Saint Sister & Niamh Farrell
Saint Sister's debut EP, Madrid was released in November 2015 and has since reached 2 million streams on Spotify. 2016's Tin Man was nominated for Song of the Year by Choice Music Prize and the band named 'Best Irish Band' by readers of the Irish Times. Niamh Farrell was a member of the JP Trio and Project West. In 2014, she embarked on a world tour with David Gray. She will be joined in this concert by Damien Mullane and Sean O'Meara.
Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty. The duo met while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and shortly after graduating they started making music together. A month after forming they were asked to perform on TG4 and opened Whelan’s for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Their debut EP ‘Madrid’, recorded with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), was released in November 2015 and has since reached 2 million streams on Spotify. The lead single was playlisted on RTE1 and was also championed by Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, eventually being playlisted through the BBC introducing system on Radio 1 as well as on German national radio, 1Live.
2016’s ‘Tin Man’ came out on Communion’s Singles Club and received continued support from national radio, both at home and abroad. The track was nominated for song of the year by the Choice Music Prize and the band named "Best Irish Band" in 2016 by the readers of the Irish Times. They performed this single for a televised performance in St James’ Church at Other Voices. The band’s 3rd release, ‘Causing Trouble’ was released in June 2017. The single also fared well at radio and was playlisted across Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Since their formation, the band have toured extensively throughout Europe. They made their US debut in March 2016 with multiple showcases at SXSW and have had notable appearances at numerous festivals including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Longitude, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival and Eurosonic. In 2017, the band supported Lisa Hannigan on a twenty date European tour as well as a headline show at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. That September the band opened for The National in the Cork Opera House.
2018 has already seen the band tour Sweden, Ireland and the UK. The band returned to the USA for their first headline shows in NYC, selling out National Sawdust in Brooklyn and adding another at Rockwood Music Hall. They returned to SXSW for the second time and were picked by NPR as one of the highlights of the festival. An intimate April show in St John the Baptist church, Dublin sold out in twelve hours and this summer the band look forward to play the main stage of Body and Soul in Ireland. The band will also travel to Russia and Paris for two massive open air concerts ahead of the release of Twin Peaks, the first single off their debut record- “Shape of Silence”. The band tour their new record this year with over forty dates across the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, UK and Europe.