The Hard Ground

Cork City, County Cork

The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Davie Ryan and Hugh Dillon. The band’s signature sound relies heavily on the interplay between the two contrasting main vocals which provide the foundation for what is musically brooding and brash, sassy and sentimental, where the gravel meets the glass. Alternating between contrasting styles, sometimes raw, sometimes layered, the group always pack an emotional punch.

In early 2014, The Hard Ground reached their target in a Fund:It campaign to assist with the recording of their second album:


A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.

The album will be released in three stages, a process that began in May 2014. The three EP’s will be released exclusively on digital at first, before culminating in the digital and physical release of the full album on the 10th of April 2015. Triptych: 1 and Triptych: 2 are both currently available online.

The idea behind Triptych is a response to the challenges that the music industry faces right now for both musicians and the listener. The project is aimed at bridging the gap between listener and band, and, likewise, between band and industry. It is a real time project that will be influenced by the band’s experiences over the duration of the year. Ultimately it will give the audience a much more intimate view ofthe creation of the album as a whole, in varying stages of the process.


"Pucker, a song from the final EP, is a beaut; with Marlene Enright’s vocal dominating a track that uses low tempo drums, bass, synthesizers and guitars to supportive and lilting effect." - Nialler9

"Triptych: 2 is the suitably moodier and tonally sharper departure from its predecessor. Containing more defined edges and interwoven bursts of musicianship the E.P is able to exist in isolation as a stellar release in and of itself, while also as an integral part of a much bigger picture. The Hard Ground’s ability to pull off this difficult task without faltering under the weight of the ambitious “three E.P’s into one album concept” is impressive on every level.", Rating: 10/10, The Last Mixed Tape

"The scarcity of tracks did lead us to really focus on each one as an individual entity and knowing that this EP is just the first of a trilogy has left us longing for the next chapter." - Goldenplec, Triptych: 1 review

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Upcoming Gigs

  7 May 2015 20:00 The Odessa Club, Dublin   ALBUM LAUNCH: Dublin    
  8 May 2015 20:00 The Pavilion, 13 Carey's Lane, Cork   ALBUM LAUNCH: Cork