This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Tribal Dance – Flongo

Math rock makes a return to the Irish music scene! Tribal Dance reminds me of all the Richter Collective gigs, the music of Not Squares and Cap Pas Cap that had a big hold on what was going on in the country 10 years ago. ‘Flongo’ is this Dublin trio’s debut single and features the rhythmic tautness of early Foals with a bassline in a rush to the finish.


Ye Vagabonds – Go Where You Will

Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn have spent the last few years growing their audience via support slots with Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan. Their debut self-titled album was released last Friday and features this gorgeous resonant lilt.


Beauty Sleep – ‘Until We See The Sun’

Belfast dream-pop trio take things up a notch with an indie-disco track that for the second time this week, harks back to indie of another era, this time when Kitsuné reigned the blogosphere.


New Portals – Sober

Ruth and Michael Aicken are a Belfast couple who know how to write a catchy tune. On Sober, they take inspiration from the Sober For October campaign (Ocsober surely?) which advocates abstaining from alcohol for the month and the song is a celebration of the opposite of most pop songs in that regard.


GaniyuTLG x Plant Food feat. Skilyt- ‘Nandos’

The rapper and producer team up again after their excellent ‘Shivers’. Like the chicken restaurant of the title, this is a grimey and experimental joint. Wait, what?


JyellowL – ‘Bulletproof’

The Word Up Collective artist JYellowL impressed with ‘Cold In The Summer’ but ‘Bulletproof’ shows a new artist developing with even more confidence. It’s taken from his new EP launched on Friday.

“The song is a testimony of my own life experiences. Where I’ve shown tenacity and resilience in my everyday struggles and experiences. The EP is intended to inspire strength of will – an attribute I pride myself on. My experiences are a testament to the fact that we will all face hard times, failure and mockery but the way to get through those times is to adopt an bulletproof mentality. It’s not just music, it’s a mindset”.


Laura Ann Brady – Lie

The zither and autoharp-playing musician follows up her tempestuous single Masterpiece with a brighter and beguiling track.


Badhands – ‘Waves’

The solo project of Dan Fitzpatrick came about after the absolution of The Mighty Stef Band last year. Fitzpatrick was previously a member of the Last Tycoons. An album, Predictable Boy is in the can with inspirations drawn from Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Villagers and Leonard Cohen.

The album’s first single ‘Waves’ is a flourishing folk tribute that is inspired by the experience when Dan and brother Jamie swam out to sea to scatter their father’s ashes near their family home in Glastule. Next gig? Workman’s Club on November 11th.


Elaine Mai – When I Go

A new video from Paul Mahon from the Mayo artist’s recent EP arrived the same week Elaine Mai headlined the Workman’s Club. Of the video Elaine says – “This video was shot at a lake about a ten minute walk from where I grew up in Mayo. It’s an amazing place to get some perspective, reconnect with nature and clear your head. It was the perfect place to shoot the video for this track which is about recognising when you’re not okay and then trying to take the steps to make things better.”


Proper Micro NV – Oblivious

Rory Hall continues his neo-soul electronic journey with a track from his recent EP Colours. I’m looking forward to hearing where this Limerick singer and musician goes next.

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Posted on October 23rd, 2017

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HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers  proudly present the second season of Future Proof – a series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

We are back for October 11th, November 9th and December 7th with Wednesday October 11th serving as our autumnal reintroduction with folk brothers Ye Vagabonds, dark electronic pop SYLK and violinist and vocalist Éna Brennan aka Dowry.

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Ye Vagabonds

Resonant folk brothers from Carlow about to release their debut album who have supported Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan & Roy Harper.


Upcoming dark-edged electronic pop.


Éna Brennan on vocals / violin / electronics

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

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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 has been picking up of late.

With their debut album on the way on October 13th, the brothers have released a preview track in ‘Song Long Forgotten’. Regular champion Myles O’Reilly provides the visual for the song along with artist Conor Campbell. The song is built with droning harmonium, strings and the brothers’ elegant harmonies.

Preorder the album on Bandcamp & catch the band at the next Future Proof on October 11th in Bello – full lineup and tickets tomorrow.

Tour dates

Wednesday 11th October
Nialler9 x Homebeat present Future Proof in association with O’Haras @ Bello Bar
Friday 13th October 2017
Official Album Lunchtime Launch at Marrowbone Books, The Coombe, Dublin at 3pm
Official Album Launch evening show at The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin at 8pm

Saturday 14th October 2017
Pembroke Club D’Art Carlow, at 8pm

Posted on October 2nd, 2017


‘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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Knockanstockan Festival happens this weekend in Blessington Lakes and here are four bands and one DJ to check out per day.



Friday, The Burrow, 9pm


Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon met while studying music at BIMM. Their debut track ‘ I Can Feel It In My Bones’ takes influences from the energetic pop of tUnE-YarDs, African harmonies and jazz singer Anita O’Day. Live, they are a bright and bubbly melodic pop outfit.



Friday, The Burrow, 8pm

A newly formed band they may be, but BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past. BARQ takes its cues from a love of soul, R&B and Radiohead. Debut track Gentle Kind Of Lies introduces their “Agrosoul” and rides a neo-soul groove with a fierce attitude and a touch of class.


Toby Kaar

Friday, Dimestore, 2am


Five years on from the first time I caught a Toby Kaar live set and he remains one of the most engaging electronic performers in the country. This year, he finally released a debut EP and the tracks on it give a flavour of what to expect from his live set: emotive cut-up Hud Mo-style electronic (‘SnapDragon’), Madlib-style beats (‘Fowl’) and hyperactive dayglo productions (‘Like Sapphire’).


Ye Vagabonds

Friday, Animal Barn, 11pm

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Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brían make Traditionally-rooted folk music with harmonies, fiddle and guitar. They’ve recently toured Europe with Glen Hansard and supported Villagers. The pair are currently recording their debut album so this is will make for a nice restorative break for both audience and band alike.

DJ set

Sally Cinnamon & Donal Dineen

Friday, Caravan Club, Midnight

Two of the best in the business going back to back. Swell.

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Posted on July 21st, 2016



Body&Soul have announced the lineup for the Wonderlust Stage, in the walled garden in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Meath (There aren’t many tickets left for the festival by the way)

By day, there will be talks (with Goldie MBE), performances, stories and idea and by night, music takes hold.

Music expected?

Friday night, in association with Turning Pirate, presents Anderson, Ye Vagabonds, Old Hannah and Interskalactic. Other highlights including David Lyttle Jazz Trio, Altered Hours, Silences, The Great Balloon Race, Buffalo Woman, Anna B Savage, Evertides and Mongoose, along with DJ sets from Donal Dineen, Sally Cinnamon, Glammo and Cork’s Sunday Times crew.

By Day:

Experiences, stories, exchanges and performances that feature the people, ideas and current happenings that are animating culture and society right now.

Expect participation from people and collectives that are upgrading the system and changing the way change happens. We are delighted to host Legendary Drum ‘n’ Bass DJ & Street-Art Pioneer, Goldie MBE in a special conversation with Una Mullally titled How Creativity Saved my Life. We have also commissioned DJ MEK to mix a rebellion inspired set, which adds to the revolutionary themes that runs throughout the Wonderlust weekend.

Other Highlights include: Revolution 101 – a toolkit for change with Senator Lynn Ruane, Mairead Healy & Grace Dyas (THEATREClub) (This conversation will be hosted by Kathy Sheridan and recorded for The Irish Times Women’s Podcast), Extraordinary Everyday Feminism with Margaretta D’Arcy, Lian Bell and Róise Goan, Cumann Rhyme with Me with Vickey Curtis, Una Mullally & guests, Power As Medicine with Ruairí McKiernan, Ruth Meehan, Emmet Kirwan, & Noeline Kavanagh, Slow Series with Aoife McElwain, Lisa O’Neill and Mari Kennedy and Thrive School with Clare Mulvany and Emmet Condon. Saturday and Sunday will also start with live immersive experiences brought to you by House of Yoga and The Yoga Salon.

Posted on May 27th, 2016


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Turning Pirate’s annual New Year’s Eve shindig is back in Vicar Street on December 31st and this year’s edition features:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Ye Vagabonds, TooFools, Adam Matthews (Late Fragments) , Joe Hearns, Michael Hopkins (Planet Parade), Old Hannah, The Young Folk AND MC Karl Spain among with special guests promised.

Tickets TBC on sale at 9am on Monday 30th of November from Ticketmaster.

Facebook event.


Posted on November 27th, 2015


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Turning Pirate’s Mix Tape Party happens every year in Vicar Street on New Year’s Eve in a all-in-one show featuring a large lineup of local talent playing together in celebratory style.

This year’s lineup has been revealed and includes:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Richie Egan, Declan O’Rourke, The Young Folk, Camille O’sullivan, Ye Vagabonds, Interskalactic,Gavin Glass, The Lost Brothers, Stephen James and Adam Matthews.

Tickets are €35 plus fee go on sale Monday 24th November available from & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 21st, 2014

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