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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Irish folk duo Saint Sister have been very busy as of late. The group are promoting their new single ‘Twin Peaks’, coming out this Friday, which you’ll hear later this week. This single is taken from their forthcoming debut album, due to be released in the Autumn.

The group have also announced a coinciding Irish tour, taking place throughout October.

  • Olympia theatre, Dublin – 11th October
  • De Barra’s, Clonakilty – 12th October
  • St. Luke’s, Cork – 13th October
  • Dolans, Limerick – 14th October
  • Roisin Dubh, Galway – 19th October
  • The Black Box, Belfast – 20th October
  • The Glassworks, Derry – 21st October
  • Tickets for the Olympia gig go on sale here at €26.90 this Friday. Visit the band’s website for all other tickets.

    Posted on May 9th, 2018



Glasdrum have announced that Saint Sister and Ryan Vail will be performing at St John The Baptist Church, Drumcondra on Friday, April 27th as part of New Sounds In An Old Place.

Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty make up the atmosfolk duo Saint Sister. They are one of the nine Irish acts heading to SXSW this month. Their debut album is set for release this year.

Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail has been releasing music since 2012. His debut solo album For Every Silence came out in 2016, he has also collaborated with artists such as Ciaran Lavery and Jealous Of The Birds. His second album Distorted Shadows is out on April 20th.

Tickets for the New Sounds In An Old Place gig priced at €22+ are on sale this Wednesday March 7 via Eventbrite.

Tickets can also be purchased at Cregan Library at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra. (Cash only)

Posted on March 6th, 2018


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It Takes A Village made a splash when it announced itself as a festival in Trabolgan in April in East Cork this year with holiday home accommodation (150 Self-Catering Houses) and acts like Young Fathers, Andrew Weatherall, Talos, Fujiya & Miyagi, Brian Deady, Bitch Falcon and Le Boom among them.

Now a second list of acts will join those artists and 1000 “residents” from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2018.

  • Martin Hayes & Steve Cooney
  • Fish Go Deep
  • Lankum
  • The Blindboy Podcast
  • Booka Brass
  • Shit Robot
  • Roger Doyle
  • The Jimmy Cake
  • Sunday Times
  • Saint Sister
  • Marc O’Reilly
  • Ye Vagabonds
  • Bantum
  • John Blek
  • Slow Moving Clouds
  • Bon Voyage
  • David Keenan
  • Fixity
  • Céilí Allstars
  • Bad Bones
  • Shookrah
  • Anna Mieke
  • Super Silly
  • Jus Me
  • Spekulativ Fiktion
  • Rowan
  • Crevice
  • Ghostking Is Dead
  • DJ Scope
  • Disco E Cultura
  • Bellyman
  • A Cow In The Water
  • Prof Ruff Chuff
  • Fyahred
  • Benji Revelation


Tickets on sale now from

“It Takes A Village is unique in that they offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. There is no camping in muddy fields here, your booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to the huge variety of entertainment. It’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. All Tier 1 tickets are now sold out, and many of the Tier 2 options have gone too. Tier 3 tickets go on sale on February 7th from There are also Payment Plan options currently on offer, whereby folks can avail of a 25% deposit on houses only, this option jumps to 50% deposit on the 1st of February however, so best get moving on those. Strictly over 21’s.”

A third 3rd and final installation with writers, poets, artists, food vendors is promised.

Posted on January 24th, 2018


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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

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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Atmofolk duo Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty, Saint Sister released their new single ‘Causing Trouble’ back in May of this year.

Check out the live video of the track from their headline show in the National Concert Hall which took place on June 7th.

The video was shot by Bob Gallagher who has shot previous videos for Saint Sister as well as videos for Girl Band.

Posted on November 7th, 2017



The Turning Pirate crew’s annual New Year’s eve gig is a bacchanalia of celebration and collaboration has been running in Vicar Street since 2006. It brings together some of Ireland’s most talented artists and special guests which in the past has meant appearances from the likes of Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Richie Egan, Camille O’Sullivan, Bell X1, Jerry Fish, Declan O’Rourke, The Young Folk, Bronagh Gallagher, Wallis Bird and more.

For Bram Stoker Festival next Sunday night, the gang will turn their attention to things of a spooky variety and a large cast of musicians of an established calibre will perform scary songs and horror movie favourites at the Turning Vampire event including Lisa Hannigan, Paddy Casey, Saint Sister, Adam Matthews, Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Kier (Delorentos) and Wyvern Lingo. The house band, the Flux Capacitators, work with the artists to create the arrangements and includes Joe Furlong on base and Graham Hopkins who plays drums. A special international guest star will be added to the bill for the festival special edition.

Tickets are €31 from Ticketmaster but I have two tickets to giveaway which you can enter for by emailing [email protected] with your name and ‘Bram Stoker Festival Turning Vampire’ as the subject line before next Thursday 26th at noon.

5 music highlights from the Bram Stoker Festival

Posted on October 20th, 2017


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If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month.

Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister.

The photos are by Tristan Hutchinson. Special thanks to Lucy White in Cara.

Read it on Issuu from page 46.

Posted on July 4th, 2017


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Saint Sister, the atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty today release a new single in advance of gigs this summer which include a big headline show in the National Concert Hall on June 7th and the dates listed below.

‘Causing Trouble’ expands the duo’s core sound with more instrumentation than before, while keeping their melodious intent intact.

“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.

More on the song:
Morgan: There are a lot of references to Belfast – where I grew up – that I wasn’t quite aware of at the time.
The references to Van Morrison’s ‘And it Stoned Me’ came about after hearing a cover version of the song. We were playing a gig in the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Conor O’Brien (Villagers) sang the song. His performance opened up the lyrics for me and strangely helped me access Van Morrison in a way I’d been softly rebelling against for a while (having been spoon fed Van Morrison from a young age). I suddenly wanted to gobble up Van again and embrace the music and stories and poetry from Belfast that I used to spend a lot of time with. I think I had shrugged a lot of that off over the last few years as I tried to make my home in Dublin. In doing so maybe I ignored – or forgot – a lot of the raw elements and influences that I used to draw from.

The Basin referenced in the song is the Blessington Basin, in Dublin. It’s a little park, known as the Secret Garden, which used to be a drinking reservoir. I live right beside it now. It kind of comes out of nowhere. All this water just appears out of a quiet, grotty, forgotten Dublin street, like a mirage.
The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions.

Gemma: Morgan first brought some lyrics and melodic ideas and I started working on the arrangement, that’s generally how we work together. From the start it felt quite laid back and spacious. I’d been listening to loads of 90s tunes, Moby and Massive Attack, and wanted to keep the verses sparse and give the chorus plenty of space to soar. The first attempt had no harp on it, but it worked its way in when we began playing it live, as it’s such a big part of our live show. We had loads of craic in the studio with this one with Alex [Ryan] who co-produced it with us. At the last minute, we found a beautiful old Wurlitzer in the attic which had some electrical problems; one of us would have to sit on it while the other played to stop it from humming, so it just about made it in!

Tour Dates

27 May – Mountshannon Arts Festival – Clare
30 May – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK 31 May – Ort Cafe – Birmingham, UK
June – St Pancras Old Church – London, UK
June – Gullivers – Manchester, UK
June – The Old Hairdressers – Glasgow, UK
7 June – National Concert Hall – Dublin
June – Innenhof Rathaus – Binzen, Germany
June – Guggenheim Kulturhotel – Liestal, Switzerland
July – Cafe Verkehrt – Murg-Oberhof, Germany
July – Werkraum Schöpflin – Brombach, Germany
July – Kesselhaus – Freiburg, Germany
July – Fernet Branca – St Louis, France
July – Earagail Arts Festival – Donegal
July – The Band Room – Yorkshire, UK
July – Latitude Festival – Suffolk, UK
29 July – Galway Arts Festival
1-3 Sep – Other Voices @ Electric Picnic
1 Oct – 7 Layers Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted on May 25th, 2017


Other Voices have revealed the first names for their Electric Picnic stage lineup for September will feature:

  • Saint Sister
  • Odetta Hartman
  • Loah
  • Charlie Cunningham
  • Katie Laffan
  • Jafaris

More to be announced.

In previous years, OV hosted Hozier, Villagers, St. Vincent, Julia Jacklin, Mano Le Tough, Joey Bada$$, Rejjie Snow, The Staves, Glen Hansard, East India Youth and more.

Here’s the full Electric Picnic lineup so far.

Facebook event.

Posted on May 3rd, 2017



Galway International Arts Festival have announced its lineup for mid-July and it includes a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Music-wise Brian Wilson was already announced for the Absolut Big Top while Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Passenger, Gavin James, The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems are on the bill.

A lot of the music events take place at Roisin Dubh and there’s some sweet gigs lined up including a rare James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds event.

Monday 17th July – West Cork Ukulele Orchestra
Tuesday 18th July – Lisa Hannigan
Wednesday 19th July – Loah & Shookrah
Thursday 20th July – Overhead, The Albatross
Friday 21st July – Deirdre O’Kane & Páraic Breathnach
Saturday 22nd July – The Soul Rebels
Sunday 23rd July – Dublin Gospel Choir
Monday 24th July – Wallis BIRD
Tuesday 25th July – Beoga & Eve Belle
Wednesday 26th July – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band
Thursday 27th July – James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds, with Slow Place Like Home
Friday 28th July – Jarlath Regan & Tom Rhodes (USA)
Saturday 29th July – Saint Sister & Jealous of the Birds
Sunday 30th July – JFDR

Tickets on sale now from and

Posted on May 2nd, 2017


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‘My Ireland’ is a poem by Stephen James Smith (you will know him from ‘Dublin You Are’, at least) commissioned for St. Patrick’s Festival set to visuals by Myles O’Reilly and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Inni-K, Saint Sister, Loah, Ye Vagabonds. It was all produced, recorded and mixed by Conor O’Brien.

It’s a poem about the good, the bad and the ugly of Ireland: Savita, Magdalene laundries, Zig & Zag, Apollo House, thanking bus drivers, notions, Skelligs and Star Wars, Jobsbridge, The Fear, executions at Kilmainham jail, getting the ride in Copper Face Jacks. My Ireland “knows Dunphy is a spoofer”…

Let it wash over you.

Stephen James Smith is among the performers at Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation which will also feature Rusangano Family, Emmet Kirwan, Hare Squead and more.


Written & narrated by Stephen James Smith
Filmed & edited by Myles O’Reilly
Produced, recorded & mixed by Conor O’Brien
Violin & bouzouki by Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Backing vocals by Morgan MacIntyre & Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister), Loah & Ye Vagabonds.
Harp by Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister)
Bodhrán by Stephen James Smith
Closing song Guí by Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K)

Posted on February 15th, 2017


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Saint Sister have announced their biggest show yet to take place at The National Concert Hall on June 7th.

Tickets €17.50 includes booking fee – on sale this Friday at 10am from or calling (01) 417 0000.

Gemma Doherty and Morgan Macintyre are the makers of the most beautiful new music in Ireland right now. So far, they’ve an EP an a double A-side single released and 2017 has seen them supporting Lisa Hannigan and impressing industry at Eurosonic.

Posted on January 31st, 2017



Ding Ding Dingle. The 15th edition of Other Voices in the Kerry town is only a week and a bit away and that means the announcement of more acts and activities to the festival/TV show/ December getaway for music fans.

After the first names were revealed for the church/ the IMRO other room and the music trail we now have more names revealed:

  • All Tvvins
  • Imelda May
  • Rusangano Family
  • Saint Sister
  • Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley
  • Le Galaxie

That’s not all of course, the organisers have announced a Music Trail West – a music event featuring live music around the Dingle Peninsula on the Saturday, a vinyl artwork exhibition and Ireland’s Edge, a related conference.

The St. James’ Church recordings will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Dublin born/London made DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac and Fight Like Apes’ May Kay. eir will stream the St James’ Church performances live to ten venues across Dingle town.

Finally, you can win tickets to Other Voices today right here.

Posted on November 22nd, 2016


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Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s best new music industry festival and it takes placefrom January 11 – 14th in Groningen, Netherlands, a quiet time perfect for catching the bands ahead for the year.

2017’s first 84 bands have been announced and among them are:

Anna Meredith, Chinah, Klangstof, Weval, Albert af Ekenstam, Ekkah, Mahalia, The Amazons and Irish acts Áine Cahill, Lisa O’Neill, Picture This, Bry and Saint Sister.

Full list with country.

AdHd (is), Áine Cahill (ie), Albert af Ekenstam (se), Albin Lee Meldau (se), Anna Meredith (gb), Baloji (be), Basheskia & Edward EQ (ba), Baywaves (es), Bazart (be), Beissoul & Einius (lt), Bernays Propaganda (mk), Best Youth (pt), Birthh (it), Black Dylan (dk), Black Foxxes (gb), Blaudzun (nl), Brass Rave Unit (nl), Bry (ie), Buslav (pl), Camp Claude (fr), Carpenter Brut (fr), CHINAH (dk), Christian Löffler (de), Chui (hr), Cocaine Piss (be), Death Alley (nl), Delv!s (be), Donnerwetter (nl), EKKAH (gb), Elle Exxe (gb), Eskei83 (de), Faber (ch), Fil Bo Riva (it), First Breath After Coma (pt), First Hate (dk), Fran Palermo (hu), Jonna Fraser (nl), Gallowstreet (nl), Good Harvest (se), Gurr (de), HAUS (gb), Holy Nothing (pt), IDLES (gb), Jadu Heart (gb), JOHN GRVY (es), JP Cooper (gb), Kel Assouf (be), Klangstof (nl), Kuenta i Tambu (nl), Lisa O’Neill (ie), Lookapony (nl), Mahalia (gb), Matt Maltese (gb), Nils Bech (no), Noiserv (pt), Novo Amor (gb), Octa Push (pt), Onuka (ua), Paceshifters (nl), Palace Winter (dk), Paul Sinha (nl), Picture This (ie), Pink Oculus (nl), Rodrigo Leão (pt), Ronnie Flex (+band) (nl), Sailor & I (se), Saint Sister (ie), Seramic (gb), St. Grandson (be), Sturla Atlas (is), Swedish Death Candy (gb), The Amazons (gb), The Dubbeez (nl), The Ills (sk), The Kik (nl), The Mysterons (nl), The Wacky Blues Professors (si), Throes + The Shine (pt), Txarango (es), Vera Jonas Experiment (hu), View (fi), Weval live (nl) and WILDES (gb).

Festival tickets are on sale now from €70 for the weekend passes up to €137.50 for all dates.

Other bands already announced include Hare Squead, Palace Winter, Roosevelt, Wyvern Lingo, Ward Thomas, Bonzai and Anna Of The North.

My piece from earlier this year.

Posted on November 8th, 2016


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