List: Top 50 [11 - 15]

This is part 8 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.

50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives
25. The Riot Tapes
24. Burning Codes
23. Fiach
22. Groom
21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk
20. Awake Young Soldiers
19. Shayne Byrne
18. Preachers Son
17. Pearse McGloughlin
16. The Dirty 9s

15. Youth Mass

I adore the rock music Youth Mass make. As is the case with most music I like I find it difficult to describe the sound. Some of the songs are your bog standard alternative rock sounds but some like 'False Start' and this recent single 'Tony Don't You Worry' I'm kind of reminded of 'The Unforgettable Fire' era U2. Only miles better of course!

Tony Don't You Worry by Youth Mass

14. Storyfold

No one makes better radio friendly catchy pop songs with an attitude like the ultra cool Storyfold. Their three singles released to date are all brilliant and will form the backbone to a wonderful debut album called 'Rocket Science' which will be released next month.

13. Sean Millar/Dr. Millar

Sean [Dr.] Millar released an album in two parts at the end of 2009 into early 2010 on cassette and cd. 'Of The People' parts one and two contains the usual brilliant lyrics full of colourful commentaries on life.

12. Fling

Fling are part trad and part folk and it works. The vocals are amazing and the songs with lyrics bring to mind heyday era Dylan. When the band kicks off into jigs & reels it really is an experience to behold. Fling are simply a wonderful band.

Shady Grove by Fling

11. James Vincent Mcmorrow

It took me a long time to warm to the charms of James Vincent McMorrow but I can finally say I've been converted. Last year's 'Early in the Morning' is a fantastic album.

James Vincent McMorrow - From The Woods by partisanpr