Slow Moving Clouds

SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are a Dublin-based post-folk band. Their music is an organic mix of the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with baroque strings and post-rock influences.

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 was released digitally through 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! 

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' third album Kolmas is out on May 19th, 2023.

The recording of the album was supported through funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media as administered via the Music Industry Stimulus Package 2020.


Slow Moving Clouds are:

AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals)

ULTAN O'BRIEN (fiddle)

KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals)


Recent Shows
  • 10/06/23 Slow Moving Clouds in Doolin at Doolin Folk Fest
  • 09/06/23 Slow Moving Clouds in Carrick-on-Shannon at The Dock
  • 01/06/23 Slow Moving Clouds in Dublin at Whelan’s
  • 24/06/22 Slow Moving Clouds in Dublin at IMMA


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