The Rubberbandits are the award-winning comedy hip-hop duo of Blindboy Boat Club and Mr. Chrome from Limerick, Ireland. Primarily a satirical stage and television act, they have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and USA with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival. The Rubberbandits have won awards for both their music and Comedy. In 2011 the Duo were declared "Best Irish Act" at the entertainment.ie awards, beating competition from such acts as Villagers, Fionn Regan and The Script, and also won an IFTA award for their television work.
The Popes were originally assembled by Shane MacGowan (The Pogues) after he either quit (his version) or was booted (the band's version) from the Pogues. Although they began life as Shane's backing band, Shane's somewhat "erratic" behavior gave them the incentive and the room to branch out on their own a bit. They have released two studio cds, "Holloway Boulevard" and "Outlaw Heaven" both on Snapper records, and a live set coupled with the studio set, also on Snapper Records.
The Cranberries are an alternative rock band from Limerick, Ireland that formed in 1989 and rose to mainstream popularity in the early 1990's. The band consists of Dolores O'Riordan (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Noel Hogan (guitars, vocals, also a member of mono band), Mike Hogan (bass, vocals), and Fergal Lawler (drums, percussion, also a member of The Low Network). The band went on hiatus in 2003 and reunited in the summer of 2009.
Colm Mac Con Iomaire is from known Gaeltacht area of Cúileann na Páirce in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. He plays violin, keyboard and sings vocals with the Irish Rock group The Frames. Mac Con Iomaire has been involved with The Frames since 1990. Mac Con Iomaire has a practical opinion of the industry: "I think we measure success on a day-to-day level," Mac Con Iomaire has said. "All you can do is throw a bunch of seeds out there and see which ones catch on."
The Japanese Popstars are an electro dance act from Derry, Northern Ireland. The group were formed after a number of drunken nights talking about the idea. Finally, after attending a number of big music festivals, such as Oxegen and Glastonbury, they were inspired to create their own music. Each DJ has his own alias. The act were nominated for Best House DJs at the 2006 World Urban Music Awards, Best Live Performance at the 2007 N.
Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian from County Meath. He is probably most famous for playing the misanthropic Bernard Black in the Channel 4 sitcom Black Books. Dylan was born in 1971 in County Meath, Navan, Ireland. He left school at 16 with no qualifications and apparently spent 4 jobless years 'drinking and writing bad poetry'. He once worked as a florist for a week but hated it. He is not very tall.
Dropkick Murphys are a celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States in 1996. First playing together in the basement of a friend's barbershop, the band has made a name for itself for their relentless touring, as well as their annual St. Patrick's Day weekend shows in Boston. The subjects of their songs often deal with the working class environment in which they grew up. The band put out a series of EPs and were signed by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's label Hellcat Records. In 1998, they released their first full length album, Do or Die.
Lisa Hannigan, born February 12th 1981 in Kilcloon, County Meath, Ireland, is a singer-songwriter originally known as the female vocalist from Damien Rice's best selling breakthrough albums O and 9. Lisa also appears on backing vocals on Mic Christopher's album Skylarkin, as well as the soundtrack to "Goldfish Memory". In 2005 Lisa and Damien co-wrote Unplayed Piano which was released to support the Free Aung San Suu Kyi 60th Birthday Campaign.
‘Villagers’ began life as a nameless collection of musical poems, all under the pen of one Conor J. O’Brien. “Ultimately, I’ve learned that a song is not an isolated thing. You have to wash the dishes before you write a song. It should never be taken too seriously. It must be treated with joy and humour, regardless of the subject matter,” muses Conor, as he strokes his hairless chin.
“The aim is to feel the songs out. If I don’t surprise myself, then it is a worthless endeavour. Indeed, I would apply this attitude to all aspects of this project.
The Pogues are a popular Irish folk rock band of the 1980s and 90s. They have a strong following, essentially invented celtic punk and had a large influence on the larger celtic fusion scene as well. The Pogues were founded in King's Cross, a district in north London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone — "pogue mahone" being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse." The band specialized in Irish folk music, often playing with the energy of the punk rock scene from which several of the members had their roots.