Looking at the explosion of new Irish artforms utilising Irish accents, Irish language, samples of Irish music and colloquilisms, along with the renewal of interest in Celtic and pre-Celtic cultures, practices and aesthetics in Ireland and beyond.
Blue Niall is a rapper, music producer, artist and designer based in Dublin.
He released his debut EP Blue Summer in 2019, which was featured by DUMMY Magazine, District Magazine, Nialler9 and Soul Doubt Magazine. He was booked for shows in London’s Moth Club, and in Dublin in the Bernard Shaw, Bello Bar, the Workman’s Club, and other venues – appearing on bills with acts like Gemma Dunleavy, Mango X Mathman and Nuxsense.
Since then, Niall has been been honing his sound and moving towards a style more influenced by the trad music he grew up around, blended with modern trap, grime, hip hop, and club music, and also rapping partially as Gaeilge. He has released radio shows on Dublin Digital Radio and performed live on the Wriggle show on RTÉ Pulse FM.
His new project Oisín is focused on the experience of a returning emigrant to Ireland, and involves a retelling of the legend of Tír na nÓg.
Alongside his music, Niall continues to work on his design practice, recently co-founding Project UnBound, a partnership for systemic change in Ireland.