Introducing: A Mix of New Irish Bands #6

It's that time again when my inbox begins to fill up with new music! Here's the best of the batch and there's some great music in here!

Fun With Ropes

This band are brand new. Their first gig is The Sunday Roast in the Mercantile this Sunday and they have two songs to check out on Soundcloud!. The first song Mariner is alright but I love the second track Weatherstation. Hints of early 90s indie music like Slowdive or Lush. Wonderful stuff!

Weatherstation by Fun with Ropes


Sport of Kings

At the heart of the New York band Sport of Kings is an Irish songwriter, Richard Kelly, who moved to New York from Ireland in 2006. This video is a cracker and the song ain't half bad either in a Pavement/Beach Boys sort of way! The band play Dublin's Grand Social venue on 24 November.


runaway GO

Belfast based Indie band runaway GO are set to release their second single ‘Delicate Man’ on November 25th. Runaway GO have just announced a string of dates in Ireland:

Monday 28th November Spirit Store, Dundalk
Tuesday 29th November Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin
Wednesday 30th November Kazbar, Wexford
Thursday 1st December Crane Lane, Cork

The single 'Delicate Man' is excellent!



Chloe is a Dublin singer and songwriter who came to my attention through this excellent Interview & Live Performance video from The Purple Sessions. It was filmed in Boyles of Slane and is a quality introduction to this promising singer!


Gareth Dunlop

Gareth Dunlop could easily end up being a mega mega star!

Here's some of the facts…

● Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 23-year old Gareth Dunlop was hailed “One to Watch” by BBC Radio Ulster.
● Named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival
● Dunlop’s songs have been featured in numerous hit television series including “Cougar Town,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Army Wives,“Life Unexpected,” and more.
● Dunlop has opened for Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith, Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Carrack, The Steeldrivers, Imelda May and more.
● Snow Patrol performed Dunlop’s song, “Firefly,” with a full orchestra and invited him to join the band on stage as the lead vocalist for their special homecoming performance in Belfast.

Here's why there's lots of interest in Gareth Dunlop!

Fools Desire by GarethDunlopMusic


More Than Conquerors

Indie rockers from Belfast More Than Conquerors make some pretty good rock music with a worldwide appeal! It's all good!

More Than Conquerors - I've Done Nothing / I've Done It All by bandwidthmusic


The Henry Girls

Hailing from Donegal this band of three sisters make wonderfully charming folk music! Their new album 'December Moon' is a pleasure to listen to and will be reviewed on the blog real soon!

02 December Moon by The Henry Girls