There’s no hiding the fact that the Irish music scene is blooming with fresh acts in a whirlpool of genres. There’s also little hiding from the statistics showing how little airplay these acts have been getting on our radio waves in the past year.
With that in mind, we beg for more attention to be given to Irish acts in 2017 and maybe less to the Billboard charts. We also cross our fingers that the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA)’s 5 year deal with Official Charts Company UK will make a difference for our artists.
To kick the year off, we have decided to give you five acts that we think will be big this 2017.
Hailing from County Cavan and with an array of impressive gigs behind her at 21, Cahill combines vivid imagery with classic jazz influences and it is simply beautiful. Her imagery is soul gripping, transporting you into each story told whilst craving a slow set dance in a jazz club.
Whilst we eagerly await an album from Cahill, we are are truly enjoying her current tracks such as ‘The 27 Club’ and ‘Black Dahlia’.
You can now preorder Áine’s upcoming single ‘Plastic‘ (Expected Release 27th Jan).
Fresh out of 2016’s Other Voices, Barq are bringing us some powerful melty rock and argosoul. The four piece have been gaining plenty of well deserved attention since their debut release last March and are penned for great things this year.
If you need a soundtrack to dust off your Christmas blues to this new year, Barq have the kick ass mood and the right chords to get you going. With lead vocals from the phenomenal Jess Kav, we can’t wait to hear what they do next (more agrosoul please).
Straight out of their Leaving Cert. The Klares have already been making waves in the indie rock scene, receiving Hot Press’s Big Break School’s award back in 2015. Age is no barrier to their music, with a sound that certainly seems to have matured for a long time already.
We’ve been enjoying the upbeat vibes and the guitar riffs of this Dublin four piece for the past few months and think 2017 will be their year. With a new track due out in the coming months we can’t wait to see some headline gigs from these lads.
We can’t get enough of these ladies! This three piece from County Wicklow seem to be producing hit after hit. Their alternative/indie sound is incredibly moving. From tracks like ‘Letter To Willow’ and ‘Running’ to their cover of ‘Left Hand Free/ Don’t Let Go ‘ we inevitably need to sing along. With tranquil harmonies and a sound on par with the likes of Katzenjammer, we think you’re going to love Wyvern Lingo this year.
Although it’s not an apparent goal, these women are empowering the ‘women are in music too’ statement without feeling any need to sell themselves in anything other than musical talent and we love it!
Newcomer: Podge Lane
All the way from County Cork, our newcomer choice is folk singer/songwriter Podge Lane. With an EP due out in the next few months we believe that Podge will be one to keep your eyes and ears on.
Influenced by country music and musically moved towards folk and blues under the influence of his audience, Podge describes his passion for experimenting with music as ‘being like a cat with a ball of yarn’.
Article by Vanessa Greene.