The winner of the Mercury Music Prize was announced last week (congratulations Benjamin Clementine) and with 3 Irish artists nominated, Roisin Murphy, SOAK and Aphex Twin, we decided to take a look at our favourite Irish musicians over the years.
One for the near future, Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Co Antrim with an alt-folk sound. We can’t get enough of this guy, with stand out tracks “Left for America” and a cover of Lion Ritchie’s “All Night Long” being played by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and have over 50,000 views on YouTube. We expect big things!
It would be wrong not to put these sisters in the list! Don’t deny it we’ve all grown up with their hits and it’s made us the people we are today. With a planned 2016 tour in the plans (yes we’ll be getting tickets), we can’t wait to hear the classics “Runaway” “Breathless” and “Radio”.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier) was possibly the biggest breakthrough of 2014 after his 2013 hit “Take Me To Church” went viral on YouTube (287 million views) and was in the top 2 all over the World!
2015 was a massive year for Hozier, as he performed at the GRAMMYs, the Billboard Music Awards and a smashing set at Glastonbury. It’s only going to get better and better for this guy.
You were either Boyzone or Westlife… and we’re Westlife. We had to put them in this list having sold over 50 million records. Possibly the biggest musicians to come from Ireland (maybe U2 actually) and people are still getting to grips with their break up in 2012.
The band have gone their separate ways since, with Kian winning “I’m A Celebrity”, Brian hosting daytime television, Mark on a solo career, Nicky presenting and Shane still in music.
Dara Kiely, Daniel Fox, Alan Duggan, Adam Faulkner (yes they’re lads with the name “Girl Band”) were founded in 2011 in Dublin and are gaining popularity at the moment in both the UK and US.
We really like their sound and they’ve got shows in Ireland in 2016, playing Kilkenny, Castlebar and their hometown Dublin. Have a listen to the video above and let us know what you think!