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The Top 6 Emerging Artists On The Irish Music Scene


From U2 to Snow Patrol, Enya to The Cranberries,  and from The Coronas to The Delorentos, Ireland has produced an abundance of amazing music acts over the years.

A new crop of artists is emerging to take over stages across the country and abroad.

Goss.ie bring you six exciting Irish acts we think are going to hit the big time.

1. Roisin O

With Mary Black for a mother and Coronas frontman Danny O’Reilly for a brother, it’s no wonder Roisin O is one of the most exciting artists on the Irish scene.

The Dublin native released her debut album The Secret Life of Blue in 2012 with the Sunday Times praising her as evoking the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush.”

Most recently she was seen performing alongside Danny and their cousin Aoife Scott for a rendition of Grace for RTE’s Centenary.


2. Walking On Cars

Walking On Cars are a group of five school friends from Dingle, Co. Kerry.

Formed in 2010, they released their debut album Everything This Way in January 2016 where it made the top spot on the Irish charts and landed in the top 30 in the UK.

The fivesome recently performed their hit single Speeding Cars on The Late Late Show alongside the RTE Orchestra kicking off a new stream of fans.


3. Ian O’Doherty

Following the release of his debut EP Never in Colour, Ian O’Doherty has been one of the most exciting artists on the Irish scne.

The Kerry native has received much praise from critics for his alternative/indie style.

Dublinconcerts.ie praised the singer’smusic for its ability to “cross genres but retains (it’s) own unique style.”


4. Saint Sister


An indie pop duo made up of pals Morgan McIntyre and Gemma Doherty.

The pair formed in November 2014 with their music drawing from Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop.

Saint Sister have opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in popular Dublin venue Whelan’s and their debut EP was released in November 2015.



Having been on the scene since 2012, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the fact SOAK is only 19 years old.

The Derry native, real name Bridie Monds-Watson, released her debut album Before We Forget How To Dream in 2015 and received heaps of praise from music critics.

The Northern Irish teen kicked off 2016 with a bang when she picked up the Meteor Choice Music Prize Album of the Year in March.


6. Meltybrains?

Although they’re all classically trained musicians, Meltybrains? sound is anything but.

The Dublin band have been together on and off for the last four years and it’s fair to say their genre of music is difficult to categorise.

The band showcase a different side of themselves with each new song and have supported the likes of Tuneyards in Vicar Street.

One to watch out for.