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Folk // Cork, Cork

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.

At their core, BRIARS consists of two main writers, (Mick Grace & Paul O’Shea), which grows to a 6/7 piece in a live setting. Drums, bass and keys lay the foundation of the sound, sitting underneath guitar/bouzouki, taking a step in the direction of the accompanying melody instruments, such as fiddle, accordion and flute/whistle. All of this sits closely beneath distinct vocals, resulting in a fresh contemporary 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. Up next is a headline show in Coughlan's (Cork City) and a new single coming in May.

"We’re loving There There"
- Hot Press

“A great song and a great message….absolutely loved it…..full of emotion…it sparks something in me…”
- You Haven’t Heard This Music Podcast (UK)

“BRIARS are a brand new Irish alternative folk act with a sound which transcends traditional notions while still sounding authentically Irish.”
- Cork Independent