Deborah Sheedy


Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk'—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp. 

Following an early performance on Irish national television, one of their first gigs saw them open the stage for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Their debut EP ‘Madrid’, recorded with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), was released in November 2015. Having received incredible support on Irish radio, the lead single was championed by Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, and went on to be playlisted on BBC Radio 1 and on German national radio, 1Live. 

Since the release, the band have toured extensively throughout Ireland, the UK and Germany. They made their US debut in March with multiple showcases at SXSW, and have had notable performances in Paris and Warsaw. Numerous festival appearances include BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Longitude, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival, and an impressive live TV performance on RTE's Other Voices. 

Following two sold out headline shows in Dublin, Saint Sister play their first headline Irish tour this November, before supporting Mutual Benefit across the UK.

 

 

Stunning
— Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
People to watch in 2016
— The Irish Times
There is certainly a feeling that if Saint Sister’s ember catches a spark, it’s hard to fathom that their sound couldn’t traverse and captivate the globe
— Hot Press Magazine
The thick, eerie electro-folk of Ireland’s Saint Sister, not so much haunted as delicately possessed
— The Guardian
It’s easy to get lost in the minimal, chasmic, but beautifully arranged soundscapes
— Stereogum
Bewitching, that’s Saint Sister [...] It’s a striking, at times quite intense piece of work; it unfolds patiently, with a rare sense of grace
— Clash Magazine
The best new band to emerge from Ireland last year
— Nialler9
Taking a few minutes to dwell on a song like this is one [of] life’s greatest gifts
— The 405