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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# Irish music

This year
# First look
Ones to watch (and hear!): 5 Irish musical acts to include in your 2023 playlists
Infectious 80s-inspired synth-pop from Donegal and powerful post-punk coming out of Dublin; A guide to Ireland’s emerging musical talent.
# choice awards
Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines D.C, CMAT and others nominated for Choice Album of the Year
Nominees include Pillow Queens, Aoife Nessa Frances, Just Mustard and Thumper.
All time
# Irish music
Fontaines DC and Denise Chaila among artists shortlisted for Choice Music album of the year prize
Ten artists are included in the shortlist and the winner will be announced in March.
# play the hits
Quiz: How well do you remember the decade that was in Irish music?
It’s been a good decade with Irish artists topping the charts around the world.
# assume form
James Blake sampled an Irish musician's old RTE recording on his buzzy new album
This is so lovely.
# rte choice music prize
These 10 nominees are battling it out to be named Irish Album of the Year
Two of those nominated have won the award before.
# lomax in éirinn
Alan Lomax: The man who wanted to save Irish traditional music with his tape recorder
A new documentary looks at Lomax’s work in the US and here in Ireland.
# youth music awards
The future of Irish music is playing at Croke Park later this month
Recording time in a professional studio and an album release is up for grabs at the Irish Youth Music Awards.
# sun studios
In 'challenging' times for the Irish music scene, an old school recording studio is managing to keep rocking
Waltons on George’s Street is gone, and this Temple Bar studio has also had to adapt to survive.
# my heart is low
A Woman's Heart was the soundtrack to last night's Derry Girls, and everyone got so nostalgic
Ooooonly a woman, oooOOONLY A WOMAN!
Irish musicians are paying tribute to the 'unforgettable' Dolores O'Riordan on Twitter
The Cranberries singer has passed away suddenly at the age of 46.
# women rock
10 deadly tracks by Irish women you might have missed in 2017
A talented bunch.
# king kong company
A man proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of a gig in Dublin and the crowd went WILD
She said yes, of course.
# Irish music
People used to scoff at Irish rappers, but the hip hop scene in Ireland is booming
A new documentary, The Truth About Irish Hip Hop, tells the story of how Irish rappers are carving out a niche in the music industry.
# throwback tunes
Throwback Tunes: Revisiting B*Witched's self-titled first album
Is it any good, 19 years on?
Throwback Tunes: Revisiting Boyzone's first album, Said And Done
Is is any good, 22 years on?
# father sesh ledge
Here's what Father Damo is up to, 21 years after he appeared on Father Ted
This music video starring Father Ted actor Joe Rooney tells us how he’s getting on. (Hint: Not great!)
# a different beat
14 signs you were a 90s Boyzone obsessive
# talk about pop music
Can You Name The Old-School Irish Popstar?
The 90s/early 2000s were golden years for Irish pop music. GOLDEN YEARS.
# new year new tunes
12 deadly new Irish artists to get your ears around in 2017
There’s something for everyone here.
# lyra
People absolutely loved this Cork artist's song featured on Striking Out last night
It’s by Cork artist Lyra.
# on the air
Musicians hold sing-song outside Leinster House in bid to get more radio play
They were there to launch a new bill from Labour TD Willie Penrose.
# arty farty
Can You Guess These Irish Albums From Their Covers?
Test that music knowledge.
Founding member of Clannad, Padraig Duggan, dies aged 67
Padraig Duggan founded the Irish family folk music group with his twin brother in the 1970s.
# Choice Music Prize
These are the best bands in Ireland this year
One is going to win a massive 10k prize.
# sponsored
"Curb your expectations and just run with it" - Joseph Panama from Overhead, The Albatross on Irish festivals
We chatted to the bassist from the six-piece, who you can catch at festivals all summer.
# oh ma ma ma
5 filthy things you never noticed about Mundy's July
It’s packed full of dirt. Really.
# ceol agus craic
Sinn Féin wants to hear more Irish music on the radio
One of the party’s MEPs wants a quota system introduced.
# slan go foill
Last Late Show: 8 of the most memorable Irish moments on Letterman
Peter O’Toole on a camel, anyone?
# rattle and hum
The Edge falls off stage, makes inevitable pun
U2 kicked off their world tour last night.
# the one
Kodaline were on James Corden's show last night and fans couldn't cope
Go on the lads!
# Your shout
Open thread: What's the best gig you've ever seen in Ireland?
The people need to know…
# quirktastic
7 of Ireland's most weird and wonderful festivals
Proof that really IS something for everyone.
# new music
"A girl told me mid-song that I was ruining her night" - quickfire Q&A with Tandem Felix
David Tapley chats to us about his best gig experience, writing songs and pyjamas.
# samhradh samhradh
6 reasons why you should be listening to The Gloaming, NOW
Their wonderful album has won the Choice Music Prize.
# take me to church
Watch Hozier and Annie Lennox rock the Grammys with amazing mash up
Who knew Take Me To Church and I Put A Spell On You would go together so well?
# problem
Hozier's Live Lounge cover of Ariana Grande is a real treat
Even a pop hit can be Hozier-ified, y’know.
# billy treacy
Temple Bar gets an almighty slagging in this brilliant new Irish folk song
Dublin singer Billy Treacy is telling it like it is.
# take me to church
Hozier gave the performance of his life on SNL last night
As if his week could get any better.
# my favourite faded fantasy
Damien Rice blew everyone away on Jools Holland last night
Watch his performance of new track I Don’t Want To Change You here.