Rising Irish indie-folk band Kingfishr have today released a new version of their debut single ‘flowers-fire,’ featuring 22 year old musician, songwriter and fellow Irishman, Jamie Duffy. Listen here.
The track opens with a shrill, almost haunting tap of piano keys, replacing the steady picking of acoustic guitar heard in the original version. Eddie (vocals/ guitar) sings in a low burr that builds alongside Jamie’s beautifully melodic piano. As the song increases in tempo we hear banjo strums layered, all combining to create an ending that is typically epic, but with a real vulnerability present.
Speaking on the latest release Eddie (vocals/ guitar) said “This was our first time collaborating with another artist. It was slightly scary for us, something maybe bands aren’t traditionally known for. We loved every second of it.’
The original version of “Flowers Fire” was released last summer and already has over 800,000 streams. It was also one of the tracks recently performed by the band on The Independent’s live music session ‘Music Box.’
Speaking on the original release Eddie said “We’d just put that first song out, and the next day we woke up and it was on New Music Friday, and people were messaging us left right and centre”, and recalls how a member of Hermitage Green, another prominent band out of Limerick, got in touch and invited them to a gig, then on tour playing to over 4,000 people, “and that was our first song.”
Jamie Duffy is a 22 year old musician and songwriter from Ireland. Having grown up in the small border village of Glaslough into a very musical family, Jamie blends traditional, popular and classical influences into his music, to create sounds that are beautiful, evocative and unique. His debut single is a piano piece titled “Solas” which means ‘light’ in Irish, is the biggest streaming debut song from an Irish artist since ‘Take Me To Church’ by Hozier.
Kingfishr have had a busy summer, with shows supporting world-famous rock legend Bruce Springsteen at BST, as well as support slots on George Ezra’s UK/ Ireland tour and Dermot Kennedy’s Limerick shows at Thomond Park. Alongside this were a run of festival dates that included Neighbourhood, Sea Sessions, Lytham Festival, Latitude & The Indie-pendence.
The rest of 2023 is showing no signs of slowing down either as Kingfishr are set to embark on their first headline tour in October. The Prologue Tour will see them play seven sold out dates in Ireland, with one extra being added in December due to phenomenal demand. Alongside this, the band will play their first headline show in London at Camden Assembly, also sold out.
Wednesday 11th – CYPRUS AVENUE, Cork (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 12th – MIKE THE PIES, Listowel (SOLD OUT)
Friday 13th – DOLAN’S WAREHOUSE, Limerick (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 15th – ROISIN DUBH, Galway (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 17th – ULSTER SPORTS CLUB, Belfast (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 18th – WHELAN’S, Dublin (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 24th – CAMDEN ASSEMBLY, London (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 9th – MILK MARKET, Limerick (SOLD OUT)