Award-winning Indie Folk
Experimental folk artist Joshua Burnside is something of an anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft strives towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic. Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream.
Joshua released his debut album ‘Ephrata’ two years ago via Quiet Arch Records. A critical and commercial success, the unique mix of Irish traditional, European folk and Americana music that fuelled the emotional core of his inaugural release earned Joshua the ‘Best Album’ award at the Northern Irish Music Prize.
After his time spent touring ‘Ephrata’ around the UK and Ireland, Joshua returned home to experiment in his studio. Joshua is currently using post-punk and electronic recording methods to push the boundaries of his beloved folk music and make a sound unique to the 21st century, one that echos the uncertainty and humanity of the times. Joshua’s second studio album is set for release in 2020.
With an international fan base (Headline shows in the UK, Ireland, North America, South America and Europe) and industry accreditation (Radio support from BBC Radio One, BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing, Today FM, RTE 1, RTE 2FM), Joshua Burnside is one of Ireland's finest musical exports.
Internationally renowned electronic composer
Northern Irish electronic composer Ryan Vail is as much an architect as he is an artist. A true world builder, he effortlessly blends the realms of electronica, acoustic & classical, always experimenting and combining analogue instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.
His most recent album, an audio/visual collaboration with Elma Orkestra, was awarded the Northern Irish Music Prize for Best Album in 2019. Featuring guest appearances from legendary Irish singer Moya Brennan and Dublin wordsmith Stephen James Smith, its retelling of a world without Borders resonated in their native Ireland and beyond. It's world tour was the subject of an upcoming BBC TV documentary which aired on BBC 2 NI.
A prolific live performer, Ryan has supported Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, David Kitt, Public Service Broadcasting, Todd Terje, Luke Vibert, Orbital and many more. A regular on the large festival circuit in Ireland, he has headlined Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.
Radio support includes: BBC Introducing, Other Voices, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Across The Line, Tom Robinson, Phillip Taggart and Zane Lowe as well as appearing on Ireland's Other Voices and a BBC Introducing session with Across The Line, BBC NI
Infectious DIY Pop-Punkers
Pop. Punk. Smashed guitars. UNCE UNCE energy. Creativity and chaos. All essential component of the Cheyrm experience.
Exploding out of their native Derry in 2017 with their debut Mouthbreatherz, Cherym quickly gained a cult following that kicked off a string of Irish dates and support slots.
The group followed up their debut with a number of successful singles; Super Queens and Abigail saw the bands profile in the UK and Ireland continue to rise. Featured on national radio shows such as BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), Radio 6 (Tom Robinson, Steve Lamaq) and BBC Introducing (Gemma Bradley).
This industry recognition led to slots at major Irish festivals Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Stendhal, Knockanstockan, Other Voices, Eastbound and Output. Following this, Cherym were awarded the 'Best Newcomer' prize at the 2019 Northern Ireland Music Prize, which was sponsored by BBC Music Introducing.
After a series of shows that saw the band support Fangclub, And So I Watch You From Afar and Yonaka, Cherym released their newest single Weird Ones in May 2020. Cherym are working on their sophomore EP.
Cinematic Pop Noir
The formation of Dark Tropics was inevitable. Drawn together by a bond that stretched from Ireland to Morocco, musicians Rio and Gerard found common ground in the form of Radiohead, Aretha Franklin and The Velvet Underground. Armed with the influences of William Somerset Maugham, Paul Auster and John Cooper-Clarke, the pair formed a partnership - one that relies equally on instinct and guile.
Their creative vision has bore fruit with timeless, cinematic Pop-Noir. Powered by analogue instruments and retro recording techniques the music sways and breathes naturally. Their themes are everywhere - the burning highs of lust, the fragility of heartache, the sting of betrayal and defiance in the face of hurt.
A meld of contemporary and classic, individuality and universality, the scope of Dark Tropics is limited only by how far down the rabbit hole you wish to follow.
Already an international act, Dark Tropics have received support from BBC Radio 1 (Phil Taggart, Indie Show), KCRW (Morning Goes Eclectic), Happy Mag, Clash Magazine, BBC Introducing, RTE 1 and Nialler9.
Trad-infused Indie Folk
With a sound that is as wild, beautiful and untamed as their home in the west of Ireland comes Laytha. An indie-folk duo cut from the same cloth as Saint Sister and First Aid Kit, these Irish singer-songwriters specialise in weaving fiery tales and cold ballads. A fusion of contemporary indie melodies and harmonies with a dark, traditional folkish rhythms, the roots of Laytha run deep and spread wide.
On their debut EP Taobh Eile, the two-piece painted bright portraits and landscapes, lined with pain, wanderlust, and a sublime yearning. As much a visual act as an auditory one, the stories, settings and characters that inhabit Laytha’s world are full of life and struggle, portrayed within rich imagery that incorporates folklore, nature, wilderness and a push back against modernity.
An indie-folk act informed as much by the future as they are by the past, Laytha’s combination of stunning narratives and addictive song composition have helped them establish themselves as one of the brightest new talents in Ireland