Soundtrack to Ireland's Future – 43 Emerging Acts to Perform as Part of St Patrick's Day Festival

Rap artist Celaviedmai will perform in the Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future series (Photo: St Patrick’s Festival).

Soundtrack to Ireland's Future – 43 Emerging Acts to Perform as Part of St Patrick's Day Festival

Over 30 free concerts taking place on 12–17 March at St Patrick’s Festival TV.

A series of concerts featuring emerging Irish artists will feature in this year’s St Patrick’s Festival, taking place online from 12 to 17 March. The annual multi-disciplinary festival celebrating St Patrick’s Day features a mix of music events, as well as talks, storytelling, comedy, workshops, history, Irish-language events, film, theatre and more. This year, the theme of the festival is ‘Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!’ – a call to the diaspora across the world to embrace brighter days ahead. 

Audiences can tune into the festival online, free of charge, via St Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV), an online TV channel on the festival’s website

Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future
The ‘Sounds’ programme of the festival includes over 30 music events, featuring a line-up of traditional, folk, indie, pop, rock, classical, hip hop, electronic, and contemporary artists. The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future strand within the ‘Sounds’ programme will present a selection of 43 emerging artists from across Ireland over nine concerts, streaming from the stage of Dublin’s Lost Lane and organised by First Music Contact

On 12 March, the first event will take place at 2:35pm and will feature singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Mieke, indie-folk duo Basciville, Dublin singer-songwriter A. Smyth and indie duo Archmotors. Pop artist Shaefri, Zimbabwean/Irish musician Shiv, solo rock artist Skinner, Limerick rapper Strange Boy and soul rock six-piece Toshín will also perform on 12 March, at 4:25pm. CMAT, Celaviedmai, Beauty Sleep, Beyond the Wash and Fears will perform on 13 March at 9pm, while the next day will feature artists including Hazey Haze, Jackie Beverly, Jaxson, Kynsy, Local Boy, Fia Moon, Fynch, Gemma Bradley, INSIDEWAVE and I Have A Tribe

Nealo, Naoise Roo, Modernlove, PowPig, RSAG, Luz, Rachael Lavelle, ReevaH, Run Off Broke and Nnic will also perform as part of the Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future strand on 15 March, as well as Tebi Rex, Varo, Vernon Jane, Wynona Bleach, Dani Larkin, 1000 Beasts, DYVR, Enola Gay and Christian Cohle on 16 March. 

Sessions and concerts
Also a part of the music programme, there will also be a series of traditional music sessions curated by the Cobblestone Pub from 13 to 17 March, presented by TG4’s Doireann Ní Ghlacáin and featuring the Rowsome family, Sárán Mulligan, Muirine Nic Róibín, Jacqui Martin, Claire Martin, Larry Egan, Síomha Mulligan and Mary Beth Taylor among others.

On 13 and 17 March, Pillow Queens, Gemma Dunleavy and Adam Mohamed will perform from the Guinness Storehouse.

At 8pm on St Patrick’s Day, ‘Barróg Lá Fhéile Phádraig’ will take place – a concert of traditional music featuring Lisa O’Neill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Caoimhe Ní Fhlatharta, Séamus and Ronan Ó Flatharta, Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, Cormac Begley, Ronan Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly, Doireann and Siún Glackin, and Mohammad Syfkhan. 

On 12 and 15 March, Pomes Penyeach, an innovative musical event featuring the poetry of James Joyce, will take place. Produced by Matthew Nolan and Adrian Crowley, the event will feature Lisa Hannigan, Seán Mac Erlaine, Kevin Murphy and Cora Venus Lunny

‘The Women of Sheriff Street’ event will see filmmaker and musician Myles O’Reilly – performing as Indistinct Chatter – play an ambient film score live to footage of the Sheriff Street Flats spanning several decades, from the 1950s to when they were demolished in the late 1990s. 

All concerts can be viewed free of charge via St Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV). For more, visit:

Published on 3 March 2021

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