Here's the top 50 acts in Ireland according to my humble tastes. The list acts as a guide to the music which excites me at this moment in time. It excludes bands not currently working in Ireland or who have been dormant for some time. So in basic terms here's a list of bands to watch out for on a random night in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Dundalk etc ....
50. Heritage Centre http://www.facebook.com/theheritagecentre
49. Seamus Fogarty http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seamus-Fogarty-Music/112030042201855
48. The Man Whom http://www.facebook.com/themanwhom
47. SJ McArdle http://www.facebook.com/sjmcardlemusic
46. Allie Bradley http://www.facebook.com/alliebrads
45. Drunken Boat http://www.facebook.com/drunkenboatie
44. Polly Barrett http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polly-Barrett-Music/108088589256392
43. The Manhattan Syndrome http://www.facebook.com/TheManhattanSyndrome
42. Aaron Shanley http://www.facebook.com/aaronshanley
41. Bouts http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bouts/275118665844806
40. Shannon http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon/354158321282914
39. Preachers Son http://www.facebook.com/preacherssonofficial
38. Wicker Bones http://www.facebook.com/WickerBones
37. Pearse McGloughlin http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pearse-McGloughlin/153142284726895
36. Eric McGrath http://www.facebook.com/EricMcGrathMusica
35. Ghost Estates http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ghost-estates/143095429068791
Ghost Estates were one of the finds of Vantastival 2011. Their electronic alternative sounds with a confident frontman and fab musicianship make Ghost Estates one of the best bands in Ireland.
34. The Henry Girls http://www.thehenrygirls.com
Sweet harmonies, meaningful songs and chilled out folk music are what The Henry Girls are about.
33. Rams Pocket Radio http://soundcloud.com/ramspocketradio/tracks
Another entry from Lisburn here with Rams Pocket Radio. There's no doubt in my mind that Rams Pocket Radio will be going global real soon with their radio friendly indie pop.
32. The Dirty 9s http://www.facebook.com/theDirty9s
One of the best live bands in Ireland The Dirty 9s confirm their place in this list with a happy little pop tune 'Hey' released earlier this year.
31. The Crayon Set http://www.facebook.com/thecrayonset
The Crayon Set manage to mix sweet pop vocals and an indie edge which reminds me a lot of Belle & Sebastian. I love their sound!
Part 5 soon!