Jealous of the Birds is the project of hotly tipped Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Hamilton. Her debut album Parma Violets, released in May, matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from stripped-down acoustic guitar to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion. Describing her music she has said; “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.”
“A debut full of intrigue and promise.” Uncut
“The album progresses from whimsical folk-pop to atmospheric indie post-punk of real substance.” Irish Times 4*s
ROE is 19-year-old grumpy multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.
Releasing independently through hometown label Fictive Kin Records, and with support from Help Musicians NI, ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, been the voice of a UK wide advertising campaign to promote her hometown of Derry and most recently had her music used as part of a TV and radio campaign for BBC Music NI, ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’, Channel 4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’.
In March of 2017 ROE was announced as one of the picks for Help Musicians UKs new Northern Ireland scheme: “3:3, three bands in three years”. The scheme will see a funded programme of development and support for ROE and her team over the next few years to help build and maintain a sustainable career in the industry.
With performances at The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, M for Montreal, Other Voices, Live at Leeds, Eurosonic and Primavera, as well as a debut UK tour already under her belt, ROE has been moving from strength to strength with increasing momentum. Selected as one of 21 acts from around the UK (the only Northern Irish artist) to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2017, and with two nominations for the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize (Best Single and Best Emerging Artist), ROE is carving out her own path, on her terms.
After hitting 13 festivals in 12 counties in Ireland this summer, including Body & Soul, Indiependence and Electric Picnic, you can catch ROE at M For Montreal in Canada, NH7 Weekender in Mumbai, and on tour with Snow Patrol on their UK arena tour in December and January.
blxxd is the alias of up-and-coming producer, Syeva Bondarenko. blxxd blends a range of genres from post-rock and indie to lo-fi hip hop and dance, complemented on stage with live drums, guitar, bass and synths
Gemma Bradley embraces her favourite aspects of Pop music and meshes them with the finest, hand-picked sounds from R&B and Soul music. Taking inspiration from her mother’s record collection, including the iconic vocal prowess of Amy Winehouse, the distinguished rhythms of Bob Marley and the avant-garde creativity of Izzy Bizu, Gemma has created her own distinctive style of sweet and delicious authentic, Contemporary R&B Pop music.
Gemma’s music is emotional, passionate and beautifully written suffusing a mature and intelligent song-writing craftmanship with catchy ear-worms and melodic hooks that reverberate and echo in your sub-conscious, all under-pinned with a mesmerising voice with enough hidden power to halt a high-speed train.
Gemma’s debut single Berserk has earned her the title of winner of the 2018 Christie Hennessy Song Contest. Gemma has wasted no time in adding to her impressive repertoire to delight her eager and ever-expanding following by recently announcing the release of her catchy new single Hollow Heartbeat.
Her distinctive sound has piqued the interest of a number of radio DJs as far away as WPPM in Philadelphia as well as earning her several slots on BBC Introducing and RTE shows.