"Sarah Buckley's debut single is a beautifully rendered acoustic love song that could easily have been penned by Dolores O'Riordan." - Hot Press
"An unusual and beguiling singing voice" - The Thin Air Blog
"A name we think we are going to hear a lot more of" - JOE.ie
"A talent that is almost colossal in its potential." - youBloom Blog
Sarah Buckley began 2019 with a much coveted place in "Whelan's Ones to Watch". Her debut single "You've Got Me" was released on all platforms in February 2019 and the song spent four weeks on RTE Radio 1 Recommends playlist (National Radio) as well as receiving heavy rotation on local stations across the country.
It was selected for Spin FM's "Plan B" Ones to Watch, and featured in Hot Press, GoldenPlec, Pure M, JOE.ie among other music blogs.
In February 2019, Sarah's song 'Magic Powers' was chosen as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Judges in this competition include Tom Waits and The Script. Previous winners include Goyte, Bastille, and Mick Flannery.
In May 2019 Sarah had her first headline show, it sold out a week in advance.
In July 2019, following a competitive evaluation process Sarah was selected to participate in the AtticAscent recording and production residency with producers Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK) and Rocky O’Reilly www.rockyoreilly.com (And So I Watch You From Afar, Gary Lightbody).
Sarah has played an Irish tour over the Spring/Summer with more dates being added for later in the year. Confirmed dates can be seen here.
Sarah first recorded a number of demos in music college. Thanks to these demos she has performed her song 'You've Got Me' on RTE's TwoTube, her song 'Wedding Bells' at RTE's Reflecting on the Rising live event and her song, 'Magic Powers', was included in a shortlist out of 500 applicants on John Murray's RTE radio show. Sarah has also secured a number of slots on side stages of some of Ireland's biggest festivals including Electric Picnic and Vantastival as well as being nominated as Best Newcomer by Pure M magazine.
Sarah has been gigging extensively with support slots for Aine Cahill, Ham Sandwich, Mick Flannery and Cry Monster Cry along with a host of festival appearances including Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Cork Jazz Festival, Sligo Live, Le Cheile Festival, Claremorris Fringe Festival, Achill Battle of the Lakes, Glendalough festival, youBloom, International Pop Overthrow at Liverpool's Cavern Club, and RTE's Reflecting on the Rising.
Radio play includes RTÉ Radio 1, Red FM, 96FM, Classic Hits 4Fm, Phoenix FM, Dundalk FM, WLR FM, Flirt FM, Dublin City FM, LMFM, Shannonside FM, Athlone Community Radio, KCLR 96FM, Near FM 90.3, CRY 104FM, , 8Radio (online), Eirewave (online), Blues and Roots Radio (online), 2XFm (online), EGH Radio (online), Valley 89.5 (Australia), and Tyga FM 98.9 (Australia), Wandsworth Radio (UK).
More Press Quotes
"I had this girl on my radio show, her voice is so unique and beautiful. Sickeningly talented" - Jamie Jay Carr NearFM
"Sarah Buckley has a talent that is almost colossal in its potential.Her style blends intuitive songwriting with a raw, honest, soulful vocal twang that recalls some of the best acousto-folk and country singers of all time." - YouBloom Blog
"There's such a nice blend and marrying of sounds that is rare between vocalist and acoustic guitar in Buckley's music, even this video sounds like an old 45 that has survived the passage of time, all she has to do now is stay true to her inner school and the rest will follow" - Remys Music & Film Blog
"Found this girl on line, very unique sound and I'm delighted she agreed to come out to play for us " - Fennor Lane TV
"Sarah has a lovely genuinely Irish singing style and her Cork lilt adds magic to her songs" - The CO Club