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.

Press Quotes:

“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

Notable Events:

● Kitt Philippa support slot Upstairs at The Mac, Belfast - May 2019
● Courtney Marie Andrews support slot in The Black Box, Belfast - December 2018
● Rose Water Tour - November 2018
● New Year Tour - January to February 2018


● Nominated for the Oh Yeah Contender Award at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2019
● Finalist at The Belfast Nashville Festival Young Songwriter of the Year Award

Photos by Carrie Davenport and Aaron Cunningham

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