The Irish music scene is a pot of gold. Ireland has produced musical legends like The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Hozier and The Pogues and the Alternative scene is rife with soon-to-be household names. This St Patrick's Day, we took a trip to the end of the rainbow, and picked out seven Irish artists you need to know!
Limerick’s MuRli has been making waves in the Irish Hip-Hop scene. His latest EP ‘The Sky Has Windows’ cemented his place as a force to be reckoned with. A gifted producer, MuRli self-produced a large chunk of the EP, creating beats with an Afro-beat influence and layering them with a classic UK Vocal Flow. The Limerick-born artist’s vision is strong and he’s also a big supporter of his Irish peers, collaborating with Gemma Dunleavy on lead single ‘Odyssey’, MuRli is a true gem.
KEY TRACK - Odyssey
Charming her way to the forefront of the Alternative scene with cult classic tracks including ‘I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby!’ CMAT has uncovered a niche of the Irish, Campy, Country Star. Ever the unconventionalist, her songwriting possesses a hearty injection of humour with an emotional-core resulting in music with an indisputable individuality. Coupling likeability with talent, CMAT has found a winning formula; best represented in her Debut Album: ‘If My Wife New, I’d Be Dead’.
KEY TRACK - I Don’t Really Care For You
Signature vocals scratched with rasp, pulsating bass lines and vulnerable lyricism. Pillow Queens are a band who are hard not to love, listening to their music produces an aching longing, the Dublin-based quartet have mastered the ability to persuade their listener to enter their emotions. Keep an eye out for their album ‘Leave the Light On’ dropping April 1st. An instant obsession for fans of Indie, Rock or getting in your feelings.
KEY TRACK- By Your Side
Abi Coulibaly’s voice holds that lingering soulfulness that has come to be associated with R&B in the modern day. Switching between soulful singing into effortless rap, stylistically reminiscent of Erykah Badu, who she cites as a key influence. The Irish singer brings immaculate vibes, perfect for fans of Jorja Smith, Mahalia and laid-back sounds.
KEY TRACK- On My Ones
Junior Brother has a sound reminiscent of a time gone by. Crafting alternative-folk using a foot-tambourine and an acoustic guitar, the Dublin-based artist’s music encapsulates the disillusion of the younger generation in Ireland. From the brash-relatability of ‘Hungover at Mass’, to the harkening call of ‘No Country for Young Men’, his lyricism is raw and expressionistic. Perfect for fans of The Pogues and Bob Dylan.
KEY TRACK- The Back of Her
One of the most in demand MC’s to come out of the Emerald Isle, Denise Chalia is most definitely one to watch. Oozing confidence, Chalia has a string of successful releases under her belt and is fast-gaining a reputation as a formidable live performer. Set to grace the Brighton stage in May as a part of The Great Escape Festival, the Irish rapper/singer/poet is a must listen.
KEY TRACK- Chalia
Dublin Alt-Pop band Soda Blonde rose from the ashes of their former band Little Green Cars with a fresh relatability. Penning songs to speak to the souls of 20 somethings everywhere, front woman Faye O’Rourke has curated a water-tight musical style which led to nominations for both Irish Song and Album of the year at the RTE awards. An impressive yet deserved accomplishment following the release of their debut album, ‘Small Talk’.
KEY TRACK- Champion of My Time
To discover these artists, check out our INDUSTRY INSIGHT playlist on Spotify! The St Patrick's Day edition hosts this savvy selection of must-listen artists and a sprinkling of familiar favourites!
Written by: Alice Hingley of South Lanes Studios
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