Our little country has produced some amazing singers and bands over the years who have went on gain worldwide fame-and deservedly so.
There are so many up and coming bands and individual artists that have an phenomenal amount of talent. When we do it, we do it well. Here are just three talented acts from Ireland who are on their merry way to world wide fame. Hats off to them-no doubt most of us have already belted out a tune or two by them in the shower already.
Hailing from sunny Bray in Co.Wicklow, Andrew Hozier Byrne released his first EP which has four songs in July 2013 titled ‘Take Me To Church’, which rocketed straight to number one in the Irish singles chart. He recently released ‘From Eden’ last month and this song has also been highly acclaimed.
The bands gig in Whelan’s this March sold out in less than a minute, and there is no doubt Hozier would have sold out a larger venue in just as much time. Byrne’s voice is quite gravelly and distinctly different, and the music he has released so far has been soulful and full of emotion.
Hozier is scheduled to tour across festivals in Britain and America this Summer, and no doubt he will be bigger than ever after this. But don’t worry-you can still catch Hozier doing his thing at Longitude festival in Marley Park this July. Here is a video of the man himself singing his latest track ‘From Eden’ live.
This Cavan foursome recently appeared on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ whilst touring in the US. This is some achievement considering the band are aged between 16-18. Formed in 2008, the band describe themselves as a ‘rhythm and blues’ four piece, and there look is reminiscent of the early Beatles. The band’s music is well beyond their years and the talent is undeniable. They all left school at 16 to pursue a career in music stating that they ‘didn’t want school to get in the way if an education’ , and it seems a wise gamble considering the amount of attention they have received lately.
The 2012, the band self produced and released an EP of blues covers, which attracted much interest from the music industry, eventually leading to them releasing music through Mercury Records. In March last year, they released their debut single ‘Blue Collar Jane’, which will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 20th.
In September 2013, The Strypes released their debut album ‘Snapshot’.The band are now embarking on a European tour and will play Dublin’s academy on April 11th and 12th so be sure to catch the young band in force. They are oozing talent especially considering their young age. Many bands were just dreaming of doing what they are doing when they were 16.
Watch the foursome singing ‘What a Shame ‘on the Late Show here:
Described by The Guardian as ‘the one to watch’, Derry native Bridie Monds-Watson is already has quite a large fan base. The seventeen year old has supported bands such as Snow Patrol and has sold out a number of solo gigs.
SOAK has released two EPs so far, and has recently been signed to Warner Brothers. Her music seems quite deep, and the songwriter highlights a lot of personal struggle within the lyrics. Many aren’t expecting this type of music to come from such a small person, however, armed with her guitar and her impressive voice, Soak has the power to captivate the whole venue within seconds.
The artist sings with a huge amount of emotion and feeling, however during songs, the crowd can catch a glimpse of the upbeat 17 year old’s personality-and she isn’t short of cracking a joke on stage. The Signer-Songwriter is currently touring with CHVRCHES, and her EP is available to buy on iTunes and her website now.
Watch her signing her EP ‘Sea Creatures’ here: