Mad about the boys: the Hozier effect

Irish male singer-songwriters are taking the international music charts by storm. But what exactly is their appeal, asks Nadine O’Regan

13th October, 2019
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Dermot Kennedy: headed for a British chart-topping album this weekend

Ireland’s music scene is having something of an international moment, and in a very specific sub-genre: music by young Irish male singer-songwriters is increasingly dominating international playlists.

This weekend, the new album from rapidly rising Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy has beaten a path to the number one position in the Irish and British charts. Kennedy’s success follows hot on the heels of a similar triumph from Dublin musician Gavin James, who achieved a...

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