Ye Vagabonds

They remind me of my first days at ‘Les Cousins’ in Soho in 1965… Ye Vagabonds are a modern expression of a tradition that is truly robust and important to these islands.” Roy Harper

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, have announced their highly anticipated debut album, due to be released on Friday 13th October 2017.

The announcement came in the form of a teaser video posted online, exhibiting an exciting first time collaboration between filmmaker Myles O’Reilly and artist Conor Campbell, who painted the cover art for the self-titled album.

Ye Vagabonds will release the first single from the album “Song Long Forgotton” on Friday 15th September, before treating an audience to a preview of their new songs live at Coughlan’s, Cork, on Saturday 16th September, as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour.

The official album launch on Friday 13th October, will be celebrated instore at Marrowbone Books in the Coombe, Dublin, at 3pm, and later that evening in the back room of The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin. A homecoming album launch will take place at the Pembroke Club D’Art in Carlow, on Saturday 14th October, with a following tour to be announced.


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Going backwards to go forwards, [Ye Vagabonds] look not to modern day influence to inspire their sound, but prefer to absorb and reflect the most genuine leanings of deep tradition, playing folk music that resonates as pure and honest as it has since time immemorial. In an age where styles have a limited shelf life, and musicians so often live by definition of their sell-by date, Ye Vagabonds make music that honours timeless sincerity with acoustic fireside storytelling that will sound as current a hundred years from now as it has a hundred generations past.” Myles O Reilly (Arbutus Yarns)




Saturday 16th September 2017

Couglan’s Live, Cork :: As part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour 2017

Tickets available here.

Friday 13th October 2017

Official Album Lunchtime Launch at Marrowbone Books, The Coombe, Dublin at 3pm

Official Album Launch evening show at The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin at 8pm


Saturday 14th October 2017

Pembroke Club D’Art Carlow, at 8pm



Single release Song Long Forgotton :: Friday 15th September 2017

Second Single release Half Blind :: Friday 29th September 2017

Full Album release Ye Vagabonds :: Friday 13th October 2017



 Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

In 2014 they came to the attention of Arbutus Yarns’ music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, whose videos gained international attention for the brothers for the first time.

After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.

Their debut EP Rose & Briar was released on October 7th 2015.

Since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). They have also played sold out headline shows in Ireland, Paris, Geneva, and Solothurn, Switzerland.

They have made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland, and were featured in Ep. II of Myles O’Reilly and Donal Dineen’s music programme This Ain’t No Disco in March 2017. They were also part of ‘Imagining Home’, a live broadcast concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland, 2016, curated by Glen Hansard, Philip King and Gary Sheehan.