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Various Artists

Under the Island: Experimental Music in Ireland 1960 - 1994

Label: Nyahh Records

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

In process of stocking


After two years of digging, hunting, unearthing archives, digitising and a lot of correspondence, Nyahh Records is very excited to finally be announcing the release of ‘Under the Island: A Compilation of Experimental Music in Ireland 1960 – 1994’. Ireland, a country known mostly in the pop music arena for U2, Thin Lizzy, Stiff Little Fingers et al and of course, the Show Band era of the 60s’ to the present, the country is not known for producing a lot of ‘cutting edge, Avant Garde music. A few very influential bands did get out such as Doctor Strangley Strange (1967 – 1971), Mellow Candle (1965 - 1973), Princess Tinymeat (1984 – 1987) and the Virgin Prunes (1977 – 1991). A strange bunch for sure, and where would we be without them. But, further down underground there were a few artists working away in their bedrooms and non-studio settings experimenting with tapes and handmade instruments. Here for the first time is a collection of these artists and their work. Sounds that had been left in boxes on tape or cassette have now been cleaned up and presented together in a collection spanning over four decades.

Cat. number: Nyahh011
Year: 2023

All artists reserve the rights to their own material
Desmond Leslie appears courtesy of Trunk Records
Mastered by Rian Trench
Design and layout by Rory O’Brien
Nyahh Record would like to give thanks to Dave Clifford, John Byrne, Daniel Figgis,Giordai Ua Laoghaire and all the artists for assisting in the collection of all these tracks.
Special thanks to Chiyoko Szlavnics for the incredible work on digitising Sean Ó hUiginn’s archive. 

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