Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme and an Award for Hard Working Class Heroes; Heroes Alumni also win at the Novellos

Music from Ireland continues its successful work in providing showcase opportunities for emerging Irish bands at international industry events.  On Friday 10 June, Irish band Saint Sister (shown above) was announced as one of the bands featuring on the ‘BBC Introducing Stage’ at Glastonbury.

The announcement follows their recent appearances at industry showcase events The Great Escape (Brighton, May 2016) and SXSW (Austin, Texas, March 2016) as part of the Music from Ireland Showcase.  Saint Sister secured an agent following their appearance at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin in October 2015.

Hard Working Class Heroes is delivered by First Music Contact who also manage and deliver the Music from Ireland programme with support from Culture Ireland.

Recently, Hard Working Class Heroes received international recognition for its work at the Yearly Music Convention Awards (YMCAs) at The Great Escape winning the Best City Champion Award. 

Saint Sister’s success is just one of many recent successes by emerging Irish bands who have featured at Hard Working Class Heroes and the Music from Ireland programmes.

Other recent achievements include:

Rusangano Family featured at South by Southwest in March received the following acclaim on the Pitchfork website

Hare Squead (artists at 2015 hard Working Class Heroes) signed to record label Columbia UK, with whom they released their first single which was featured as part of Apple Music’s New Artist section.



At Eurosonic 2016, Soak won the European Border Breaker award, the fifth Irish artist to win the award in six years. The Award is given to acts with the most bookings and radio growth across the European Union from the previous year’s showcase appearance.

The YMCAs coincided with three wins by Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) alumni at The 2016 Ivor Novello Awards

Jamie Lawson (HWCH, 2004) won the Best Song Musically and Lyrically Award for Wasn’t Expecting That, Conor O’Brien (HWCH, 2006 & 2009) won Best Album Award for Darling Arithmetic and Iain Archer (HWCH 2004 & 2006) won (with James Bay) the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award with Hold Back the River. Further information here 


Posted: 13.06.16