Shookrah, Yenkee, Junior Brother - Quarter Block Party 2019 - An Spailpín Fánach
An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of 24 year-old Co. Kerry, Ireland native Ronan Kealy. Fusing elements of Irish and English folk with a deeply unique sensibility, Kealy has steadily built a dedicated fanbase in his Â current residence of Dublin, broadening his listenership further with each release.
Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play "The Revenger's Tragedy", a work Kealy studied there.
With the crucial addition of foot tambourine to his musical set-up, Kealy eventually moved to Dublin to briefly study music, before releasing his highly acclaimed second EP "Fuck Off I Love You" in 2016, earning plays and plaudits on 2fm, Radio Nova, Dublin's 98fm among others. He is currently in the middle of recording his debut album, engineered and recorded by Chris Barry (Myles Manley, Ye Vagabonds, Cat Palace).
Yenkee is a six-piece Pop band formed from the lo-fi bedroom recordings of Cork artist Graham Cooney. Inspired by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Rostam Batmanglij and Michael Jackson, they began work on their debut album after dropping out of university. Yenkee combine jangly guitars, funky bass lines and Cher-esque vocals to make sincere and soulful Pop. Their debut album is due out in Spring 2019.
Ireland-based five-piece Shookrah will be sharing their brand new single â€œFlexâ€ÂÂÂÂÂÂ on 30th November via Broken Records. This single release follows on from their track â€œDonâ€™t Wanna Doubt Youâ€ÂÂÂÂÂÂ, shared in May this year, and continues the trajectory of highly successful year of writing and recording for Shookrah. The five-piece has already sparked international interest from a host of tastemaker publications, including Afropunk, CLASH Mag, Wonderland Magazine, JOE.ie, Irish Examiner, GoldenPlec and The Irish Times and have also enjoyed radio play on shows such as BBC Ulsterâ€™s Across The Line. The Irish Times crowned Shookrah, â€œBest Irish Act of 2017â€ÂÂÂÂÂÂ and â€œ50 People to Watch in 2018â€ÂÂÂÂÂÂ while GoldenPlec named them one of their Plec Picks for 2016. The band have also been dominating the live music scene, playing headlining shows at Quarter Block Party, Wigwam and K-Fest as well as supporting music legends Billy Ocean and Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck) on their Irish tours.
Although the members of Shookrah are currently all based in Cork, Ireland, the members come from a variety of different cities and countries, including Cork, Kerry, Dublin and South Africa. The group is made up of Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O'Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait MacCarthaigh (keyboard) and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar), all of whom have grown up with their own personal connection to music and creativity.
Inspired by cutting edge modern R&B-infused musicians such as Anderson.Paak, Janelle Monae, Solange, Princess Nokia, Hiatus Kaiyote, D'Angelo, Shookrahâ€™s sound is reminiscent of Erykah Badu and Thundercat.