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Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60’s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’ – a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.
Their debut EP Madrid, recorded with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), was released in November 2015 and within its first year reached over one million streams on Spotify. 2016’s Tin Man came out as part of Communion’s Singles Club and received continued support from national radio, both at home and abroad. The track was nominated for song of the year by the Choice Music Prize and the band named ‘Best Irish Band’ in 2016 by the readers of the Irish Times.
Since their formation, the band have toured extensively throughout Europe. They made their US debut in March 2016 with multiple showcases at SXSW, and have had notable appearances at numerous festivals including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Longitude, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival and Eurosonic.
2018 has seen the band travel to Sweden for a Stockholm headline as well as perform at Where’s the Music festival. They performed at The National Concert Hall, Dublin and The Barbican as part of the Imagining Ireland series. The band embarked on a tour of the USA in March with a sold out show in Brooklyn, NYC as well as shows in Rockwood Music hall and a second appearance at SXSW. An intimate April show in St John the Baptist church sold out in twelve hours and this summer the band look forward to playing the main stage at Body and Soul ahead of their debut tour of Australia in November.
‘Bewitching, that’s Saint Sister… It’s a striking, at times quite intense piece of work; it unfolds patiently, with a rare sense of grace.’ Clash Magazine
Ciaran Lavery, the award-winning singer-songwriter from Aghagallon, Ireland may be decorated at home by the Northern Ireland Music Prize (for his 2016 album Let Bad In) and might have totted up over 80 million streams on Spotify during his five year solo career, but it’s the unrivalled knack he has for a poetic heart-stopping lyric that’s set to earn him wider recognition as a treasured singer-songwriter.
To Chicago is one of the singles from his forthcoming third album Sweet Decay; a collection of strummed acoustic fragility that’s as comforting as it is at times devastating. Beyond the classic melodies, however, it’s the storytelling that sets him apart, one that can be as brutal as Angel Olsen and as delicate as Neil Young.