An album that certainly flew under my radar until April, Early in the Morning is a superb debut album from Ireland’s answer to Bon Iver – deep, delicate, folky, James possesses a beautiful falsetto and this album definitely deserves more listeners. Thankfully, James has uploaded it onto Soundcloud. He has gigs coming up around Ireland. Listen, if a dirgefest like Mick Flannery can get a Choice Nomination, then this should be a shoo-in.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.