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Playlist: Dermot Kennedy

The Dublin newcomer takes us through his fave songs.

Starting in 2016, Dermot originally began sharing his music through busking. Having honed his craft, he went on to rake up an impressive 25 million streams of his single “After Rain” and sell out venues in 10 minutes.

Releasing his latest EP, “Doves and Ravens”, earlier this year, Dermot’s emotive songwriting and lyrical flow echo fellow acoustic powerhouses Bon Iver and Hozier. With a brooding intensity that sends shivers down your spine, the EP is an exciting glimpse at the power the Irish heartthrob can conjure with his lyrics. Soulful and stunning, the EP is showing off what Dermot can really do.

Set to have a brilliant 2017, we got Dermot to take us through his fave songs at the moment.

Florence and the Machine – “Breath of Life”

I watch the video for this song so often. It was used in Snow White and the Huntsman, and in the video scenes from the movie play alongside a video of Florence performing this song with an orchestra in Abbey Road. It blew me away when I saw it first. To have a song in a movie like that is a dream of mine.

Bon Iver – “Creeks”

This song, from their latest album, proved to me that this guy can be totally moving and powerful in any sound world. And that his passion, talent and honesty will come across regardless, whether he’s just playing an acoustic guitar, or making a song like this. Seeing him play it in Paris was unforgettable.

Foy Vance – “Indiscriminate Act Of Kindness”

The idea of just telling a story from start to finish in a song is one of my favourite things. This is a golden example of that. A truly great song and story, that could really change the way you think.

50 Cent – “Heat”

I first listened to Get Rich or Die Tryin’ on my best mate’s older brother’s Hi-Fi, when we were both 12 years old. It was my first taste of hip hop. I fell in love with that album, and I still listen to this song so much!

The Gloaming – “Allistrum’s March”

A group of 5 very special musicians. I’ve been lucky enough to see them live a few times, and it’s a truly magical experience. I could have picked any song of theirs, but this is a bit of a personal favourite.

Playlist: Dermot Kennedy

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