Category : Fresh Northern Irish Music

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Watch: Brand New Friend – Mediocre At Best

There is a real pleasure in supporting a group of musicians at the beginning of their careers and watching them develop into a band that everyone is talking about. Rather smugly on our part, we are talking about the seemingly unstoppable, Brand…

March 22, 2017

Watch: Hiva Oa – Jonny Brazil

Last year Belfast band Hiva Oa released their ‘mk II (part 1)’EP, their first since returning to Northern Ireland from a stint in Edinburgh. Across four tracks the band explored electronic influences, from the chaotic sounds on ‘A Great Height’ to the ominous…

March 14, 2017


Premiere: ROE – Cheek, Boy

Back in December we premiered the latest single from Derry artist ROE. The brilliant ‘Fake Ur Death‘ received support from the likes of Tom Robinson and Radio Foyle’s Electric Mainline, before taking her first steps outside the North West last month…

March 10, 2017

Watch: Strength NIA – La Floresta

One of the more unique bands in Northern Ireland at the moment, Strength NIA often toe the line between the brilliant and the absurd. Latest single ‘La Floresta’ does just that. The Derry band’s typically unorthodox approach is back on ‘La Floresta’…

March 8, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

Stream: Callum Stewart – The Dam

Callum Stewart showed a lot of promise at a tender age, creating plenty of buzz from his early releases. Now at the age of 19, the North coast songwriter is reaching new heights. His latest single ‘The Dam’ is another clear…

March 1, 2017

Watch: Amanda St John – Grow

2016 saw numerous debut albums from Northern Irish musicians, from folk to rock to electronic. One release back in May had a particular story to tell. Fast forward to the present and the soulful Amanda St John has just released a new…

February 24, 2017

Watch: Ryan Vail and Jealous of the Birds – Love Is A Crow

Ryan Vail and Jealous of The Birds have combined for one of the most intriguing releases out of Northern Ireland this year. The gorgeous ‘Love Is A Crow’ is the collaborative new single from the pair. On first glance the two are…

February 19, 2017

Watch: Bad Fit – In The City

June 2016 saw the release of the debut single from the self-proclaimed ‘baddest band in Belfast’, Bad Fit. Since then, the band whose first show was an Always in Sunny Philadelphia themed affair, have kept busy with some well-received gigging. But…

February 14, 2017

Stream: Joshua Burnside – Tunnels pt. 2

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a proper single release from alt folk songwriter Joshua Burnside. A few years after ‘Dessert Wine/Platonia’, Burnside has returned with a new record label, a forthcoming album and as of last week a new…

February 13, 2017

Singles Club – January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d at least make one relating to my wee column. My resolution was to clear the decks of all the music submitted to me…

February 7, 2017

Premiere: Ghost Office – Least Resistance

Ghost Office teased releases throughout 2016, delivering a few visceral live shows along the way – including but not limited to, yes, a Haunted House Party. Now, on the back of some studio-level production and a new line-up, Richard Bailie,…

February 2, 2017


Watch: PATHS – Neoprene

Less than a week after unveiling her debut single under the alias PATHS, Julianne Shaw has already enjoyed the heart racing feeling of Radio One airtime and made waves across the local music scene. Neoprene marks an impressive emergence. Oozing…

January 24, 2017

Owen Denvir

Premiere: Owen Denvir – Staring At The Sun

Last week Belfast singer-songwriter Owen Denvir released ‘Siren Song‘, the first of five videos from his upcoming live EP ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’. With a new video released every Friday this month, we’re delighted to bring you the second instalment, ‘Staring At The Sun‘. For the…

January 13, 2017

Saint Sister - Photo by Aodhagán O'Flaherty

Watch: Saint Sister – Tin Man

A must-watch, must-listen from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty, our own Saint Sister. ‘Tin Man’, released through Communion Singles Club, is deeply captivating, very appropriately coined ‘atmosfolk’ by Nialler9. Saint Sister break from the traditionally earthy trappings of the genre…

January 9, 2017