The Haar

SHOP here for our two album releases – The Haar and Where Old Ghosts Meet.

Contact Katie Whitehouse with all media and booking enquiries.

Matching the fresh talent of traditional Irish singer Molly Donnery with three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the folk and traditional music circuit: Cormac Byrne (Uiscedwr, Seth Lakeman), Adam Summerhayes and Murray Grainger (The Ciderhouse Rebellion, Words of a Fiddler’s Daughter), the band’s music is characterised by ‘live reactive composition’ – an improvised space from which Molly’s pure and unadulterated vocals can emerge.

As ever with The Haar, tracks originate in one creative burst, and are recorded in a single take – spontaneous and never to be repeated in exactly the same way. Their eponymous debut was heralded as “a splendid balance of swirling instrumental magic and beautifully sung narratives” by Folk Radio UK, and Where Old Ghosts Meet promises more magic across eight tracks that grew from a desire to explore old favourites, to dig into traditional Irish gems for new inspiration and insights and intuitively follow the spark of new ideas.

WHERE OLD GHOSTS MEET (the album – out 29 April) 

WILD ROVER (single release  – out 17th March)

Adam Summerhayes – fiddle

Murray Grainger – accordion and vibrandoneon 

Cormac Byrne – bodhrán

Molly Donnery – vocal 

Traditional Irish songs tackling love, poverty and oppression – common subjects that link the peoples of these islands.

This is music that is not afraid to transcend borders. Born of the traditional musics that all members have grown up with and absorbed, it is unapologetic in pushing at the edges in order to create the band’s own unique and compelling sound. 

Anachie Gordon – one that got away from the album – video made in lock down