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The Galway singer and musician Adrian Crowley has made a name for himself for creating music of his own soundscapes. Across six albums, his music has moved from folk to gentle rock to singer-songwriter style to his newest album, his seventh, Some Blue Morning out this Friday, is certainly his most unique to date. The… Read more »

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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silences

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

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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Slow Skies New 2014

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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quietsong

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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soak

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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damienrice

Here’s something a lot of people have been waiting for. My Favourite Faded Fantasy is Damien Rice’s first album in 8 years and it will be released October 31st. It was produced by none other than Rick Rubin alongside Rice. Rice has trailed the album with the title track, which goes from picked folk to… Read more »

Posted on September 9th, 2014

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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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