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Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty from Derry and Belfast met in 2014 at Trinity College in Dublin where they quickly became friends and hit upon a unique sound of harp, synths and harmony – a sound dubbed “atmosfolk” that they built on for their 2018 debut album. Indeed, among the group’s best assets is their ability to create an atmosphere in their instrumentals. Saint Sister captures ethereal beauty, chemistry and harmony – their sense of melodic shape and craft in wordplay have a transportive effect. As the album develops so too does the template, with a growth of arrangements into more daring sonic exploration. Saint Sister’s songs are subtle and effective – gentle and devastating – there is power when they sing “all my friends are in Berlin now,” on ‘Twin Peaks’ but it is but one moment of many that demonstrate the alchemy of their musicmaking.

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All most folk duo Saint Sister made their first NY appearance on their US tour at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust as a part of The Spring Revolution Festival. Named “The Best New Band in Ireland” by The Irish Times with praise from Stereogum to BBC Radio 6,

“It’s easy to get lost in the beautifully arranged soundscapes” of Saint Sister, Band Members Gemma Doherty & Morgan MacIntyre Named “the best new band in Ireland,” the electro-folk duo comes to the US for a rare concert after a 2017 year filled with sold-out performances in Europe. Their newest single, Causing Trouble, ruminates on the transition from Belfast to Dublin, and was nominated for “Song of the Year” by Ireland’s annual Choice Music Prize.

Starring Meabh Parr & Emma White

Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the new project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

Following their debut performance on Irish television, they opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. April saw them support San Fermin (Downtown records), and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies. In August, the band entered the studio for the first time to record their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), which is scheduled for release on Trout Records November 13th, 2015. Over the coming months they will commence two Irish tours with Wyvern Lingo and O Emperor. They finish 2015 with their first London showcase with promoter Parallel Lines.

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‘Bewitching, that’s Saint Sister […] It’s a striking, at times quite intense piece of work; it unfolds patiently, with a rare sense of grace’ – Clash

‘Otherworldly’ – The Line of Best Fit

‘Theirs is a strong, resonant, magnetic sound, with a clear folk influence in the wash, but one where the spooky, full-bodied songs they’re digging out also come with a lot of melodic gumption’ – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

‘Amongst the grunge revivalists, hip-hop, and club bangers at HWCH, there are a couple of women who won’t have to turn up the volume to get noticed’ – Una Mullally, The Irish Times

‘Their music is folk, pastoral and dreamy with its pop eyes wide open’ – Nialler9

Saint Sister’s debut single is one that shows a maturity and understanding of their sound way beyond their relatively short existence as a duo. The music is one of patience and imagery that ultimately leaves me wanting to experience the E.P. in full a.s.a.p’ – The Last Mixed Tape

‘The duo of Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre have been garnering a lot of attention throughout their short career and now, with the release of Saint Sister’s debut EP Madrid around the corner, it’s becoming very clear why’ – State Magazine