This is the first part of a list of a lot of free music from many of the bands due to appear at this weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes 2010 festival. All of these downloads, and many more can be found on my Free Irish Music Downloads page. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.
Autumn Owls – ‘Raindrops in the River’
Free single from the Dublin four-piece who played this year’s SXSW Festival in March. Their debut album is due for release early next year. They play a free gig at Music Maker on Thursday at 13:45, and the Button Factory at 20:30 later that day.
Bantum -Bantum EP
Bantum is a Dublin-based DJ and producer who gives it all in his live shows. This is his five-track EP that he released in April of this year. He plays Sweeneys on Sunday at 22:15.
Biggles Flys Again – Biggles Flys Again EP
Conor Deasy is a Dublin based musician who goes by the name Biggles Flys Again. He’s currently working on a debut album, and this is his self-titled EP. He also has a second free EP, Chocks Away, which can also be downloaded from here. He plays the Twisted Pepper on Saturday at 21:45.
Datadrip – Works EP
An instrumental rock band, Datadrip released their second EP this year, and it can be downloaded for free. They play the Mercantile on Saturday night at 22:30.
Escape Act – Radio 1 Introducing
A three-track live EP recorded on BBC Radio 1′s Rory McConnell Introducing show, the Belfast band released their debut in June and play impressive alternative pop. They play Sweeneys on Thursday at 22:15.
GMC – 12 Track EP
There’s not too many credible Irish hip-hop acts. Cork’s GMC is trying to change that, and the rapper/producer is really carving out a niche for himself. He plays the Grand Social at 20.10 on Sunday.
The Holy Innocents – Lonely Woman EP
Holy Innocents are a six-piece band originally for Belfast, heavily inspired by Bob Dylan and the Band. This is their two-track EP, Lonely Woman and is a perfect taster. They play the Button Factory at 19.30 on Thursday.
Leaflog – Mayday EP
Leaflog are a post-rock band from Kerry. The instrumental four-piece released their first EP, Mayday, just last month, and you can download it here. They play the Grand Social at 20.00 on Saturday, and also a free gig at Music Maker at 13.45 earlier in the day.
Sleep Thieves – It Was Only a Satellite
5 track EP from the three piece who were one of State Magazine‘s ‘Faces of 2010′. The track ‘Osumi’ was #18 on the Readers’ Best Song of 2009 on Nialler9, and it features on this excellent EP from last summer. Playing the Workman’s Club at 22:15 on Thursday.