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11 Incredible Irish Music Acts You Really Should Be Listening To

By katedemolder

April 13, 2017 at 5:40pm


Ireland has always boasted a profoundly rich musical history. 

It almost seems like our melodies know no bounds and creativity is found in the water here. Time and time again, the up-and-coming musical artists of our day inspire, enlighten and excite us - and this crew is a perfect example of that.

Time to update your Soundcloud and get stuck into these beauties. 

1. The Ocelots

You may have spotted this dreamy duo on the festival circuit last summer, but these Wexford brothers' musical ability is a force to be reckoned with. 


We've spoken about MOXIE before, and, if anything, we're only loving their sound more and more. They've taken traditional Irish music and run with it, and you'll find upon listening to them, you simply can't get them out of your head. 

3. Hudson Taylor

These guys have been around the block for a few years now, but Alfie and Harry of Hudson Taylor are only honing their craft more and more. Their folk-like indie music gets under your skin and stays with you for a very long time. 

4. Booka Brass

You'd be mad to not have heard of Booka Brass Band. These eight musicians can play absolutely anything from Destiny's Child to Placebo, and they do it pretty bloody well. 

5. DJ Deece

No one can read a dance floor like like Mr Niall D'Arcy, otherwise known as DJ Deece or 'yer man who DJs Workmans Wednesdays'. When he has his resident DJ hat on he can play anything from Nirvana to Tina Turner, but when he's in Deece mode, it's all funky beats. 

6. Nobody's Heroes 

Nobody's Heroes is a pack of very talented musicians that are only on the up. The band focuses on indie rock with soulful influences, and are one of the only bands we know who can pull off an Amy Winehouse cover without sounding small. 

Really bloody incredible vocals, too. 

7. David Keenan

This soulful serenader is one to watch. 

At just 23, Keenan's been asked to play alongside Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard to name a few. Remember this name.

8. Sion Hill

Yet another Mullingar native making it big in the bright lights of the music world. You'd be forgiven for thinking Sion Hill's debut single 'Nothing's Wrong With Loving You' was a Paolo Nutini hit, with a rich jazz-filled sound paired with a dreamy pop beat.

9. Krystal Klear

We think it's safe to say that Krystal Klear has already made it. But with residencies outside of Ireland, it's possibly that some Irish music lovers would've missed the boat on this sensational talent. 

His Boiler Room says more than we can ever say, so get this on and get down to business...

10. Loah 

The haunting voice of Loah is akin to forlorn angels, and no matter how hard you try, something that simply won't leave you.

She grew up in a home where a piano replaced a TV, and that combined with a solid classical training on violin and voice resulted in a uniquely talented musician from a very early age. She's collaborated with the best of the best, and is only honing her craft more finely as time goes by. 

11. And finally, Rue

Rue is a folk trio that piece together everything beautiful about Irish music, and make it their own. One of the most exciting bands to come out of Irish music in years, Radie Peat, Cormac Mac Diarmada and Brian Flanagan will have a lot to answer to in a couple of years. 

And we're very much looking forward to seeing it. 

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