Ye Vagabonds are brothers Diarmuid and Brían MacGloinn, originally from Carlow, now living in Dublin. 2017 should see the release of their debut album and we expect great things from them.
So far they have released a mini album, "Rose & Briar", and they are playing all the time, from pub sessions to their own shows to tours supporting Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan. Filmmaker Myles O'Reilly has directed a number of wonderful videos featuring the brothers.
Darlingside hail from Boston, MA and combine Americana and folk with added strings to marvellous effect. They were the hit of last year's Cambridge Folk festival and with the release of their album 'Birds Say' plus, a winter tour of the UK in February (with some dates sold out), 2017 looks to be a great year for this fine band.
The votes are in from the writers at Rock Club Towers and our own combined Top Ten Albums of 2016 are;
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
4= Bon Iver - 22, a Million
4= Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
5= Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
5= Wild Beasts - Boy King
6= Kris Drever - If Wishes were Horses
6= Parquet Courts - Human Performance
7 Bears Den - Red Earthing & Pouring Rain
8= Black Mountain - IV
8= Christine and The Queens - Chaleur Humaine
9. Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
10= Darlingside - Birds Say
10= Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
10= The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
The Dears are sharing 'We Lost Everything' from, new album 'Times Infinity Volume One' (out 3rd February). The record is their first studio album release in six years and will form part of a 2-record project, with Volume Two due for release later in 2017.
The Montréal band will pay their first UK shows since 2011 in February;
UK Live Dates
24 February Cardiff The Globe
25 February Bristol The Fleece
26 February Leeds The Brudenell
28 February London Village Underground