Dublin, County Dublin
Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk'—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.
Early 2015 saw the band open for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, San Fermin and Rhiannon Giddens as well as tour Ireland with Spies, O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo. Their debut EP 'Madrid' was co-produced by Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier) and released on Trout Records in November. That same month the band made their London debut in the Shacklewell Arms and played their first headline (sold out) show upstairs in Whelans.
Reception to Madrid at home and abroad was positive, the lead single Madrid was playlisted on RTE1 and TXFM. It was also championed by Phil Taggart who played it multiple times on his BBC Radio 1 show, and further afield on Australian national radio, ABC.
An impressive live performance on Other Voices aired in January ahead of the bands first European show in the Trianon in Paris alongside O Wonder and Frances.
In March the band travel to Texas to play SXSW, after which they immediately return to the studio to begin work on their sophomore EP. In May the band embark on their first UK tour, with a headline show in London and a slot at The Great Escape, as well as their second ever Dublin headline in The Unitarian Church. This will be followed by slots at Longitude, Indiependence and Body and Soul.
‘Bewitching, that's Saint Sister [...] It's a striking, at times quite intense piece of work; it unfolds patiently, with a rare sense of grace’ - Clash
‘Otherworldly’ - The Line Of Best Fit
‘8 songs we loved this week’ - Entertainment Weekly
'Theirs is a strong, resonant, magnetic sound, with a clear folk influence in the wash, but one where the spooky, full-bodied songs they’re digging out also come with a lot of melodic gumption' - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
'Amongst the grunge revivalists, hip-hop, and club bangers at HWCH, there are a couple of women who won’t have to turn up the volume to get noticed' - Una Mullally, The Irish Times
'Their music is folk, pastoral and dreamy with its pop eyes wide open' - Nialler 9
'Saint Sister’s debut single is one that shows a maturity and understanding of their sound way beyond their relatively short existence as a duo. The music is one of patience and imagery that ultimately leaves me wanting to experience the E.P. in full a.s.a.p.' - The Last Mixed Tape
'The duo of Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre have been garnering a lot of attention throughout their short career and now, with the release of Saint Sister’s debut EP Madrid around the corner, it’s becoming very clear why’ - State Magazine