Top 50 Irish Acts in Ireland Today

Here's the top 50 acts in Ireland according to my humble tastes. The list acts as a guide to the recently released 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
49. Seamus Fogarty
48. The Man Whom
47. SJ McArdle
46. Allie Bradley
45. Drunken Boat
44. Polly Barrett
43. The Manhattan Syndrome
42. Aaron Shanley
41. Bouts
40. Shannon
39. Preachers Son
38. Wicker Bones
37. Pearse McGloughlin
36. Eric McGrath
35. Ghost Estates
34. The Henry Girls
33. Rams Pocket Radio
32. The Dirty 9s
31. The Crayon Set
30. Twin Terrace
29. The Lost Brothers
28. Little Green Cars
27. Fox E. & The Good Hands
26. Valentine Black
25. Youth Mass
24. Autumn Long
23. Arrow in the Sky
22. Storyfold
21. Senakah
20. Fling
19. The Riot Tapes
18. The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
17. We Cut Corners
16. Ham Sandwich
15. Sive
14. Wallis Bird
13. Lisa Hanningan
12. A Plastic Rose
11. David Hope
10. The Gorgeous Colours
9. Bona Fide Federation
8. Junah
7. Bill Coleman
6. The Young Folk

5. Mossy Nolan

Mossy quietly released his self-titled debut album earlier this year. It's a wonderful album of folk classics and traditional compositions which is bursting with both charm and integrity.

4. Marc O'Reilly

I'd rate Marc O'Reilly as the best guitarist in Ireland. Along with this fantastic talent he can also write a great song as evidenced on his fantastic debut album 'My Friend Marx' released in Ireland last year. Also I'm delighted to hear great things about Marc's career in the UK and Europe.

3. Jukebox Gypsy

After two full albums, a live album and about six tours of Ireland Jukebox Gypsy are still relatively unknown in blogging media circles. However their Irish shows invariably sell out with their fanbase expanding mainly on 'Word of Mouth'! If it's tap dancing entertainment and good songs you want then Jukebox Gypsy is your band!

2. I Draw Slow

On the band's facebook page it describes their sound as '.... rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. However, this is a whole new songbook of stories and melodies.'

 'I Draw Slow' are such a great live band and they deserve to be headlining the biggest venues playing to as many people as possible.

Here's a recent clip of 'I Draw Slow' getting a lovely reception from the crowd at this year's Celtic Connections.

1. Ana Gog

Ana Gog released an EP a good few years back and have since been preparing their debut album which is apparently on the way in the coming weeks. Ana Gog's sound, to me anyway, is completely unique. The best way to describe it is that they are taking that 70's Genesis sound and re-inventing and updating it. The vocals are pitch perfect, the musicianship is top notch and their songs are inspirational. Best act in Ireland at the moment? Yes!