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Blue Fish Diamond



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Blue Fish Diamond are a Dublin based folk band who have been described by Hot Press magazine as “a bit of a super-group for those in the know in the capital”. The band was founded in 2016 by Jim Murphy, who in 2014 left a 25 year career in the insurance industry to pursue music full-time.

In 2018, the band released their debut album From Dark to Light and followed this up in 2021 with their second album Frozen Stars on the Night. Their main influences include Tom Petty, R.E.M., The Beatles and Paul Simon.

Blue Fish Diamond’s music has been played on radio stations across Ireland including on national radio and they have also caught the attention of radio presenters in various European countries, the United States and Australia. One of their songs (Salvation Call) was included on a global retail playlist throughout 2019 and for part of 2020.

They have played at many Dublin music venues including Whelans, The Workman’s Club and The Grand Social and at venues in Kilkenny, Wicklow, Cork, Monaghan, Mayo and Cavan. In 2018, they played at Electric Picnic and they have also played at music festivals in Dublin, Cork and Monaghan.

The band members are:

Jim Murphy (lead vocals and rhythm guitar)
Matilda O’Mahony (backing vocals)
Laura Ryder (keys)
Axel McDonald (lead guitar)
Ronan Quinn (bass)
Shay Sweeney (drums)

Press quotes
“a bit of a super-group for those in the know in the capital”
Hot Press Magazine (IE)

“[Sunshine in My Brain] is absolutely stunning, a melancholic anthem with some of the most impressive instrumentation I’ve heard from any unsigned act”
RGM Magazine (UK)

“[Free] is a vibrant ode to nature and freedom through wily guitars, rich harmonies, driving backbeats, and charming visuals”
Atwood Magazine (USA)

“The rollicking new track comes packed with shimmering guitars and silky vocals”
Indie 88 (CA)

“the Dublin based band harness the power and skill of each and every musician to create compelling, emotive music
Listen to Discover (UK)

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Photo credit: Jason Ennis