This past few weeks, I have been emerged in some great Northern Irish music, listening to all the eligible singles and albums up for the NI Music Awards 2021. To highlight how good our local music scene is I have made this playlist to introduce you to my favourite 25 songs...
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HANNAH PEEL - Wind Shadow
I discovered Hannah in her strings work with Paul Weller and then found out she was from here. Fir Wave is a gorgeous album of ambience.
DEA MANTRONA - Stamp On It
These teenage girl rockers are in the line of The Undertones and Ash. Love them.
BURNING CODES - Art
Paul Archer still buzzing with his indie driving soul.
ROE - A Quiet Place
Pop hooks with words to ponder. She’s something!
SNOW PATROL & THE SATURDAY SONGWRITERS - Reaching Out To You
Written in Lockdown with fans over social media. Quite an achievement.
RYAN MCMULLAN - If This Is The End (with Ulster Orchestra & Paul Campbell)
Our most popular songwriter with Orchestra. Tasty.
RYAN VAIL & RUTH MCGINLEY - Chrysalism
Vail does it again with a blend of his electronics and Ruth McGinley’s classical piano. Imaginative and beautiful.
JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS - Something Holy
Jealous of the Birds remind me of 10,000 Maniacs. Wordy and catchy.
SAINT SISTER - Oh My God Oh Canada
Haunting harmonies and atmospheres.
ARBORIST - THE Mountain Will Come To You
I love Arborist. I bought this on vinyl!
BRONA MCVITTIE - The Man In the Mountain (feat Myles Cochran & Richard Curran)
I’ve just discovered this ethereal mix of trad and classical. She even has the wonderful human Richard Curran on this. He played on my album too!
DANI LARKIN - Samson & Goliath
New folk girl from the Armagh/Monaghan border. Great guitarist. Wonderful voice. Irish through and through.
JOSHUA BURNSIDE - Never Was, Never Were
Burnside is a songwriter full of quirks and sweet surprise.
BRONAGH GALLAGHER - Truth Or Dare
I love Bronagh’s voice and that blues rock sound. So underrated.
OWEN LAMONT - Lady Love You
Another recent discovery. Love the voice.
SUSIE BLUE - May God Forgive You
This woman has talent and attitude to burn.
OWEN DENVIR - My World
Another of our stellar songwriters.
JC STEWART - Loud
One of our top pop exports, he just has a way with accessible melodies.
CONOR MARCUS - Love You Again
A few years younger than JC Stewart but this young man is maturing beautifully.
REBEKAH FITCH - Loose Ends
Young Fitch is maturing too. She adds imaginative intrigue and depth to her pop sounds.
BRIGID O’NEILL - Leaving
Classic Irish songwriting very well honed.
ANDREW PATTERSON - NORMAL PEOPLE
A teacher by profession Patterson is no amateur when it comes to songsmithery. Always pleasant to the ear and provoking of the soul.
REEVAH - Daydreamer
Yet more brilliant Derry indie pop with sounds and depth.
CONCHÚR WHITE - Vocation Vacation
Wordy with theatrical sounds. White is finding his own way.
THE DARKLING AIR - Beholding You
Let Michael Keeney and Rachel McCarthy seduce you with their ethereal beauty.