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The Young Folk Ireland
The Young Folk is perhaps as much a philosophy as it is a name. Hardly a strict folk outfit, The Young Folk acknowledge their folky influences while asserting their own youthful personality with a self-composed alt-folk-pop live set that can include acoustic and electric guitars, piano, synths, bass, drums, mandolin, trombone, melodica, xylophone...
The Young Folk add their own generational spin to the legacy of Irish folk-influenced music—a legacy that principal songwriter Anthony Furey knows only too well, being the son and nephew of members of the legendary Fureys. While this influence on the band’s music is evident, younger audiences will also detect a youthful sound much more akin to The Young Folk’s contemporaries.
The Young Folk have spent the last couple of years filling some of Dublin’s favourite venues, as well as tours in the UK, USA and Canada, and performances at SXSW, MIDEM, Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and others. They’ve bagged support slots for Midlake, Imelda May and Clannad, and played The Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Turin Brakes, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen. 2016 has already seen them perform at showcase events including Eurosonic Noorderslag in Holland, and Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, USA.
The door to Europe opened in 2015 with a packed concert at Paradiso, Amsterdam, and the band has since been back for an enthusiastically received national tour. The Young Folk's first album, The Little Battle (2014) helped establish them as leaders of folk-oriented music among the younger generation in Ireland. The second album, First sign of Morning (2016) sees the band embracing new genres and sounds to wide acclaim.