The “atmosfolk” duo Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre who make music as Saint Sister have been busy of late working on their debut album which is to be released this October. The album will come as a follow on from four-track EP Madrid which came out in November 2015 via Trout Records, which itself was… Read more »

Posted on June 14th, 2018

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Conor O’Brien has announced the fourth Villagers album is called The Art Of Pretending To Swim and will be released by Domino on Friday 21st September. It’ll be the followup to 2015’s Darling Arithmetic and return to the more fully-arranged band style on previous records. It was all written, recorded, mixed, produced and mainly, performed… Read more »

Posted on June 12th, 2018

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Kitt Philippa who formerly went under the name Katharine Philippa has released new music for the first time in over two years. Previously, the Belfast-based artist stunned me with a cover of four Justin Bieber songs in one. Philippa is very talented and thoughtful singer and musician who performs in an open and honest way,… Read more »

Posted on May 24th, 2018

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Karen Sheridan, performing under the name Slow Skies has a new song ‘Fire’, her first since2017’s ‘Shut Your Eyes’. It’s an expansion upon the dreamy folk sound that Sheridan has been honing since first releasing material in 2011. The addition of a full backing band builds a rich texture underneath the warm quality of Sheridan’s… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2018

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Wicklow-born and raised folk artist Anna Mieke releases her new single ‘Arbour’ today. The track also features Brían Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds and Nick Rayner of Farewell J.R. Mieke has been mostly quiet over the last few months, preferring to spend the winter writing and recording new material while living in Cork. ‘Arbour’ marks… Read more »

Posted on March 13th, 2018

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Dundalk based alternative-rock outfit Third Smoke continue their current vein of excellent form with the video release of ‘Mother Maya’, the second single from their recent EP Maybe In Time. The video, premiering here on the Nialler9 site, looks to build on the momentum the band have built over the last year. The first single… Read more »

Posted on February 23rd, 2018

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Limerick-born and Cork-based, Elaine Malone has spent the better part of the last two years tirelessly plying her psych/folk-laden trade around the city’s venues, becoming something of a fixture on gig billings around the city. This weekend, she’s the opening act of this year’s Quarter Block Party festival, and to mark the occasion, has released… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2018

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Ballymena artist Lilla Vargen (the name means Little Wolf in Swedish) really came into her own last year with the songs ‘Hold On’ and a cover of Majical Cloudz’ ‘Downtown’. For her first song of 2018, ‘Believe Me’ addresses a messed-up relationship that happened at the wrong time in her life but had a lasting… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2018

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Following a pair of haunting yet accomplished full-lengths, trad/Kraut/proggers The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have finally completed the studio recording of Lockout, a large-scale historical piece centred around an eighteen-piece guitar orchestra in previous live excursions. The piece tells the story of the 1913 Lockout, the struggle of Dublin workers against exploitative working conditions,… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2018

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David Kitt is releasing a four-track EP titled Still Don’t Know through All City Records on 10″ vinyl and digital tomorrow. Nialler9 has the first listen of the EP. The EP precedes the physical release of his eighth studio album ‘Yous’ on the same label on March 9th. The album was released at the start… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2018

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Following on from the release of ‘Canaries’ earlier this year Dublin four-piece band Let’s Set Sail have released a five track EP on Homebeat Presents. ‘The Nothingness Of Now’ is a delightful mix of ambient folk and upbeat electronic sounds with honest vocals from Warren McCarthy that stick true to his Dublin roots. The open… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Come On Live Long’s singer Robert Ardiff released his debut solo EP in February 2016. The release offered the songwriter a different avenue from COLL’s sound of atmospheric and textured music as heard on their recent album. Ardiff has since completed a debut album Between The Bed and Room which will be out next month,… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2017

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway musician who channels the Beach Boys’ sunny warmth like no other in the country. As I’ve said before, it’s more Salthill than Santa Monica but his latest release, the full-length Ubique certainly echoes the late-era Beach Boys music on an an album that has a pleasing psychedelic haze. Joined by… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 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… Read more »

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

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​Harry​ ​Bookless​ ​and​ ​Aaron​ ​Page​’s Carriages project takes field recordings and weaves them into songs that sound organic, quaint and transformative at the same time. The Carriages project is the perfect start for independent promoter Homebeat’s new label arm as they are at the cross section of HB boss Emmet Condon’s musical interests and they… Read more »

Posted on September 27th, 2017

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