Joel Harkin

Belfast, County Antrim

Joel Harkin is an independent musician based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has honed his unique brand of alternative ambient folk music by writing the saddest, dreariest, happy music known to man. His song, "Old Churches", was 12th in Chordblossom's top 50 Northern Irish songs of 2018 list and also made it onto The Thin Air's Top 100 Irish Songs of 2018. A graduate of the Queen’s University Music Technology and Sonic Arts programme, Harkin has supported acts such as SOAK, Kitt Philippa, Courtney Marie Andrews, Robyn G. Shiels and The Wood Burning Savages. Harkin has cultivated an intimate performance style that weaves haunting melodies and humour with evocative, honest storytelling. After a busy 2018, consisting of two U.K. and Ireland tours and an EP release, Harkin is now recording his debut album.

“If you’ve witnessed Harkin perform, you’ll have experienced the deep wells of melancholy within his often dark music. ... Harkin explores love, relationships and absence, moving from the quietness of Harkin’s fragile vocals and guitar to heavy hitting peaks and emotive harmonies.” Chordblossom

“The song is about your loved ones going to other parts of the world, it’s about the emotional wrench of being displaced... and I think it’s a great tune.” - Across The Line – BBC Radio Ulster

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Upcoming Gigs

  1 Aug 2019 20:00 The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal   Ghostlight Sessions    
  13 Aug 2019 20:00 Bennigans Bar, John St, Derry   Leisure Theory, Joel Harkin, Radiant Silvergun    
  15 Aug 2019 12:00 Stendhal Festival , Ballymully cottage farm, Limavady.   Stendhal Festival    
  23 Aug 2019 20:00 The American Bar, Belfast   The American Bar    
  7 Sep 2019 12:00 Ottochella, Maghera   Ottochella