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New Music – Karen Kelly, Kingston, Rivers & Crows

New music from Letterkenny, Kilkenny and Galway

Karen Kelly

Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 09:49


Here are the latest New Music selections from the On The Record column in tomorrow’s edition of The Ticket. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.

Karen Kelly

Young Letterkenny singer with a busy slate of bands and projects to date including The Twine, the Matthew Trainor Experience and providing vocals on dance tracks with John O’Callaghan and Full Tilt. Her own tracks, though, display huge potential with “Back at the Start” and “Let You Go” full of robust, bluesy, folky panache.


Six Kilkenny kids formerly known as Coin now kicking out brassy indie rock jams as Kingston. The sax and trumpet add a real dash to the band’s tunes like “Weird Dreams” and “Keep Yourself”, though there are a few moments (“Flash Golden Watch” especially) when their Alex Turner fixation overshadows things a bit.

Rivers & Crows

Folk duo based in Galway, Emma Lohan and Stephanie Swanton’s sounds comes with beautifully ghostly swirls and elegant, sweet harmonies underneath the bonnet. “Black Atlantic”, from their forthcoming EP, is a great taster for what Rivers & Crows have to offer. Playing Galway’s Crane Bar on February 27.