Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn aka Ye Vagabonds are Carlow brothers who have found a place for themselves in the music scene in Ireland through the help of more-established musicians like Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper, Lisa Hannigan and videographer Myles O’Reilly. Their resonant folk style has been picking up fans ever since 2014 and… Read more »

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

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Ships‘ album Precession is one of the finest records of the year song-wise along with the most sonically detailed. It’s been on constant play since it came out earlier in the year and Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen’s gigs have been regular features since. For the Simon-featuring vocal cut ‘I Can Never’, the Dublin band… Read more »

Posted on September 28th, 2017

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London-raised, Belfast-based, Zimbabwean artist Leo Miyagee introduces himself on ‘IDGAF’ with a brief history of his career and motivations so far – “he’s a chav at heart,” he’s been living in Belfast for 7 maybe 8 years, he supported Chipmunk and has been looking beyond his own city lately. ‘IDGAF’ is from the Trust God,… Read more »

Posted on September 28th, 2017

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Lilla Vargen is an Northern Irish artist who appeared with some interesting demos a couple of years ago and who played at Hard Working Class Heroes in 2015, but who has taken the time to develop her songwriting and music over the last while. She plays HWCH once more this Friday at the Tara Building… Read more »

Posted on September 26th, 2017

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One of the highlights from David Kitt’s recent New Jackson’s recent output is ‘Electric Blue’, his Bowie homage style track that came out on Fort Romeau’s label before his debut. At the recent Other Voices Berlin event, Kitt performed the song live for the cameras. Watch above. Watch Talos perform ‘In Time’ from Other Voices… Read more »

Posted on September 26th, 2017

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Fontaines burst on the Dublin music scene with a colloquially-driven debut single ‘Liberty Bell’. The band are at it again with this hi-octane raucous new single ‘Hurricane Laughter’, the lead single on a split with ‘Winter In The Sun’ that will see the band perform in Ireland and the UK in October and at this… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo’s ‘I Love You Sadie’ is the Wicklow trio’s best track thus far, a slinky slice of R&B pop that digs into earworm territory and works harmonies into a buoyant song about celebrating the masculine in the feminine and vice versa. Now Kildare mixmaster extraordinaires Mix & Fairbanks have taken the song’s vocals and… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2017

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I introduced 1000 Beasts (and the meta music video), Cian Sweeney’s all-encompassing project that will feature guest vocalists on each track. Sweeney is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter, has now revealed track two – ‘Got This Feeling (remix)’ featuring… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2017

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This past weekend, I finally saw Sorcha Richardson play live for the first time after 5 years of writing about her on Nialler9. Why the long wait? Well, Sorcha might be from Dublin but she resides in Brooklyn and that means Irish shows are rare. So it was great to have Sorcha and her band… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2017

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Electronic A/V musician Sal Stapleton kicked off her Bad Bones project with a series of singles in 2016 that showcased an eerie electronic pop style with dark tones and hypnotic rhythms. Equally interesting was Stapleton’s visual aesthetic that accompanied each track – a monochrome-filtered collection of imagery that reinforced the track’s twisted vocal-featuring vibes. For… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2017

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Dubliner Dermot Kennedy made a big big impression with his single from earlier this year ‘Glory’, a song which matched singer-songwriter sensibilities with glossy production. On new single ‘Moments Passed’, which debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show last night, Kennedy works a similar trick, pouring his heart over an acoustic guitar, burning embers of ambient… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2017

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Neil O’Connor AKA Somadrone returns to with his sixth album Wellpark Avenue in November after his collaborative work on the soundtrack for the Irish horror film Without Name with Gavin O’Brien and Music For 18 Machines and last album Oracle. For the first single from the album, O’Connor is joined by Margie Lewis on ‘The… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2017

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Amy Rose Esdale AKA May Rosa is a new Belfast artist dealing in electronic pop tones who was living in London and performing in cabaret and fringe theatre shows last year. After enrolling in a production night class, Esdale moved home to Belfast to pursue the music and write with producer Ryan McGroarty. Her debut… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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With a show coming up on Saturday at Electric Picnic this weekend, Rusangano Family dropped a new track out of the blue which extols the virtues of a good cup of tae. The track is a darker, grimier production than we’re used to from the Limerick / Clare group and references Skepta and DJ Mustard…. Read more »

Posted on August 31st, 2017

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Upcoming Irish singer, songwriter and producer Erica Cody impressed with her debut single ‘Addicted’ and was featured here a while back as a result. Now the song has a video made by Tim Hood that is as slick as the song. Cody is one of a few performers alongside Mango, Jess Kav and Jafaris performing… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2017

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