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The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Dave Duffy, Davy Ryan and Hugh Dillon. The band’s signature sound relies heavily on the interplay between the two contrasting main vocals which provide the foundation for what is musically brooding and brash, sassy and sentimental, where the gravel meets the glass. Alternating between contrasting styles, sometimes raw, sometimes layered, the five piece always pack an emotional punch.

The band recorded, produced and released their first album, Broken Conversations, in 2012 and have spent most of 2013 touring Ireland and the UK, cultivating a following at home and abroad. In early 2014, The Hard Ground reached their target in a Fund:It campaign to assist with the recording of their second album, Triptych….

A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.

Entitled ‘Triptych”, the album will be released in three stages beginning on May 16th​ 2014. The three EP’s will be released exclusively on digital at first, before culminating in the digital and physical release of the full album in early 2015.

Triptych is a response to the challenges that the music industry faces right now for both musicians and the listener. The project is aimed at bridging the gap between listener and band, and likewise, between band and industry. It is a real time project that will be influenced by the band’s experiences over the duration of the year. Ultimately it will give the audience a much more intimate view of the creation of the album as a whole, in varying stages of the process.

Quotes in relation to their new EP which is called Triptych:1

‘..simply enthralling. 10/10’ –


Quotes in relation to debut album, Broken Conversations….

“An album that captures and keeps the listeners attention from start to finish, a really quality debut worth seeking out” – Beat Surrender

“Very original and full of atmosphere…the album sounds great, with excellent arrangements including a variety of guest instruments that add colour to the core sound” – Irish Examiner

“An album that is an album, clear an hour in your schedule, settle back and take an intimate journey” –

“…Classy Stuff and worth tracking down.” – Jackie Hayden, Hot Press


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