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.

Gugai is the main man and promoter in Roisin Dubh in Galway and one of the best sources for new music in Ireland. He’s on the ball so to speak. Upcoming gigs in the Roisin include Strange Brew Christmas Party with Le Galaxie, Adultrock, Elaine Mai & It Was All A Little Bit Black & White and New Year’s Eve with ASIWYFA, Toby Kaar, Daithi and Sleep Thieves. In January, there’ll be a week of gigs Once Upon A Time In The West #2 – with Grandmaster Flash, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Abandoman and more. Here are his top 5 new acts of 2011:

Read Gugai’s top 5 new artists of 2011…»

Posted on December 8th, 2011


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lostchord All this week, we’re having guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now.

Gugai is the promoter responsible for bringing great bands to the west, or more specifically to the Roisin Dubh – the best venue in Galway. He’s giving away tickets to Villagers and Dinosaur Jr/ Built to Spill- check the post.

1. Windings

The only thing that really takes the pain of Givemanakick’s break up away is how amazing Steveamanakick’s Windings are sounding. Expecting great things from the new album, and I doubt I’ll be disappointed. Windings are at Strange Brew on May April 29th – Free admission.
<a href="">Brain Fluid by windings</a>


Posted on April 22nd, 2010


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