15 Great Irish Music Bands To Listen To In 2022


Stevie Appleby

After a cooling off period where he didn’t pick up a guitar for about two years, Stevie Appleby (formerly of Little Green Cars) returned to the fray at the end of 2021 with new music (EP, featuring the beautiful songs Mother of Pearl and Rusty) and several live performances (Other Voices, support for Wyvern Lingo). His reappearance was welcome but unexpected and his new songs further cement his skills as a skilled performer of folk/pop. Listen/watch

Stevie Appleby, formerly of Little Green Cars

Carrie Baxter

Born and raised in Waterford but living in London, it took Carrie Baxter a few years to make music her chosen career. After releasing several tracks in 2021, she is targeting 2022 as the breakthrough year. Baxter’s musical style (think svelte Amy Winehouse sipping Southern Comfort) feels tailor-made for radio, with songs such as Pray, Love me Better and Without You (featuring Dublin rapper Nealo) ticking an elegantly decorated box. one after the other. Listen/watchhttps

Carrie Baxter's music seems tailor-made for radio

Carrie Baxter’s music seems tailor-made for radio


Music producer and game developer Bren Sutton has been around for a while, but we suspect he’s a new name to many due to his mostly reclusive, if not anonymous, nature. He began self-releasing a wide range of solo music (EDM, hip-hop, funk, electro-pop) in 2019 and envisions 2022 as a groundbreaking year in his aim to reshape what he has described as “the real Irish”. music”. Listen/watch

Tara Nome Doyle

This Norwegian-Irish singer and songwriter based in Berlin – a huge fan of the Blindboy podcast, FYI – is not an ingenue but because of where she lives she remains under the radar in Ireland, at least in terms of music. Doyle’s 2020 debut album, Alchemy, introduced the “Kate Bush sings Nick Cave” styles to a niche audience, though he took his music to heart. His second album, Værmin, is out January 28, and if his piano, strings, synthesizers and nuanced rhythms don’t get you going, then give up hope you who enter here. Listen/Watch


Presenting a message of positive queer representation through their lively electro-pop music is something that Belfast-based Dyvr (Adam Cleaver) does beautifully and succinctly. There’s sweetness in the vocal delivery as much as there’s iron assertiveness in the music, with three EPs (Pt 3 released in November) skillfully showcasing militant sensibilities. Such a stance is also apparent in Dyvr’s videos, which are object lessons to get the message across. Listen/watch

Belfast-based Dyvr makes lively electro-pop music

Belfast-based Dyvr makes lively electro-pop music


In a neat biographical twist, all five members of Gurriers say they’re from Laura Palmer-Stown, and when you listen to songs like Top of the Bill and Approachable (their only track released to date), you know the mix. weirdness, post-punk, and sprechgesang Dublinese is a perfect fit. They’ve been compared to Fontaines DC but ignore that – the Gurriers are their own band: raw as a butcher cut and just as fresh.Listen/Watch

Lyndsey Lawlor

Dublin singer/songwriter/spoken word artist Lyndsey Lawlor has so much to rant about that one song just isn’t enough. His 2020 EP Sake (as in FFS, not the Japanese drink) was followed in November by the song Bottle & Chain, which takes Lawlor’s lyrical momentum in a different direction and showcases his spoken word skills. Inspired by voices and stories and their combined therapeutic benefits, there’s a lot to be had from this woman’s world. Lawlor’s debut album, Dearest Philistine, is due out January 12. Listen/watch

Lyndsey Lawlor is a Dublin singer/songwriter and spoken word artist

Lyndsey Lawlor is a Dublin singer/songwriter and spoken word artist


First they were there (the first single of 2015, Clémentine), then they weren’t, then they came back. It’s as if M(h)aol’s entry into the firmament of Irish music was a figment of Keyser Söze’s imagination, but listening to their 2021 debut EP, Gender Studies, makes you rethink the sound. guitar groups. While there’s a glorious abandon to the music, there’s also a controlled ambient environment that makes radical socio-political songs like Laundries, Asking for It and the title track ruthlessly butt heads. Listen/watch

M(h)aol's first EP in 2021 is called Gender Studies

M(h)aol’s first EP in 2021 was called Gender Studies

modern love

It used to be said that the best thing to get out of Drogheda was the Dublin road, but that sucks because Modernlove have been the best band in town for decades. When the band won the Firestone Battle of the Bands several years ago, there were strong hints of Maroon 5, but they’ve since settled into their shoes. Recently signed to Akira Records and with a debut album on the way, who can’t say in 2022 that the best thing to do in Dublin might just be the road to Drogheda? Listen/watch


NewDad from Galway say that although their music is aimed at teenagers, parents will come to their gigs and love it even more. It’s a roundabout way of saying how brilliantly multi-generational their music is and how much older people would probably have been fans of their most obvious influences (Pixies, The Cure). That said, their 2021 EP, Waves (produced by Chris Ryan, who also worked with Dundalk’s Just Mustard), brings a dreamy/nightmarish laid-back edge to the music. Expect their 2022 debut album to be a very safe bet. Listen/Watch

NewDad's 2021 EP is called Waves

NewDad’s 2021 EP is called Waves


Ireland is slowly but surely getting there when it comes to generating natural pop songwriters and performers, and Malahide’s Jade Roche is up there with the best of the lot. Looking at Dua Lipa, Robyn and Sigrid (with a sideline in the weirdness of FKA Twigs) and wondering why not, Pastiche brings a nice dynamism to the form. The songs released so far – Chasing Down the Fame, Heaven – merge hard-hitting electro-pop with assured performative control (the latter of which you can thank the Billie Barry Stage School).Listen/Watch

Pastiche fuses hard-hitting electro-pop with confident performative control

Pastiche fuses hard-hitting electro-pop with confident performative control

pretty happy

The long-standing tradition that Cork is fertile ground for something so slightly different continues with Pretty Happy, a post-punk-art trio that, among other crude reference points, distills the essence of Pixies and sprinkles l undiluted psycho-geographic accent of Cork. (especially the indefinable Nun Attax) everywhere. The band’s 2021 four-track EP, Sluggers Bridge (featuring Salami, Sea Sea Sea, Sudocream, Fintan O’Toole), is a great introduction to one of the country’s top new-ish bands.Listen/watch

Saibh Skelly

Teenage singer-songwriter Saibh Skelly has already earned her share: At 15, she started performing on Grafton Street, threading original songs into batches of cover versions and then uploading them to YouTube. When the arrival of Covid-19 prevented street performances, his YouTube channel brought musical peace, love and understanding to his more than 10,000 subscribers (now nearly 55,000), who listened to the Skelly’s naturalistic songs like proverbial ducks to water. Cue a deal with Dublin-based Rubyworks Records (Wyvern Lingo, David Keenan, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and more original material lurks behind the scenes. Listen/watch

Tisdale of the ocean

Co Wicklow singer-songwriter Ocean Tisdall can blame his mother for his commitment to music: One of the house rules was that he could only watch music video TV channels. In 2021, Tisdall self-released her debut single, Broke Up With my Best Friend, which quickly caught the attention of Universal Music. Now signed on this label (with a management contract with the London company Hall or Nothing, which co-manages The Script), Tisdall envisages a very busy year 2022: a new single in February, followed by a first EP whose release is scheduled for May. Listen/watch

Ocean Tisdall: singer-songwriter from Co Wicklow

Ocean Tisdall: singer-songwriter from Co Wicklow

Clara Tracey

From a nascent musical career in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, to working in Paris and then settling in Dublin, Clara Tracey brings a libertarian, feminist and theatrical orientation to her music which turns to the works of Colette and Anais Nin for a type of inspiration and contemporary French (and Francophile) artists like Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the other hand. The result is a genre-bending trip-hop/jazz/song amalgamation that can be heard on his debut album, Black Forest, released via Pizza Pizza Records in early 2022. Listen/watch


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