Jack Savoretti / Saturday 10th October / The Academy
Italian English poet-turned-singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti made a big name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic early in his career, touring Europe with Corinne Bailey Rae and having his music featured on One Tree Hill. In his most recent LP Written In Scars, Savoretti acknowledges the influence of the 60s/70s Italian pop loved by his father. The key ingredients are warm, husky vocals and mellow acoustic guitar: think Damien Rice, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Ben Howard.
Johnny Marr / Sunday 18th October / Olympia Theatre
Guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths and recipient of the NME Godlike Genius Award in 2013, Jonny Marr has sustained unspeakable levels of achievement throughout a glittering, decades-long career. As a key member of one of the most influential indie bands in history, Marr has been voted one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. His post-Morrissey solo career has been highly successful. Marr receives outstanding reviews for the energy and musicianship in his live shows. This Dublin performance comes nine days after the release of live album Adrenalin Baby.
The Tallest Man On Earth / Wednesday 21st October / Vicar Street
Often compared to Bob Dylan, Kristian Mattson’s delicate acoustic guitar and raspy vocals may remind listeners of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. The Swedish singer-songwriter has remained true to himself as an artist from the outset, turning down record deals until he was approached by a label who allowed him creative independence. Four LPs later, this perseverance continues to pay off, and Mattson’s latest release Dark Bird Is Home is his most ambitious yet. Known for charismatic live performances, The Tallest Man On Earth has sold out Vicar Street and headlined the Iveagh Gardens in previous Irish appearances.
Beach House / Sunday 25th October / Vicar Street
Since the band’s formation in 2004, Beach House have been met with consistently positive reviews with respect to their material and live performances. The Baltimore dream pop duo is lucky enough to count Beyoncé and Jay-Z among its fan base — the couple have been spotted at previous shows. If this isn’t enough to demonstrate their calibre as a live act, an examination of their festival performance track record should suffice: SXSW, Coachella, Glastonbury and Pitchfork, to name but a few. Depression Cherry, their fifth LP, was released in August 2015 and has been extremely well received by critics and fans alike.
Lower Dens / Monday 26th October / The Button Factory
The second Baltimore band to grace this list, Lower Dens began churning out indie sounds when singer/songwriter Jana Hunter grew weary of performing solo, and decided to start a band. The resulting sound dips into an eclectic array of styles, spanning from dreamy psychedelia to folk, fuelled by Hunter’s glimmering alto vocals, introspective lyrics and synths which grow more present with each record. Released this spring, third Lower Dens album Escape From Evil has been flagged by most as the band’s best output yet.