Music in 2020

I really came to appreciate music as being the nectar for the soul during lockdown. It also helped that lots of Irish artists picked up the pandemic and ran away with it in terms of fantastic releases and streamed performances. There were so many great streams and the Journal of Music still do a great job at colating everything in their weekly concert planner (which you can subscribe to here).

John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon at Cork Folk Festival

Every few years I'm reminded of John Spillane's great music, from The Dunnes Stores Girl to The Ferry Arms to The Songs We Learned In School. The continued output is a testament to his work ethic. This week, after 37 years of performing at The Cork Folk Festival, John headlined the festival with a concert alongside singer Pauline Scanlon. The gig was streamed and recorded by TG4 and features songs from their upcoming new album 100 Snow White Horses.

Hot Irish Music

Lauren Murphy and  Power compiled a list in The Irish Times of The 50 Best Irish Music Acts Right Now. As with the nature of lists like this, there are a few notably exceptions and even more notable hangers on, but nonetheless, this list is exceptional and really showcases the best that Irish music has to offer! Check out the Spotify playlist based on the list below.


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