Elaine Malone is an Irish psychedelic-folk songwriter. Hailing from Limerick, she currently resides in Cork, where she has carved a name for herself as an idiosyncratic songwriter. Known for her haunting voice and poetic lyricism combined with grunge roots and psychedelic leanings. Her debut single ‘You’ was premiered on Nialler9 in February and received international airplay. Her recent appearances include Quarter Block Party, It Takes A Village and support slots for O Emperor, David Keenan and Marlene Enright. Her second single ‘No Blood’ released in March was described as “musically recalling some of Tim Buckley’s airy jazz inclinations, and the gently percussive Weltschmerz of Nick Drake, Elaine Malone‘s new single cranks tension between folk music as a vehicle for aural pleasure and folk music as a vessel for crushingly human storytelling.” – The Thin Air. Her debut EP Land was recorded with fellow artist Sam Clague in a small home studio over the course of a year. Described by Dan Hegarty of 2FM as “quite something – what exactly? Striking, stunning and heartfelt are three words that go some way to encapsulating it.“ Also featuring on the EP are the twin ryhthm-section of ‘Talos’, Josh and Sonny Sampson. Sam Clague also features heavily as a multiinstrumentalist. ‘Land’ deals with heartache, apathy, the tragic death of Ann Lovett and the torture of first falling in love.
Yenkee is a six-piece Pop band formed from the lo-fi bedroom recordings of Cork artist Graham Cooney. Inspired by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Rostam Batmanglij and Rihanna, they began work on their debut album in January 2016. Yenkee combine jangly guitars, funky bass lines and Cher-esque vocals to make sincere and soulful Pop.
Having worked as a potato picker, a Santa Claus, a temp at an ill-fated music store, an obscenely quiet busker, a barman, a sexual health teacher. He has sold vases and scarves at flea markets and played the part of a “moving picture” at a Harry Potter themed wedding. Work which has, in one way or another, encouraged a lot of introspection.
Throughout this time he has been a musician and a DJ, based in the south of Ireland.
Playing guitar and writing songs since the age of fifteen, well worn through years in rock and roll bands he has very recently begun playing solo shows that reflect a folkier and sparser terrain. Backed with an electric guitar, a sense of entitlement and an overly sentimental view of almost everything – his music reflects a part of his record collection that hosts Paul Simon, John Prine and more recent luminaries like Bill Ryder Jones and Angel Olsen.
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