Irish Acts Playing SXSW:

The annual set of film, interactive media, conferences and music festivals that takes over the city of Austin, Texas during the ides of March will once again be showcasing some of Ireland’s most promising talent.

Irish acts announced for this year’s festival are Rosie Carney, Saint Sister, The Academic, Rusangano Family, Girls Names, Enemies and September Girls. All hoping to prove their worth alongside the other international acts that will be performing throughout the showcase.

Rosie Carney –

A hugely talented young artist with lyrical and musical prowess way beyond her years. She performs and produces songs as beautiful as the Donegal countryside that she is at home in. In the past year Rosie has gained large notoriety in the Irish music industry and beyond, and it is no surprise to me why. 3WfYgKqA

Her performance at the Body and Soul stage at last summers Electric Picnic was exactly what everyone who saw it needed to revitalise themselves on the last day of the festival. Calming, relaxing yet hugely engaging tunes that you can’t help but enjoy.

Better Man –

Rosie has recently released a duo of singles which perfectly represent her huge ability and musical ethos entitled ‘Winter’ and ‘Better Man.’

I wish Rosie every success in Austin. She deserves it all.


Saint Sister –

I am currently studying music in Dublin and I don’t think that in the past 3 months I have went one week without a lecturer, industry head or friend sing the praises of ‘Saint Sister.’ 26011This double act, originally from Belfast/Derry, present interesting and soulful melodies through raw harmonies, modest synth and looped electro-harp.

Madrid –

Seeing as this project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty is just over a year old, it is clear to me that this is exactly what new Irish music should be; honest, exciting and real. Saint Sister aren’t trying to be anything other than what they are.
They are original and create the music they want to create and it works so well.  They are just simply great at what they do.

They will definitely be a great example to the world of what fresh Irish music is.

The Academic –

This 4 piece from Mullingar represent what most young musicians in Ireland dream for; being able to play in a band and be successful with your mates. School friends Craig and Dean and brothers Matt and Stephen have been playing together since they were teenagers, but formally came together as the Academic in 2013.

Different –


At their show in Vicar Street back in September last year, I was impressed by their energy and belief in their songs. They started in 5th gear and didn’t go down till they left the stage. Energetic, tight and melodic, the Academic are a “good-night-out” personified (in a band.) They have something for everyone.

I am sure they will make the crowds of Texas jump to their beat.

Following acts like SOAK and James Vincent McMorrow, I believe that this batch of Irish talent will impress those at SXSW just as much as the Irish women and men that have went before them. I am excited to hear how they all progress.

All the best,



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