Andrea Cleary

Andrea Cleary is a freelance music and culture writer based in Dublin.

City Songs
Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson's second album 'Smiling Like an Idiot' was released last week on Faction Records. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Are We Taking Enough Risks with Irish Music on TV?
'The Main Stage', a new music show on RTÉ One, ran for six episodes from July until August this summer and featured artists such as Cormac Begley, Denise Chaila, The Scratch and Tolü Makay. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Win for Smaller Offerings
The Body & Soul festival returned on 17–19 June with a reduced capacity and a line-up including CMAT, Róisín Murphy, Pillow Queens and Jon Hopkins. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Intuitive Decisions
Not long after a remarkable second appearance on James Corden's 'Late Late Show' in the US, Pillow Queens have released their new album, 'Leave The Light On'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
The Darkness She Creates
Síobhra Quinlan, performing as sfiiinx, has just released her debut album 'The Magma Chamber' on the Ergodos label. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Reminder of All That is Great
The Other Voices festival celebrated twenty years this year, with a weekend of live music in Dingle just before the latest restrictions. Andrea Cleary reviews.
The Weight That Cultural Spaces Hold
The latest release from Ergodos is a collection of duets recorded by Ross Turner in the off-stage spaces of the National Concert Hall. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Elusive Sounds
Saint Sister recently released their second album 'Where I Should End'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Exciting Scene Let Down by Stagnant Staging
Andrea Cleary reviews 'Extraterrestrial' – an evening of music and spoken word at the National Concert Hall celebrating Black Irish artists.
Voices So Close
In the summer of 2019, David Balfe released his debut album 'For Those I Love' for a brief period before it disappeared from streaming services. After months of hype, it was finally released in March of this year. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A New Sense of Play
Wyvern Lingo's second album 'Awake You Lie' was released last week. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Traumas on the Table
Singer-songwriter Anna B Savage has recently released her debut album 'A Common Turn'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Right Words, Unlikely Places
Dublin rap artist Nealo's debut album 'All the Leaves Are Falling' reflects poetically on suburban monotony, social struggles, travel and time passing. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Choruses that Cry Out for a Crammed Venue
Rap artist JYellowL has just released his debut album '2020 D|Vision', a collection that tears down the semantic barriers between the political and the personal. Andrea Cleary reviews.
After All the Work
Self-reflection – often painful, confusing and difficult – is at the heart of singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy's debut album 'Personal History'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Quiet, Gentle Wonder
Galway singer-songwriter Niamh Regan's debut album is the surprising inaugural release from new label Black Gate Records. Andrea Cleary reviews.
What is Irish Hip Hop Telling Us?
A new documentary on the history of Irish hip hop explores the views of current artists such as Denise Chaila, Costello, Ophelia, Kojaque and Mango X Mathman. Is the genre becoming an agent of change in Ireland? Andrea Cleary reviews.
Ghosts in the Theatre
Lankum's live-streamed show at the Abbey Theatre, titled 'A National Disgrace', presented an eerie image of the arts today – empty theatres and audiences watching from home. Andrea Cleary reviews.
The Punks Next Door
Dublin band Silverbacks have just released their debut album 'Fad'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Sound You Can't Predict
Last week, Denise Chaila gave a compelling performance at the National Gallery as part of the Other Voices Courage series. Andrea Cleary writes about a significant moment for Irish hip hop.
Language of Trauma
Singer-songwriter Hilary Woods recently released 'Birthmarks', a follow up to the acclaimed 'Colt'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Bringing the Absent Party
Dublin four-piece The Scratch blend metal and folk with boisterous performances. Andrea Cleary reviews their debut album, 'Couldn't Give a Rats'.
The More Things Change
Dublin rap artist Lethal Dialect has recently released 'LD50 Part 3', the third release in his LD50 project documenting the split in modern Ireland's social fabric. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air
David Keenan's debut album 'A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery' displays obvious talent, but it is lost in his love for the past, writes Andrea Cleary.
The Waiting Place
Singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances has just released her debut album 'Land of No Junction', a collection of songs rooted in the experience of millennial life. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Sharing With Somebody
Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has recently released her debut album on Faction Records. Andrea Cleary reviews.