Top 50 - Part 9 [6 - 50]

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

Indie tunes with a splash of fine trumpet and superb vocals sum up The Gorgeous Colours. Their 2008 debut album was good but everything they've released since then has been excellent. How good is this tune 'Chopped Heart'? Can't wait for album number two!

9. Bona Fide Federation

Cork's Bona Fide Federation makes the list due to the amazing vocals of Triona O'Neill. Their jazzy radio friendly pop is enhanced by the spectacular lead vocals.

8. Junah

Junah are beginning to frustrate me. I've been waiting for years to listen to the wonderful album that they are capable of but instead they release a four track EP which is free through their website. Junah are a quality band with thoughtful folk rock songs.

7. Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman was a busy man in 2011 releasing a song a week through his bandcamp page. Among the 50 tunes there were some real gems including a cover of Kanye West's 'Runaway', the superhero theme tune 'Maximilliano and this tune 'Turn The Lights Down Low'.

6. The Young Folk

When Anthony Furey formed The Young Folk he brought together five wonderfully talented musicians to create an energetic folk sound that's as good live as on cd. Their debut EP consists of some great songs and their live performances are always top quality.

The full list on Friday!