Killarney, County Kerry
"Irreverent is too small a word to describe Kerry singer Junior Brother. Armed with a battered acoustic guitar and a tambourine, his gaunt and guttural tunes sing with a gallows humour that will chime with anyone who’s been dragged up in Ireland between the triangulation/strangulation points of church, school and da drink... You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think."
Rising Irish Stars of 2018
Alan Corr, RTÉ
"There’s something revitalising in the sharp twang of Junior Brother’s strong accent. His lyrics too embody the old romantic ideal of the Irish storyteller, only with the subject matter hijacked to suit the observations of a writer who suffers no fools pretensions."
- Nialler 9
"One of the best artists in Ireland today. Pure tradition in his tunes. He literally sounds like if you gave a peat bog viagra"
- The Rubberbandits
"When I was listening to him - you know when you're having that thing where you're 'I can't decide if this guy is a genius or if I don't like it'. And then I settled on 'No, this guy's a genius'"
- Eoghan McDermott, 2fm
"He sings in a voice that makes no concession to the conventional approach of knocking off corners to gain acceptance, and he is all the better for it."
- Pat Carty, Hot Press Magazine
"If Nick Drake was born in the Kingdom, and received a lifetime full of Healy Rae harrassment and sanctimonious sour looks, it might sound like this."
- Jinx Lennon
Chosen as one of RTÉ's Rising Irish Stars of 2018, and as one of The Irish Times' Irish music contenders ready to break through in 2019, Junior Brother is an Alternative Folk singer from Co. Kerry, Ireland, playing sometimes humorous, sometimes heady tunes. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, taking musical influence from his upbringing in rural Ireland.
Junior Brother has been steadily building a fanbase in his current HQ of Dublin, and around the country, winning followers with his unique and powerful live shows. He has turned heads and hearts in iconic venues such as Vicar Street (Dublin) , DeBarra's (Cork), The Button Factory (Dublin), The Islington (London), among festival appearances at Other Voices (Dingle), Metropolis Festival (RDS Dublin), Electric Picnic, to name but a few. He has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Seamus Fogarty, Paddy Hanna and David Keenan.
JB has taken his striking live performance style to stations such as RTÉ Radio 1 and Radio Nova, and has seen his songs aired on such broadcasters as BBC6Music, 2fm and Lyric FM, also being featured on Myles O'Reilly and Donal Dineen's groundbreaking music series This Ain't No Disco. He released the first single off his forthcoming debut album in December 2018, "The Back of Her", receiving high acclaim from figures such as the Rubberbandits and Cillian Murphy, the latter playing Junior Brother on his BBC6 Music Radio Show in December.
His debut album, "Pull The Right Rope", is released 24.05.2019.