This year, I started to learn more about Irish music as a non-native and my playlists have never been the same since. Irish musicians’ versatilities and rich use of genres in their songs captivated me. When I listen to an Irish musician, I know I won’t listen to the typical four chords over and over again along with cheap words. It will be an emotional ride I enjoy.
Likewise, Irish musicians have been gaining more attention globally each year as well and they contribute €703 million to the Irish economy. The industry is growing and also creating more jobs which even led to the non-government body to call for the establishment of a National Music Strategy. The strategy is expected to maximise the support of local musicians and businesses. They 100% deserve the support and the world should take a lesson from their dedication and rich musical talent. Here are six songs I picked from talented Irish musicians.
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All Those Things by Daragh
Daragh Wearen could not contain his passion for music – it was in his blood; by the age of 12 he had already started to pick up instruments to pursue his joy. After a year, he was already recording his ideas. In 2016, he formed his band Endlings and released the EP ‘Somethin’ Old’. The band played in multiple festivals, and were nominated for the indie band of the year from a Norweigan radio station before signing with “Propeller Recordings”. Their EP ‘Blah Blah’ made a great entrance and was recommended by several magazines. Later, he continued his journey solo and made singles being replayed continuously on Norweigan radio.
I Don’t Wanna Love You-Piano Version by Flynn
Despite playing in the U.K over the last couple of years, Darren Flynn was raised in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. His journey in the U.K began when Flynn encountered Bristol’s hip hop and R&B scene. Having a dream to pursue a music career, he played up to four open mic nights a week. His reputation grew as a skillful singer and musician, hence, the move to London to take his music to the next level. He worked with well-established writers and producers which helped him develop his personal sound.
In Painter’s Light by Declan O’Rourke
He got his first guitar from a priest called Kyabram when he was 13 years old and never stopped playing. His debut album ‘Since Kyabram’ was a huge success and entered the Irish album charts at Number 5, eventually achieving double-platinum status. Since the release, Mr O’Rourke has sold-out multiple nationwide Irish tours.
Strange.24 by Sam Wickens
Sam Wickens found his own style in a short amount of time and created soulful songs that are a blessing to the ears. He repeatedly proved his talent as a bewitching live performer. In 2016, he performed at Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, where he entranced the audience at the well-known Bluebird Café. He worked with legendary producer Tony Visconti, a producer who worked with legendary artists such as David Bowie and Paul McCourtney, as a featured artist on a documentary about Mr Visconti’s career.
In My Dreams by Michelle Daly
Dublin born artist Michelle Daly is the definition of versatility. The “honey-toned” vocalist, as described by The Guardian, is inspired by retro soul and R&B artists with a style that varies from soul to opera. She even has an album including acoustic jazz. The amazing artist performed in several places including the Royal Opera House and Cork Opera House. She also proved herself as a must have concert singer and performed recitals at National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Waterfront Hall Belfast.
Dreams by FIRES
- Today(11.12.2020) FIRES released their highly anticipated debut EP ‘Close Eyes, Deep Breathe, Run’. The Dublin-based band focuses on highly personal topics such as grief, loss, and self-esteem, which takes you on an emotional journey. The EP is energetic and has guitar heavy songs which are well made, with great details and creative composition. Even though the songs are punky, they are also reflective and have emotive strings, along with alluring voice-overs.
- Spotify link for the song Dreams