The Mariannes are an Alt Folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and Country roots. Their songs are known for their troubling lyrics, beautiful melodies and strong instrumentation.
'The Mariannes offer fresh, beautifully crafted and delivered material with a broad appeal, and this EP displays a band that could very well become a household name'. –TradConnect
'too good to remain a secret for much longer' state.ie
'talented, sophisticated, group of musicians' golden plec
'they say the best things come to those who wait' Unsigned&Independent
'one of the most interesting acts on the alt-folk scene' 'Haunting lyrics, breath-taking melodies and stunning vocal harmonies' Ceol Collective
'On the strength of this all-too-brief collection, it is easy to hear why Irish music critics are so taken with the Mariannes. Dark songs of hidden pain with often deceptive and evocative instrumental arrangements combine elements of Irish folk, blues, country and rock to produce an enticing, compelling listen. It’s time for them to venture into the wider world'. Folk Radio UK
They achieved notoriety with the title track off their EP, 'Lost with All Hands', which was selected by a panel of judges including Niall Toner (RTE Radio/Musician) and Finbarr Clancy (The High Kings) as the winning song at the inaugural song contest of the Clancy Brothers Festival in 2014. With their winnings (and a little help from :fund:it), the band recorded their début EP at Cauldron studios.
The Mariannes released the Lost with All Hands EP in April 2015, and launched to a packed Whelan’s main venue with special guests The Rattling Kind. They are currently set to release their single, The Black Diary Waltz, in February of 2016.
'If this release, and this gig, is anything to go by, The Mariannes deserve to be household names' Ceol Collective [live review]
They have appeared on the Ballyshannon Folk Festival and Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival bills. The band is playing around Dublin before the launch and around Ireland following the launch, including some festival appearances.
The band are set to follow up on their success in 2015 with the release of their single The Black Diary Waltz in March of this year.