BRIARS

BRIARS are an 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.

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, (Mick 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.

Drums, bass and keys lay the foundation of the sound, sitting underneath 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 distinct vocals, resulting in a refreshing contemporary folk sound, intertwined with traditional elements.

The band’s first three singles received national radio play as well as recognition from music media in Ireland and the UK, resulting in the live unveiling at Liverpool Irish Festival 2020. More recently, the band have been hitting the road, with shows in such esteemed Irish venues as Coughlans (Cork), and The Commercial (Limerick), as well as recorded lots of new material in studio, set for release in late 2023.

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“A promising release………. we are excited to see what the future has in store for BRIARS!”
“BRIARS are a brand new Irish alternative folk act with a sound which transcends traditional notions while still sounding authentically Irish.”
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