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Joel Harkin


  1. 1.
    Thought I'd Go Home
  2. 2.
    A Letter to Mark Loughrey
  3. 3.
    Old Churches
  4. 4.
    Charlie & Deirdre
  5. 5.
    Lake Irene
Joel Harkin calls himself an alternative, ambient folk singer. He writes songs about cherry blossoms and old churches, about lost friends and migrations and a fear of dying.
He is a humourist, a poet and philosopher.
He has carried his music over the Irish north-west; from Convoy to Letterkenny and then Derry. Now he is embedded in the Belfast scene. His style is distinct and his songs meander is a strangely personal way. He announced his talent to the city with a song called ‘Charlie and Deirdre’. It dealt with love and separation anxiety and it name-checked his father and his girlfriend.
Joel is not especially coy about his family and his own inner life. On stage, the songs are often prefaced by stories and asides. While this may seem random to a new listener, there is also some purpose. “At all points from when I’m on the stage,” he says, “to when I’m off the stage, there is some point of entertainment happening.”
He’s been influenced by Modest Mouse, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst, Gregory and the Hawk and many others. He is glad that he didn’t follow his father’s advice and become a horse doctor. His ambition is happily unchecked.
"This is the sort of misery that I love" - BBC Radio 1
“The song is about your loved ones going to other parts of the world, it’s about the emotional wrench of being displaced... and I think it’s a great tune.” - Across The Line – BBC Radio Ulster


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