15 great Irish music numbers to listen to in 2022

Stevie Appleby

After a period of reflection 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, with the wonderful 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 solidify 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, Carrie Baxter spent a few years making music her chosen career. After releasing several tracks in 2021, she is aiming for 2022 as a pivotal year. Baxter’s musical style (think svelte Amy Winehouse sipping Southern Comfort) seems tailor-made for radio, with songs like Pray, Love me Better and Without You (featuring Dublin rapper Nealo) elegantly ticking a box. decorated 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 for many due to his mostly reclusive if not anonymous nature. He began self-publishing a wide range of solo music (EDM, hip-hop, funk, electro-pop) in 2019 and envisions 2022 as an unprecedented year in his goal of reshaping what he has described as “the true Irish music “. Listen / watch

Tara Nome Doyle

This Berlin-based Norwegian-Irish singer and songwriter – a huge fan of the Blindboy podcast, FYI – is no ingenuous but because of where she lives, she stays 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 released on January 28, and if his nuanced piano, strings, synthesizers, and rhythms don’t pull you in, then give up all hope, you who walk in here. Listen / watch


Presenting a message of positive queer performance through their vivid electro-pop music is something Dyvr (Adam Cleaver) from Belfast does beautifully and succinctly. There is sweetness in the vocal performance as much as there is 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 point across. Listen / watch

Belfast-based Dyvr Makes Vivid Electro-Pop Music

Belfast-based Dyvr Makes Vivid Electro-Pop Music


In a neat biographical twist, the 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 material released so far) you know the mix. weirdness, post-punk, and Dublinese sprechgesang is a perfect fit. They’ve been compared to Fountains DC but ignore it – the Gurriers are their own bunch: raw like a butcher’s cup and just as fresh.

Lyndsey Lawlor

Lyndsey Lawlor, singer / songwriter / spoken word artist from Dublin, has so much to complain 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 highlights his speaking skills. Inspired by voices and stories and their combined therapeutic benefits, there is a lot to be learned from this woman’s world. Lawlor’s debut album, Dearest Philistine, is scheduled for release 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

M (h) aol

First they were there (2015 debut single Clementine), then they weren’t, then they came back. It’s as if M (h) aol’s entry into the Irish music firmament was something Keyser Söze imagined, but listening to their 2021 debut EP, Gender Studies, makes you rethink how guitar groups could ring. If there is a glorious abandonment of music, there is also a controlled ambient environment that makes radical socio-political songs such as Laundries, Asking for It and the title song Without Mercy. 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 was once said that the best thing to get out of Drogheda was the drive to Dublin, but sucks because modernlove has been the best band in town for decades. When the group won the Firestone Battle of the Bands several years ago, there were strong allusions to Maroon 5, but they’ve since settled into their skin. Recently signed to Akira Records and with a debut album on the way, who can’t say in 2022 that the best thing to come out of Dublin might just be the road to Drogheda? Listen / watch

New Dad

NewDad from Galway says that while their music is for teenagers, parents will come to their concerts and love it even more. It’s a roundabout way of saying how brilliantly multigenerational their music is, and how much older people would probably have been fans of their more 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 laid-back dreamy / nightmare touch 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 getting there slowly but surely when it comes to generating natural pop songwriters and performers, and Malahide’s Jade Roche is among the best of the bunch. Looking at Dua Lipa, Robyn and Sigrid (with a twist in the weirdness of FKA Twigs) and wondering why ever, Pastiche brings a nice dynamism to the form. The songs released so far – Chasing Down the Fame, Heaven – merge punchy electro-pop with assured performative control (the latter for which you can thank the Billie Barry Stage School).

Pastiche fuses punchy electro-pop with assured performative control

Pastiche fuses punchy electro-pop with assured performative control

Pretty happy

The long-standing tradition of Cork being a breeding ground for something very slightly different continues with Pretty Happy, a post-punk-art trio that – among other crass benchmarks – distills the essence of Pixies and sprinkles Cork’s undiluted psycho-geographic accent. (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 as beautiful an introduction as you can get to one of the best new-ish bands in the country. /look

Saibh Skelly

Teenage singer-songwriter Saibh Skelly has already earned her due: at age 15, she started performing on Grafton Street, slipping original songs into batches of covers, and then uploading them to YouTube. When the arrival of Covid-19 prevented street performances, its YouTube channel offered musical peace, love and understanding to its more than 10,000 subscribers (now nearly 55,000), who embraced the Skelly’s naturalistic songs like the proverbial ducks in the water. Find a deal with Dublin-based Rubyworks Records (Wyvern Lingo, David Keenan, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and more original material lurking behind the scenes. Listen / watch

Tisdall Ocean

Co Wicklow singer-songwriter Ocean Tisdall may blame his mother for his commitment to music: One of the house rules was that he could only watch music videos TV channels. In 2021, Tisdall released his first 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 Hall or Nothing, based in London, which co-manages The Script), Tisdall foresees a very busy year 2022: a new single in February, followed by a first EP whose release is planned. in May. Listen / watch

Ocean Tisdall: Co Wicklow singer-songwriter

Ocean Tisdall: Co Wicklow singer-songwriter

Clara Tracey

From a booming musical career in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, to working in Paris and then settling in Dublin, Clara Tracey brings to her music a libertarian, feminist and theatrical orientation which turns to the works of Colette and Anais. Nin for a kind of inspiration and contemporary French artists (and Francophiles) like Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin for another. The result is a trip-hop / jazz / song genre 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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