BRIARS are a brand new Irish alternative folk act that sound like nobody else in the Irish scene. Their sound ranges from fragile subtlety, to raucous energy, visiting every stop along the way, always underlined with a signature twist that shows the real personality of the group.
At their core, BRIARS consists of two main writers, (Michael Grace & Paul O’Shea), but are joined in studio (as well as in a live setting) by some of Ireland’s finest musicians, often from contrasting backgrounds and styles. Based in Cork City, (originally from Kilkenny), and having played in quite a few projects, the live lineup boasts such names as Peter Vogelaar (Peter Vogelaar/King Kong Company/Dead Heavys), Hannah Fitzgerald (Emma Langford/Sara Ryan), Nigel Grufferty (John Spillane) and more.
Drums, bass and keys/organ lay the foundation of the sound, sitting underneath an acoustic guitar, sometimes switched out for bouzouki or mandolin, taking a step in the direction of the accompanying melody instruments, such as fiddle, flute and whistle. All of this sits closely beneath up to three part vocal harmony, resulting in a refreshing contemporary sound, intertwined with traditional elements.
BRIARS’ debut single, ‘There There’, and follow up’, Even Keel’ are out now on Unemployable Records. Recorded in Monique Studios, Cork, by Christian Best (Mick Flannery), the energetic debut releases are the sound of a band introducing themselves emphatically.
“We’re loving There There ” – Hot Press
“A promising release………. we are excited to see what the future has in store for BRIARS!” – An Nóta Ard
“A great song and a great message….absolutely loved it…..full of emotion…it sparks something in me…” – You Haven’t Heard This Music Podcast
“BRIARS are a brand new Irish alternative folk act with a sound which transcends traditional notions while still sounding authentically Irish.” – Cork Independent