Irish Band Of The Week – Saint Sister
This week’s Irish band of the week is soulfully electric sounds of Saint Sister, a Dublin/Derry/Belfast based duo, comprised of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their sound is definitely unique, with the pair drawing upon early Celtic harp traditions, mingling them with 60s folk, and then adding a healthy dose of electronica folk to create what they endearingly call ‘atmosfolk’. Unapologetic in their desire to create alternative sounds the draw upon Irish heritages, the talents of the band have not gone unnoticed; shortly after their television debut, they went on to open for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. From there on, they went to support San Fermin (Downtown records) and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies.
It was in August that the band entered the studio for the first time and took to it like ducks to water, recording their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier) which was released in mid November of 2014. Eager to get on the road and hone their talents, Saint Sister began two tours with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo, before eventually performing at the pinnacle of indie perfection, SXSW in 2016.
Just recently, the band performed at the Little Big Tent and Other Voices at Electric Picnic, a sure sign of brilliance for any up-and-coming Irish acts. Their performance was met with strongly positive responses, it seems only natural that Saint Sister will go from strength to strength in the coming year. Especially considering that the girls’ UK tour is currently underway, before the move on to a handful of European dates later this month.
Their music is the epitome of ethereal sound, patiently unfolding throughout the performance and telling a story. There’s a darkly magnetic quality to their sounds, drawing you in and making you sit up straight. In a world where making a statement is central to everything, Saint Sister demonstrate that sheer talent and musical prowess will always reign supreme.
Check out the wonderful video for their slick track ‘Madrid’ below.
5 November: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
6 November: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
7 November: The Empire, Belfast
9 November: The Loft, Galway
11 November: The Delacroix, Derry