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The 50 Irish Acts You Have To Hear
Hot Press picks the homegrown noisemakers who are just too good to let slip under the radar. We’ve left out those who’ve arguably already made it such as Maverick Sabre and Two Door Cinema Club. Instead we’ve focused on the newcomers who may not yet be in the limelight but from whom you’ll be hearing lots in 2012!
Celina Murphy, 12 Jan 2012
Listen: to a sampler of Cover And Flood and cult favourite Twelve at www.katiekim.bandcamp.com.
See: her on the Certain Three Tour in January, including dates in Castlebar (12); Cork (14 & 15); Limerick (19); Navan (20); Waterford (21); Galway (26); Dublin (27) and Dundalk (28).
In the quickest success story we’ve witnessed in aeons, Donegal indie peddlers Mojo Gogo found themselves on the cover of Hot Press last year, having made it to the finals of the Arthur’s Day ‘Play On The Day’ competition within months of getting together. Dealing in a uniquely chart-friendly brand of math rock, the Derry-based trio have since become famed for a raucous live show fitting of their musical heroes, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Listen: to the a year’s worth of material at www.mojo-gogo.com.
See: them live at Bound For Boston, Derry (March 10); The Retro Bar, Portrush, (January 14); NUI Arts Ball, Galway (February 15); An Grianan, Donegal (March 16); Sweeney’s, Dublin (24) and the Mercantile, Dublin (25).
Belfast quintet Runaway Go are equally capable of writing hushed, intimate pop ditties as stadium-ready rock anthems, but even if it’s not clear what to expect from the Northy noisemakers over the next 12 months, their forthcoming debut EP is sure to put them on the map. Memorable for their immaculate girl/boy harmonies, the radio-bound rockers have already had their music featured in films and video games, and as if that’s not enough, they also nabbed the Jack Daniel’s ‘JD Set Unsigned’ award last year. Not bad for a band with only two singles to their name.
Listen: to thundering single ‘Alligator’ at www.soundcloud.com/runaway-go.
See: a stripped-back version of ‘Delicate Man’ at www.tinyurl.com/bmyknk7.
2012 ain’t an easy time to be a singer-songwriter, unless you plan on repackaging yourself as an amorphous pop starlet, Jessie J-style, but from reggae vibes to tropical flourishes, there’s plenty to separate London-based songstress Liz Lawrence from the rest of the pack. Musically at least, Lawrence bears more than a passing resemblance to indie treasure Laura Marling (just swap that acoustic guitar for a ukulele and you’re there), so it seems only fitting that she get a similarly ecstatic reaction when her album drops at the end of March.