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Simon MacHale

Indie // Cork, Cork

That haunting electro folk sound you've been waiting to find. Close vocal harmonies, dark pop and classical modes combined to make a unique sound-world. Think Thom Yorke, Broadcast and Owen Pallett with Steve Reich crossed with something completely all of its own. 'Let Down Those Old Defences' is Simon's debut album

In 2016 MacHale, founded The Electronic Folk - a collective to connect musicians with similar artistic visions, and to provide a performance space for original songwriters who are on the cusp between genres, and looking for a platform. In its first year, the collective ran a monthly night, upstairs in The Long Valley Bar, showcasing a host of local Cork acts. As of May 2018 , its new home is a monthly Thursday night in The Roundy Simon also produces electronic music as


"A fantastic set ... I was quick to pickup his album ‘Let Down Those Old Defences’"
The Merch Perch Blog, 2018

“An intriguing blend of electronics and acoustics, a successful combination of a number of contemporary genres while keeping a folk feel prevalent throughout.”
PureM Magazine, Ireland

“Emotive, yet soulful, electro-folk sound, resulting in a compelling listening experience”
The Last Mixed Tape, Ireland

“A slice of electro folk pop perfection! Wrap your ears around it and let it sink in”
Indie Arena Radio, Ireland

“Complexity is sexy....I find Irish songwriter Simon MacHale very complex”
Zoe Brown, Music Court Blog, USA

“Mixes classical sounds as well as pop and folk, making for an enjoyable chamber pop sound, somewhat reminiscent of Andrew Bird”
Cork Independent, Ireland