Spotlight on Irish Bands and Artists

Spotlight on Irish Bands and Artists

From U2's anthemic rock to Enya's ethereal soundscapes, Irish music has long resonated on a global scale. At, we are proud to champion Irish talent, providing a carefully curated selection of vinyl records and merchandise from local luminaries. In operation since 1983, our family-run business is rooted in our Galway origins, and we're committed to celebrating home-grown talent. Let's dive deeper into the influential works of U2, The Frames, The Cranberries, Fontaines DC, Luke Kelly, Rory Gallagher, CMAT, Enya, and Dermot Kennedy.

U2: Global Rock Icons

With their potent combination of passionate vocals, evocative guitar work, and powerhouse rhythms, U2 has redefined rock music since their formation in 1976. Bono's charismatic stage presence and The Edge's innovative guitar techniques have led to era-defining albums like "The Joshua Tree" and "Achtung Baby." Their vinyls encapsulate U2's raw energy and musical evolution, making them an essential part of any music collection.

The Frames: Emotive Alternative Power

The Frames, formed in 1990 and led by Glen Hansard, are known for their deep, poetic lyrics and heart-wrenching melodies. Their album "For The Birds" is an example of their powerful songwriting and emotive performances, featuring songs that range from raw, impassioned rock to fragile acoustic tunes. A Frames vinyl is not just a record; it's an emotional journey.

The Cranberries: Pop-Rock Ambassadors

With their distinctive blend of alternative rock and post-punk, The Cranberries became international icons in the '90s. Dolores O'Riordan's haunting vocals over their ethereal music led to hits like "Zombie" and "Linger." Their best-of vinyl, "Stars: The Best of 1992-2002," encapsulates their greatest works, serving as a beautiful homage to their enduring legacy.

Fontaines DC: Post-Punk Trailblazers

Fontaines DC have breathed new life into the post-punk genre with their hard-hitting social commentary and distinctive Dublin-inflected vocals. Their critically acclaimed debut album "Dogrel" is a triumphant showcase of their raw, gritty sound and unapologetic lyrics, a vinyl that stands as a modern post-punk masterpiece.

Luke Kelly: The Folk Legend

Luke Kelly's powerful voice and passionate performances have made him one of Ireland's most cherished folk icons. His vinyl "The Collection" is a testament to his masterful interpretations of traditional Irish songs, capturing the power, emotion, and nuance that characterised his performances.

Rory Gallagher: The Guitar Hero

Rory Gallagher is celebrated for his virtuosic guitar playing and soulful blues-rock compositions. His self-titled vinyl record stands as a monument to his musicianship, featuring masterfully crafted solos and profound songwriting. Gallagher's records are a staple for any guitar enthusiast and rock music lover.

CMAT: Country-Pop Prodigy

CMAT, or Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, has quickly established herself as one of Ireland's brightest new talents. Her wry, narrative-driven lyrics, coupled with a distinctive country-pop sound, have captured the attention of music lovers and critics alike. Her eagerly awaited debut album is set to be a breakthrough moment for this rising star.

Enya: The Celtic Siren

Enya's enchanting melodies and multilayered vocals have made her one of the world's best-selling artists. Her vinyl "The Very Best of Enya" spans her prolific career, offering listeners an immersive experience into her unique fusion of Celtic, ambient, and pop music.

Dermot Kennedy: Modern Balladeer

Dermot Kennedy's poignant lyrics, soulful voice, and fusion of folk and pop have seen him rapidly rise in the music world. His debut album "Without Fear" on vinyl encapsulates his lyrical prowess and unique sound, serving as a testament to his status as one of Ireland's most promising singer-songwriters.


Ireland's rich musical landscape is as diverse as it is inspiring. We invite you to explore and support local talent. Visit or come by Zhivago Gifts in Galway to discover more from these incredible Irish bands and artists.

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