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The Ticket’s 50 best Irish music acts right now

In this week’s edition of The Ticket, we count down the 50 best Irish music acts right now. The list was compiled from the votes of Ticket writers Tony Clayton-Lea, Lauren Murphy, Sinead Gleeson and myself. Each of us submitted …

Fri, Apr 3, 2009, 07:25

   

In this week’s edition of The Ticket, we count down the 50 best Irish music acts right now.

The list was compiled from the votes of Ticket writers Tony Clayton-Lea, Lauren Murphy, Sinead Gleeson and myself. Each of us submitted our Top 50 lists, the votes were counted (each number 1 was awarded 50 points, number 2 was awarded 49 points and so on) and collated by Ticket editor Conor Goodman and, voila, we had a list which went all the way from 50 to 1.

There were three qualifying conditions. (1) Solo acts had to have been born on the island of Ireland or to hold an Irish passport. (2) In the case of bands, half or more of the members had to have been born on the island of Ireland or to hold an Irish passport. (3) Bands had to have recorded or released music since January 2008, or to have played a gig since January 2008.

While I can’t speak for the others, my Top 50 list was compiled solely on the basis of acts I liked. If I thought what an act was doing was really good, be it on record or live and regardless of how successful or well-known the act were, they made my list. I know this sounds like common sense, but previous experiences with this list lark shows that some people always seem to think there are ulterior motives behind who makes the cut. The reason why I’m saying all this here is that inevitably someone below is going to ask the question so I’m providing the answer in advance.

The real fun began when I started to rate the acts from 1 to 50 – again, it depended on how much I liked one act over another. As simple as that. And no, I have no intention of revealing my Top 50 – it’s a collective decision and this is the only list which counts.

Now, over to you. As we know only too well, On The Record readers are a vocal – and sometimes funny – bunch. What acts did we overlook? What acts should not be in this list? Does this prove that The Ticket has an anti-Enya bias? Let the fuming begin.