EMPWR: A feminist’s guide to… the Irish Music Scene.
Updated: Mar 9, 2020
By Clodagh Meaney
Right now the Irish music scene is fresh, exciting and more diverse than ever. There are female-led bands, more black women and men releasing music, and an increase in alternative genres away from the overly played indie and pop music played on regional radio. Grime, soul, pop, electronic; genres that are beginning to find life in Ireland where they were often imported before.
Irish musicians, outside of the traditional sense we've grown up with, are becoming more popular. Irish acts are taking spots at large festivals, they’re drawing more and more locals out to support homegrown music, and their self-penned tunes are dominating our airwaves.
In particular, there are some phenomenal Irish women making their mark on the scene, and it's very exciting. If your Spotify Discover has been letting you down lately, fear not: here is a list of some of the freshest female acts that you could have on Shuffle.
Caoimhe, Karen and Saoirse are from Bray, Co. Wicklow. The trio describes themselves as “friends first, Band second”. Their connection and trust builds a strong foundation for their music. Their live shows are energetic, intimate and fierce. Wyvern Lingo supported Grace Jones in July of this summer.
Their next gig is in The Academy Dublin on September 28th.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Crawl
Vocalist Niamh McGoldrick is joined in the line up by Des, Sean, Robbie and Sam. They’re fresh *excuse the pun* from the stage at this year’s Knockan Stockan. If you check out our story highlights on Instagram, you will be able to follow Niamh behind the scenes at the festival. Their sound is electronic and slightly eerie.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Intact
London born, she grew up in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Soulé’s sound is unique to the Irish scene. Her music blends elements of Soul, Drum and Bass, R&B and Dance.She cites Solangé, Lauryn Hill & Zara Larsson amongst her inspirations. She has played at Electric Picnic, Longitude and Body & Soul festivals. Soulé is on the fringes of becoming an international breakout star, and is certainly one to watch.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Don’t Hold Your Breath
Unsigned Ambi-Groove trio, Dreaming of Jupiter, comprises of lead singer Zoe, alongside musicians Sam & Dave.
They’ve played at festivals such as Castlepalooza and Sea Sessions. A Dreaming of Jupiter show is high energy and you can expect a lot of dancing. Their debut EP ‘Fading’ isn’t released until October 26th, however, they still have a few bops on Spotify.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Right Kind of Love (Pic: facebook.com/dreamingofjupiter/)
When they refer to themselves as ‘your new favourite band’, they’re not joking. Pam, Cathy, Sarah and Rachel, all from County Dublin, formed in late 2016 on a city centre Basketball court. A few months later, they released their first EP ‘Calm Girls’, and by 2017, they were touring the UK and Ireland. Their second EP ‘State of The State’ dropped in February of this year. These gals are true blues, with their Dublin colloquialisms, and their beautifully thick accents. Je know? They're supporting Delorentos on their upcoming Irish tour. They have also just announced a host of Irish dates.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Rats
These girls are a vibrant Electro-Pop trio. Claire, Beccy & Jayne hail from Belfast, Co. Antrim. Their songs ooze punk, girl power, and partying. Their upcoming shows are; October 26th in Fibber Magees, Dublin and on Nov 15th, Belfast, 39 Gordon Street. Their Dublin gig is free in, so I encourage you to get out there and support these up and coming Irish musicians to get ahead of the curve.
Introduce yourself, by listening to: Running (Pic: facebook.com/vokxen)