Blood or Whiskey formed in Kildare (IE) in 1995 as an irish folk / punk crossover band, similar to The Pogues. Their first two albums were also heavily influenced by them. In 2003 lead singer Barney Murray left the band. Vocal duties were taken over by guitarist Dugs Mulhooly. Untill 2005 they underwent alot of line up changes, leaving Dugs and Chris (drums) as the only original member. In 2005 they released their third album "Cashed Out On Culture", which had more of a punk-edge than their former two.
CRAN, an Irish folk 3-piece, are unique in Irish folkmusic in that their repertory is divided equally between music and song. Each member of the trio already had international reputations in their own fields before the band was formed: Desi Wilkinson, in the field of Irish flute-playing both at home and abroad; Sean Corcoran, as one of the leading singers in the Hiberno-English and Gaelic traditions and also as a researcher and teacher; Ronan Browne, as one of the leading lights among the younger generation of uilleann pipers, was already giving master-classes worldwide.
Super Extra Bonus Party are an indie-electronica band, formed in November 2005 and based in Dublin, Ireland. Their music takes in various different genres such as electronica, indie and hip hop. In April 2007, they released their debut album, Super Extra Bonus Party LP, leading the Irish music press to call it "the most inventive Irish album this decade" and "contender for Irish album of the year". Their debut album won the 'choice music prize' 2007.
The Sins of Sainte Catherine is the debut album for Dublin Artist The Mighty Stef . Recorded Early in 2006 in Montreal, Canada and due for release on September 22. The record is made up of a selection of 14 gems from 'The Mighty's' vast bank of songs written since his inception in 2003. Removing himself from the comfortable surroundings of his beloved Dublin city, Stef braved the cold winter of Montreal, A City where he knew virtually nobody, in order to concentrate on getting his long overdue first album recorded.
giveamanakick are Steve and Keith. Having spent the past 2 years playing with various rock luminaries and music press darlings such as The Icarus Line, Ex-Girl, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Eel Shock, Isis, The Soledad Brothers, Unsane, Melt Banana, Electric 6, Liars, Black Eyes, The Undertones, Presidents of the United States Of America and Rocket From the Crypt, as well as peddling their debut album "Is It Ok To Be Loud, Jesus?" to anybody who'd listen, giveamanakick rested.
The Pogues are a popular Irish folk rock band of the 1980s and 90s. They have a strong following, essentially inventing celtic punk and having a large influence on the larger celtic fusion scene as well. The Pogues were founded in King's Cross, a district in north London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone — "pogue mahone" being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse." The band specialized in Irish folk music, often playing with the energy of the punk rock scene from which several of the members had their roots.
Signed to the Divine Comedy's Setanta label, you could be forgiven for thinking that Dublin's Mark Cullen is the next Neil Hannon. Pony Club are actually quite a different beast though; Cullen has a similar ear for a great melody but his style is aggressive and confrontational. 'CCTV' is typical - buzzsaw punk guitars and gritty lyrics railing against modern cliches ("I'm watching Hilfiger glamourise violence, in every run down satellite highrise").
Liam Geddes is a young Irish pop artist from Ballina. He took part in the Irish national final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. He competed with the song Sometimes, but didn't win the ticket to Belgrad, Serbia. He has also been performing for a number of years in musicals, charitable events and as a guest soloist. He was the highest placed and youngest Irish competitor on 'X Factor' in 2007.
Trickbaby is a britasian East/West dancey soundclash, influenced by modern dance music and Indian Bollywood classics. The group consists of the songwriting partnership of Saira Hussain and Steve Ager, and the musicianship of Jeevan Rihal (harmonium/keyboards and additional vocals), Vikaash Sankadecha (percussion) and Emre Ramazanoglu (drums). Trickbaby debuted with their single "Indi-yarn", which reached #46 on the British charts,was the first Hindi language single to be playlisted at BBC Radio 1 and was their morning show’s record of the week for a record three weeks.