk band Mongoose released a harmony-lead collection of rambunctious folk pop music last year. For the followup single, ‘Doing Things Wrong’ addresses the current movement towards repealing the 8th amendment in Ireland. The amendment equates the life of the unborn, with the pregnant mother’s life, which as shown to be an issue in… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2016

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After debuting her excellent single ‘Distrust’, Ailbhe Reddy has kindly given myself first dibs on sharing her six-track EP Hollowed Out Sea with you. The EP takes that song’s confidence and runs with it on a Darragh Nolan-produced release of orchestral-swept singer-songwriter-lead music surrounded by musicians like Keith O’Reilly (keys/piano), Katie Lynn (violin), Muireann Ní… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2016

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Irish singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty impressed with her debut EP last year, and in particular the single ‘Fine Print’. For the followup song to that release, Nutty’s ‘Sea Salt’ conveys an increased arrangement complexity and a maturity in songwriting and addresses “how early-life relationships dissolve as people begin to polarise with age.” Watch the video by Sean… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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