Dundalk, County Louth
Like a phoenix formed from the ashes of 2015, Orwells ’84 are a unique musical outfit based in Dundalk. With a huge variety of musical influences ranging from David Bowie, Guy Garvey and Nick Cave to the Libertines, the Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin, the band have created a unique indie folk sound that has caught and held attention at every turn. Since their formation, they have shown a confidence in both the style and deliverance of their music, both live and while recording.
Their latest single ‘Cailín,’ which is the first recording with the current incarnation of the band, was released on the 26th January to rave reviews. The video was premiered by Nialler9 on 30th April 2019. The band have also recently finished recording their first EP in Sun Studios in Dublin and plan to release it on vinyl in the coming months.
The band have already performed in several notable venues in the North East and have currently set their sights on the festival stages. They have high ambitions to move swiftly through the Irish music scene in the coming years.
Orwells ’84 was originally Damien, who was joined by John (bass guitar) and Seán (lead guitar/bouzouki/backing vocals) in late 2016. The following year brought about the addition of strings and more vocals in the form of Ella (cello/harmonium/backing vocals) and Zoë (violin/backing vocals). 2018 brought about Pauric (drums) and the current Orwells lineup was complete. With such a large band, one might assume that there is simply a wall of sound. This isn’t the case, however. The band have spent countless hours crafting a unique and identifiable sound in both their songwriting and musicianship.