Slow Moving Clouds
SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are a band based in Dublin, Ireland. They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.
The band toured the UK and Ireland in autumn 2018 in support of their second album, Starfall, on which their folk roots merge with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work. The album is available digitally on the PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).
Recent highlights for Slow Moving Clouds include performing at the Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (support for Feist) 2019, The UK Tour with Jenny Lewis 2019, The Brighton Festival 2019, PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin 2018; Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National) 2017; the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi); Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala); and at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival.
In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds (with band's original fiddle player Danny Diamond) created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. The Guardian listed the show the second best dance show of 21st century! The show is currently touring internationally.
This work built on their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, which drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming. Os was hailed as 'rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and 'emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).
Slow Moving Clouds are:
AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals)
ULTAN O'BRIEN (fiddle)
KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals)