Five Must See Irish Acts in 2013

The-Strypes-300x192The Irish music scene has become a diversified space in recent years. We’re famous for our traditional and country music, with the odd U2, Thin Lizzy or Westlife thrown in the mix. But recently a wave of new young talent has burst onto the music scene.

We look at the top five Irish acts you must catch this year. Move aside Bono…

The Strypes

The average age of this group is in the mid-teens, but you couldn’t tell from their music, which is a mature blend of 60’s bluesy rock with a bit of Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure. Hailing from Cavan, the boys have steadily established themselves on the Irish music scene and are a fresh sound. They released an EP last year and attracted attention from various record companies who were keen to snap the boys up. They signed with Elton John’s label Rocket Music before signing with Mercury Records. They have fans in high places in the industry; Noel Gallagher recently went to one of their gigs in London. The boys are on course to become one of Ireland’s big groups and their live shows are a treat so make sure you catch them in a venue that’s not the O2.

Mick Flannery

A singer-song writer Flannery has had a modest following over the years. That all changed with his 2012 album Red to Blue, which went to number 1 for 3 weeks in the Irish charts. He is heavily influenced by the forever wacky Tom Waits and the immortal Bob Dylan. The Corkman is a very shy individual who has admitted to getting stage fright at times but if you head along to one of his shows you wouldn’t know it. He has relocated to the grungy city of Berlin but you can catch one of his amazing live sets in Ireland in April. Truly not one to miss.

The Original Rudeboys

The Dublin-based band are a well-established act at this stage. But their live set is a spectacle for any music goer. They burst on the Irish music scene nearly 2 years ago and have gone on to create a number 1 album, play alongside super-group The Script and gone on to win a number of awards. They have toured Europe with Danny O’Donoghue and the boys and have just set off on a UK tour. Their set of catchy tunes will have you singing your heart out. The boys will be playing a number of venues around the country when they return from the UK tour, so don’t miss them.


MMoths (real name Jack Colleran) is a big act on the Irish and UK electronic scene at the moment. He is a 19 year old Newbridge native. He’s opened for the likes of the XX here in Ireland and Aphex Twin in the UK. He released his first EP last year which attracted the attention of SQE Music, a Los Angeles based label. And he’s just released Diaries, a quartet of ambient electronic tracks that will have you hooked. His gig is an atmospheric experience.

Gavin James

If Ed Sheeran in any way grabbed your attention with his falsettos, love songs and general domination of the music industry for a time, you will be equally taken with Gavin James. He has supported acts such as Ryan Sheridan, Marina and the Diamonds and Lianne la Havas, and is looking set to be one of Ireland’s biggest music exports in the coming years. Whether you know any of his songs doesn’t matter; his live show is a joy for any music fan.

By Shuki Byrne

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