Who's who to watch this year
If Lana is the new Adele, who is the new . . .
. . . Villagers?
Our Little Secrets
Rhob Cunningham & co have already racked up a bewildering array of support slots, from the late Gil Scott Heron to Lisa Hannigan. And, much like Villagers' Conor O'Brien, Rhob's infectious indie music has helped him make friends and influence people with ease. Cathy Davey and Lisa Hannigan have lent vocals to OLS's promising debut album, for a start.
. . . Stone Roses?
Cashier No 9
This Northern Irish troupe may be on the same label as Fleet Foxes, but the common ground ends there.
The band enlisted the services of David Holmes for production on their album To The Death Of Fun, and the result is a hard-to-box-in album replete with West Coast harmonies and catchy melodies.
. . . Laura Marling?
Galway newcomer Elaine Mai is a one-girl powerhouse, at once earthy and real, yet approachable. Blending acoustic folk with ultra-modern beats, her music is a dreamy concoction.
. . . Lisa Hannigan?
Originally from Kildare, Dingle-based Inni-K (or Eithne O'Cathain) is breathing new life into trad music, fusing it with modern indie.
Keep an eye out for her on the forthcoming series of RTE's Other Voices: Songs From A Room.
. . . Florence & The Machine?
Niki & The Dove
Already earning comparisons to Bjork and fellow Swedes The Knife and Robin, Niki & The Dove specialise in electronic pop with a dark edge.
At the core of the duo is Malin Dahlstron, who has all the makings of a global superstar and future fashion icon.