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
34. The Henry Girls http://www.thehenrygirls.com
33. Rams Pocket Radio http://soundcloud.com/ramspocketradio/tracks
32. The Dirty 9s http://www.facebook.com/theDirty9s
31. The Crayon Set http://www.facebook.com/thecrayonset
30. Twin Terrace http://www.facebook.com/twinterrace
29. The Lost Brothers http://www.facebook.com/thelostbrothers
28. Little Green Cars http://www.facebook.com/littlegreencars
27. Fox E. & The Good Hands http://foxeandthegoodhands.com/
26. Valentine Black http://www.facebook.com/valentineblack
25. Youth Mass http://www.facebook.com/thisisyouthmass
Youth Mass are slowly releasing material and playing the odd gig while preparing a debut album which will be mega if songs like 'Wide Eyes', 'Tony Don't You Worry' and 'Only C**** Buy Vinyl' are anything to go by.
24. Autumn Long http://www.facebook.com/Autumnlongmusic
I've been waiting for three years for the debut album from former Wallmark singer Padriag Digan. Autumn Long is the adopted name for Padraig and his band with that debut album imminent!
23. Arrow in the Sky http://www.facebook.com/arrowinthesky
Folk music of the very best from Mullingar duo 'Arrow in the Sky'. After a brief hiatus I'm delighted to see they are back gigging the country again.
22. Storyfold http://www.facebook.com/storyfold
Whenever I see Storyfold live they remind me of their brilliance. With six singles from their debut album released as well on non stop touring they have one of the best models for young bands to follow as their fanbase is ever increasing. There's whispers of a push in the US too!
21. Senakah http://www.facebook.com/senakah.ireland
Limerick band Senakah returned to the fore with a quality single 'Human Relations'. It's inspired me to check out their 2008 debut album 'Sweeter Than Bourban' which is simply superb. Well worth checking out!
Part 7 soon!