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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.

On Starfall, band's second album, their folk roots merged 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).

In 2019 Slow Moving Clouds toured in the UK with Jenny Lewis and opened for Feist at the Sounds From a Safe Harbour in Cork.

Other recent highlights include performing at  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 GloamingOs 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)


  • 01/01/20 Slow Moving Clouds in Dublin at Bello Bar Buy Tickets
  • 23/01/20 - 26/01/20 Slow Moving Clouds in New Orleans, Louisiana at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Buy Tickets
Recent Shows
  • 01/12/19 Slow Moving Clouds and Andy & Friends in Berlin at Michelberger Hotel
  • 20/11/19 - 21/11/19 Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Music by Slow Moving Clouds) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at Memorial Hall, UNC Campus
  • 15/11/19 - 16/11/19 Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Music by Slow Moving Clouds) in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Power Center
  • 09/11/19 Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Music by Slow Moving Clouds) in Los Angeles at Royce Hall, UCLA


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