Introducing: A Mix of New Irish Artists #9

The 'Introducing Mix' post is nearly becoming a weekly feature on the blog. Every week I come across new bands that I've never featured on the blog before and here's my way of opening up their music to the online world of and The Hype Machine! Hopefully these acts will find new fans, friends and receptive ears!

My Fellow Sponges

First up is a Galway band who played the 'Bagfull of Songs' sessions night in Drogheda recently and impressed all present. Their quirky folk brings to mind the 'Anti-folk' sound of The Moldy Peaches and are a band to watch out for!

                                                               Wendy Jack

Wendy Jack is a singer-songwriter from Co. Tyrone who writes really good radio friendly tunes. The vocals on the single from 2011 'Sunset' are really impressive. This year is all about Wendy touring Ireland and beyond.


Daniel Thomas

Dundalk's Daniel Thomas is on the cusp of releasing his debut album. From the demos that are on Soundcloud this may well be one of the best albums of the year. I love the strings in this song.


Third Smoke

Already Third Smoke are celebrities in their home town of Dundalk and making a name for themselves in Dublin with their live performances and for songs like this:


Ciaran Lavery 

The Northern half of Ireland is featuring strongly this week. Ciaran Lavery from Co. Antrim has a splendid husky voice. I've ignored the songs which act as nods to the influence of Cohen or Waits and shared this wonderfully charming lo-fi song called 'Move'. Catch Ciaran on tour this Spring with Aaron Shanley.


I'm genuinely excited by Dublin based three piece 'Red Sail'. Their indie-folk sound is simply gorgeous and reminds me a little of a lo-fi 'Belle & Sebastian'. The track 'Paper Cuts' will be released in March and it will be supported by tour dates around Ireland.