A lot of Irish music comes Nialler9’s way and there’s little time to feature everything we think is worthy of a thumbs up or more ears. Every week, we collate the songs that pass our writers that deserve to be heard by you. For more extensive Irish coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section.


Maverick Sabre


Maverick Sabre has returned this week with the release of ‘Drifting’. The producer and singer has crafted a soulful alternative ballad, completed by the artist’s signature resonate vocal performance. Much credit is due to the production work on the track, with an infectious bassline and striking drum patterns acting as the song’s backbone. Accompanied by an evocative music video, directed by Hector Dockrill portraying a young man in an urban Dublin city, ‘Drifting’ is the strongest Irish release of the week.


Side 4 Collective ft.Farah Elle

Sand And Sails

Widely respected drummer Dave Hingerty, previously of the Frames, curated group of musicians The Side 4 Collective have released ‘Sand And Sails’, the newest single from their forthcoming debut album We Burn Bright. The track features vocals from Farah Elle, whose passionate delivery is an ideal complement to the Latin groove the song is built upon. Short and sweet at just two and a half minutes long, ‘Sand And Sails’ does exactly what a single is supposed to do. That is, leaving you wanting to hear more from the Side 4 Collective.


Little Butler


‘Streetlights’ is a downtempo folk tune from Irish singer-songwriter Little Butler. Taken from the artists’ forthcoming self-titled EP, it’s hard not to be moved by the overtly sweet tone and wholesome message behind the song. Simple yet effective, ‘Streetlights’ is a song full of hope. With some fantastic string accompaniment and warm piano chords underneath the vocal line, Little Butler hits all the right notes on the path to pulling the heartstrings on ‘Streetlights’.


Lű Tysky


A little light heart surf rock now. Dublin alt-rock band Lű Tysky are no strangers to our Irish recommendation list. Their new single ‘Then’ is a straight-up earworm. Featuring silky smooth guitar lines and plenty of great Doo-Wop styled vocal harmonies. It’s sunny and carefree, but be careful not to miss out on lead singer Luke Carey’s sharp-tongued observations on romantic pursuits and even the odd observation on Dublin’s housing crisis.


Clare Regan

There Is A Place

An independent singer-songwriter from Cork, Clare Regan is featured on this week’s list for her latest single ‘There Is A Place’ and the fantastic video that accompanies it. Musically, the track is subtle and subdued. A lo-fi folk tune featuring a singer and her acoustic guitar. Regan’s vocal delivery is beautiful, half whispered and feeling like it’s being sung in person by someone only feet away. The video, featuring some superb dancing from Sinead Donnelly & Pearse O’Donoghue is the cherry atop the cake.


Somebody’s Child

Make You Alright

Time now for an exciting new prospect. Dublin-based indie act Somebody’s Child is seriously impressing with ‘Make You Alright’. It’s a recognisable sound, think acts like Islands or even a hint of the Lumineers, but done right. The track is held down by some bright guitars but finds plenty of character in the bombastic synth melody heard throughout the choruses. Take note now because you may very well be hearing more from Somebody’s Child in the near future.


Brian Deady

9 Cents & 2 Dollar$

Brian Deady’s ‘9 Cents & 2 Dollar$’ is the afternoon pick me up you need right now. This unabashedly upbeat tune takes its inspiration from the blues, gospel and a healthy dose of a distinctly southern-American rock sound. The track is taken from Black Diamond, Deady’s new album due out on the 15th of September. The track certainly doesn’t lack lust for life, so treat yourself to a well-deserved endorphin rush.

Posted on September 12th, 2018


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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.3k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).


Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five

The Arctic Monkeys’ new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is essentially a concept album about a luxury resort on the moon…. WAIT COME BACK. It’s actually really good. In abandoning the rock poses, Alex Turner embraces an organ sound and inspired by dystopian sci-fi flicks and ’70s psychedelia, he builds a taco bar on the roof of this lunar hotel. ‘Four Out Of Five’ is an easy album highlight, and encapsulates the album’s woozy sound and hotel host vibe.” I put a taqueria on the roof, it was well reviewed / four stars out of five / And that’s unheard of.”


Saint Sister – Twin Peaks

Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre can we have the album soon? Turns out the answer is yes. A Saint Sister album arrives later this year and the “atmosfolk” duo have announced some dates] to back it up. ‘Twin Peaks’ is a timely reminder of the beauty that these two can create with harp, synth and harmony.


White Denim – Magasin

The Texas band some of who were recently backing up Leon Bridges return to create their own idiosyncratic rock jams. They have a new album Performance, out August 24th through City Slang and ‘Magazin’ is a brass-inflected treat for the ears.


Mike Paterson – Devils In The Water

A new artist to Homebeat’s expanding home-made roster is this German-based Cavan man Mike Paterson and his Devils In The Water EP. The title song is one that moves me the most with shades of Bon Iver, chest-thumping backing vocals and subtle production.

Super Extra Bonus Party played their first Dublin headline show in seven years over the weekend and I was struck by the new songs in the set as opposed to the pure nostalgia. The new songs are fully-formed entities that recall and this is a good thing – LCD Soundsystem, Caribou and Foals. The latter influence is particularly palpable on ‘Purple Heart’. For a band that were known for smashing genres together and a mixtape aesthetic, ‘Purple Heart’ is surprisingly emotional and anthemic in its delivery. Two members were also on the podcast last week and they are at Body & Soul, Castlepalooza and more festivals this summer.


Brian Deady – Fire In The Woods

“A a searing summer banger about anxiety,” is how Cork soul singer Brian Deady put his new song in his own words. For my part, ‘Fire In The Woods’ displays Deady’s gift for matching that soul sensibility with pop-centred American roots and blues influences.


The Internet – Roll ( Burbank Funk) – Kaytranada remix

Kaytranada on the remix. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


Jealous Of The Birds – Plastic Skeletons

Naomi Hamilton returns with a new five-track EP called The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep and a lead track that delves into a throwback indie rock sound. It reminds me a bit of Elastica and has shades of psychedelic English folk.

Hamilton says, “’Plastic Skeletons’ was written once I got back from SXSW in 2016. That was my first trip to America and I brought a journal and wrote a bunch of stuff in it. When I got home, I went through it and wrote that song in full. It’s a collection of little words and images that I picked up.”

The EP arrives on July 13th via Hand in Hive (UK & Europe) and Canvasback Music (US).

Tour dates?
May 16 | London, UK – The Islington
May 17-19 | Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
May 23 | Belfast, UK – Empire Music Hall
May 30 | Dublin, Ireland – The Workmans Club


Professor Rhythm – Professor 3

Another Awesome Tapes From Africa release from the label that resurfaces lost music of the continent. This EP from Professor Rhythm, originally released in 1981, drops on June 1st and isn’t the first on the label.

I was really excited to meet Thami Mdluli last year in Johannesburg. I searched for his contact info for quite a while, dreaming of doing some reissues of his instrumental work as Professor Rhythm. He has made so many incredible recordings over the years. I randomly found the Bafana Bafana cassette, an album we re-released last year, in a shop in Pretoria so we worked on that record first because it was so surprising (Thami didn’t even recall that one)… Professor … is a recording more people know about. Which is fun because it makes an expensive, rare record easier to buy for everyone else.

‘Professor 3’ our chosen song from it is a fun and playful synth song with funk rhythms and drum machine hits vying for attention beside pitched-up vocal callouts.


Roisin Murphy – All My Dreams

After a par-for-the-course star turn on DJ Koze’s new album, the Murph is back tending to her own solo career with a series of four 12” vinyl records recorded with Baltimore dance producer Maurice Fulton. Lead track ‘All My Dreams’ sounds like it takes inspiration from jazz-funk, the production of Larry Levan, strands of both Murphy’s last album Exploitation and her previous band Moloko.

Posted on May 15th, 2018


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Cork singer-songwriter Brian Deady has released a series of great singles drawing from Americana, gospel, blues and soul with tracks like ‘Say When’ and his album Non-Fiction.

‘Eloise’ is another marquee stomper from the man who has been growing into his own role with confidence.

“Eloise is about following your heart, about pursuing your dreams even through the tough times when things aren’t going so well. Eloise – the character in the song embodies all of those things. It’s a story about someone pursuing their destiny and the journey it takes. This is also the first time I’ve ever mixed a song as well as written and produced so I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”

Video Directed by Steve Glashier The song is on ITunes and Nialler9’s New Irish music playlist on Spotify.

He plays a number of Irish and UK dates this year including:

The Imagining Ireland Concert at The National Concert Hall, Dublin on February 3rd
Imagining Ireland Concert, Barbican Centre, London on March 5th
Gateway, Waterford on March 17th
It Takes a Village Festival, Trabolgan on April 14th

Posted on January 26th, 2018



Imagining Ireland is an initiative of the National Concert Hall which aims to ‘Present living portraits of a modern, creative, conflicted and diverse Ireland.’

On Saturday, February 3rd at The National Concert Hall Various artist will present their own interpretations of Ireland in song word and visuals.


Tickets priced at €27-34 are on sale now from NCH.ie.

The night will also take place at the Barbican Centre, London on March 5th with J. Colleran (formerly MMoths) playing.

Posted on January 18th, 2018


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Update: Young Hearts Run Free’s Christmas annual Yule show has been moved from Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 to The Gloucester Street Recreational and Sports Centre at 21 Gloucester St South (off Townsend street). A suporting wall in the Co-Op has fallen and all events there have been cancelled until it’s fixed.

Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule gig is back for it’s ninth Christmas event in Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 and like previous years, the lineup will feature live music, performers, chat, poetry, comedy and more.

Yule takes place on Saturday December 9th :Featuring:

And a very special guest to be announced.

Tickets for the BYOB gig are priced at €15+ and available from Eventbrite. All proceeds go to the Simon Community.

Posted on December 7th, 2017


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Cork singer Brian Deady has released his first song since 2015’s album Non-Fiction.

‘Say When’ is a moving song of soul and gospel-leaning proportions about losing someone.

Of the artwork, Deady says his mother is the inspiration:

The artwork is an image of my mother Lucy’s baking tray which she’s worked hard on for most of her life and still uses to this day. Each line in it has history attached to it which I find fascinating. Baking and cooking has always been her way of sharing – her art form and I thought having it as the cover to my art was a nice way to honour that.

Buy the song on iTunes / Add it on Spotify.

Posted on October 16th, 2017


Latitude Festival has grown to become one of the biggest in the UK with 15 stages and 750 acts on the schedule for the festival from 13th – 16th July in Henham Park, Suffolk.

The final acts were just added to the list including the BBC Music Introducing Stage and notable acts include Pumarosa, Skott and Beth Orton.

The Solas stage will host some familar Irish names to visitors of this site including Talos, TooFools, Rosie Carney, Ships, Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy, Seamus Fogarty, David Keenan and Brian Deady.

Also playing that area are Dutch indie-pop Klangstof, the intense 4AD performer Aldous Harding, Swedish rising duo Geowulf, Danish band Lowly and singer-osngwriter John Smith.

Posted on June 19th, 2017


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Big congrats today to Cork singer of soul Brian Deady who this morning signed a major label record deal with Universal / Decca Records in the UK.

It just shows that it can take a long time to break through to a different tier if you’re a musician. Brian Deady has been playing soul and R&B for a number of years and last December, I had the pleasure of debuting his latest album Non-Fiction.

Posted on July 19th, 2016


For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016


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Cork indie festival Indiependence has revealed its first lineup today (is it announcement day?)

The festival returns for its 11th year to Deer Farm, Mitchelstown from Friday July 29 – Sunday July 31 and playing will be:

  • Editors
  • Bell X1
  • Ash
  • The Strypes
  • The Kooks
  • Pleasure Beach
  • Idlewild
  • Hudson Taylor
  • The Blizzards
  • Little Hours
  • King Kong Company
  • Brian Deady
  • CC Brez
  • Saint Sister
  • Coasts
  • Stephanie Rainey
  • & more to be announced



Three tiers of early bird tickets for the fest have already sold out, with weekend camping tickets for the festival now on sale at €119.

The Beer Hall Stage, Comedy & Spoken Word, the Silent Disco, Festi-Huts will return and more announcements are imminent as are customary.

Posted on February 24th, 2016


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Cork man Brian Deady has returned to long format album for the first time in six years. Recently, Deady has been showing off his vocal chops with fun doo-wop covers that were followed by a couple of singles, both equally impressive but disparate in style.

‘A Darkness’ opens the album on a melancholic note ruing a failed lover (“take a look at me, I’m drifting out to sea / I’m grieving for the land / I’m drowning for this man / who am I supposed to be?”). “Everyone’s a little fucked up,” Deady concludes, and those downbeat moments rear their head among the shades of soul happiness, energy on Non-Fiction as the seasons pass on the running time.

The high Cee Lo soul of ‘Clap Both My Hands’ stands out in the exuberant stakes, while the stomping blues of ‘Tapes’ isn’t a million miles away from the kind of song that brought Andrew Hozier-Byrne such worldwide success.

‘All Star Cast’ takes on a pitched-down piano-boogie, ‘Silver Moon’ is electronic atmosphere and ‘Dad’ is a baring reflection on a father/son relationship with references to Roy Orbison songs and an indication of how much deeper below the surface Deady is exploring here.


Non-Fiction is released on Friday.

Brian Deady – Tour dates

Fri Dec 11 – DeBarra’s Folk Club , Clonakilty
Sat Dec 19 – The Sugar Club, Dublin
Mon Dec 21 – Live At St. Luke’s, Cork City

Written & Produced by Brian Deady
Mixed & Co- Produced by Ross Dowling
Engineered by Brian Deady, Graham White & John Fitz.

Posted on December 2nd, 2015


One of the finest soul singers, maybe the finest, in Ireland is Brian Deady who recently returned with the slow and moving ‘A Darkness’ song. On December 4th, Deady will release Non-Fiction, his first album in six years.

‘Clap Both My Hands’ is the superb stomping soul bluesy single which heralds the album to come.

Video Directed by Steve Glashier at NTSH London.

A launch gig is happening in St Luke’s Church in Cork on December 21st.

Posted on November 16th, 2015


My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. I’ll be doing two shows next week, Monday evening 7pm – 10pm before Donal Dineen takes over and my regular new music show on Thursday.

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Shura – White Light
  2. Chet Faker – 1998 (feat. Banks)
  3. !!!  – Freedom! ’15
  4. Alessia Cara –  Here
  5. Brian Deady  – Seasons ( Future Islands Cover ) Doo Wop Version
  6. Madlib x Samuel T. Herring –  Trouble Knows Me
  7. Gwenno – Chwyldro
  8. Lianne La Havas – Green & Gold
  9. Ibeyi – Exhibit Diaz
  10. Meltybrains?  –  The Vine
  11. The Chemical Brothers – Reflexion
  12. Disclosure – Omen (feat. Sam Smith)

Hour two

  1. Tame Impala – Past Life
  2. Lindstrom And Grace Hall –  Home Tonight
  3. Percussions  – ASCII BOT
  4. Koreless – Love
  5. Four Tet – For These Times
  6. Gwilym Gold – Flex (Zomby Rework)
  7. Kojaque – Out for Donutz
  8. Transviolet – Girls Your Age
  9. IYES –  Toys
  10. Chinah  – Away from Me
  11. New Portals – Do It Right
  12. Brian Deady –  A Darkness
  13. I Have A Tribe – Scandinavia

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on July 31st, 2015


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Cork’s Brian Deady has proved himself to be a fine vocalist, and one with variety as recently demonstrated by his a capella doo-wop covers and his original soulful music. For his newest track ‘A Darkness’, there’s a change afoot. Deady is delving deeper, and coming up with the heartfelt goods.

Check out the track which was mixed and co-produced with Ross Dowling (James Vincent Mcmorrow ) with its high-quality video directed by Steve Glashier NTSH London. The song features on an album coming this year called Non-Fiction.

The song is on iTunes.

Posted on July 27th, 2015



All added to Electric Picnic line-up today.

Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do

Posted on July 21st, 2010


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