The line-up for Púca 2021 brought together some of the best of Irish musical talent, with new and innovative artists putting a twist on the traditional classics.
We’ve picked some of our favourite tracks from the artists of the 2021 programme – read on to find out more and check out the Spotify playlist at the bottom.
Jiggy – ‘Silent Place’
Viral sensations Jiggy meld world music and Irish traditional music in a magical blend. Their song ‘Silent Place’ is from the album Translate and propelled them into the public eye when the music video amassed millions of views online.
Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club– ‘True Friends’
Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club are an eclectic and vibrant ensemble, blending circus showmanship with alternative music. Jerry Fish is a renowned showman and one of Ireland’s most surprising and entertaining talents. ‘True Friends’ is from their 2004 hit album Be Yourself.
Aiofe Scott – ‘Grace’
Aoife Scott is an award- winning folk singer and songwriter. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Her track Grace explores the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the listener entranced.
Brian Kennedy – ‘Carrickfergus’
A legendary figure in the Irish music scene, Brian Kennedy is known worldwide for his soulful and musical stylings. His emotive rendition of the Irish ballad Carrickfergus will stay with you.
Lemoncello – ‘Mantlepiece’
Lemoncello are made up of a unique duo of cello and vocals, creating beautiful and balanced harmonies which work together perfectly. ‘Mantlepiece’ is from their debut EP, Stuck Upon the Staircase and showcases their delicate and ethereal playing.
Camille O’Sullivan – ‘True Love Waits’
The first of Jerry Fish’s very special guests, Camille O’Sullivan is an award-winning singer and actress, who brings an immense sense of theatricality and chameleon-like transformation in her vocal performances. She is pared back and subdued on ‘True Love Waits’, which is from her 2012 album Changeling, with melancholic piano accompanied with understated vocals.
Elaine May and MayKay – ‘3AM’
Mary-Kate Geraghty, known as MayKay, joins Jerry Fish on night two of his Trim Castle shows. MayKay is one of the best frontwomen in Irish music, also fronting the band Fight Like Apes, commanding live audiences with her breathtaking stage presence. ‘3AM’ shows off a more electronic side of her music from Elaine May’s 2021 album Home.
Jack L – ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’
Jack L, hailing from County Kildare, is known for smoky pop and his rendition of the Kylie Minogue classic, ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ featured on his 2002 extended release of his album Universe.
We’ll never forget the stunning array of talent at the 2021 Púca festival, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next years will bring, but for now we have a spotify playlist of their performances!