We all know Ireland is a well containing diverse talents. There are some we are familiar with, others are less known although they deserve wider audience. This is the case of Jamie McDonald, a singer/songwriter from Carlow who has lived in Spain, Bulgaria and now he's back on the home soil. Jamie sings with such a contagious passion and energy that would even awake the dead, as they say.
Davie Furey has already been nominated as best singer/songwriter by the Acoustic Yard Radio Show for 2016 and Best Newcomer 2016 by Pure M Magazine and nominated again for Best Male Artist 2017. His knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have won him support slots with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, John Spillane and Luka Bloom.
Aaron J. Burke is aspiring songwriter from Kildare who started playing music at a young age. He draws influences from various musicians, and harbours a love for rock music, having grown up on a diet of Pink Floyd, U2, Simple Minds, then in his teens heavy metal. In his early twenties, Burke moved into playing more stripped back and acoustic music.
Described as contemporary Irish folk/world music group, Kíla has taken Irish traditional music to a new level. The energy from their gigs stays with you for a long time. You can relive the atmosphere with their latest album Alive Beo which is a live album that captures the best of the band.
Centered around singer/songwriter, artist Fergus O'Farrell, Interference have been on the music scene for more than three decades and have influenced many artists in Ireland and beyond. O'Farrell sadly passed away last February but his music and legacy live on.
They say music heals all wounds, helps you whenever you're in need. And in case of this artist with a degree in pharmacy, this sentence is true twice as much.
Loah, of Irish/Sierra Leonean origin, easily turns different elements of her culture into a mesmerizing combination she calls ArtSoul.