Two years ago, I ran a series of guest posts from people involved in Irish music featuring their top 5 Irish acts at that moment. This time around, I thought I’d shift the focus to international and ask a similar question – “Who are your top 5 new artists of 2011?”. Musicians, bloggers, record shop owners, journalists, bookers and radio presenters will all be answering that question.

Last year Squarehead triumphed in the Nialler9 Irish song of the year reader poll, this year they released their excellent Yeah Nothing debut album. Then, they released two of the best Irish songs of the year in collaboration with Patrick Kelleher. They play Richer Collective’s Xmas bash on December 16th. Here are the Roy, Ruan and Ian’s five essential new artists of 2011:

1. Ginnels

Don’t know any thing about this guy really [Mark Chester from Grand Pocket Orchestra], other than he’s released two amazing records this year and his live band “FUCKING KILLS IT/IS A FUCKING DISGRACE”.