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Cat Dowling & Band


Cat Dowling & Band

Date :

Sunday, 27th October.




Grady's Yard

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Cat Dowling writes beautiful dark pop songs. Her voice has always been lauded as one of the most wonderful and evocative in Irish contemporary music. 


These husky and achingly intimate vocals will draw you in and grip you from the outset. 


Dowling has fronted numerous music projects, the last of which was babelfish which quickly morphed into the more successful electro/dream-pop band, Alphastates.  As the front woman and main songwriter with alphastates, she gained many admirers for her energy on the live stage and for her hushed and raw deliveries. Comparisons to Liz Frazer, Beth Gibbons, Karen O, Amanda Palmer and Kristen Hersh have regularly appeared. 


In 2013, her debut solo album “The Believer” was released to critical acclaim and featured in many ‘Best of 2013’ polls including The Sunday Times and Metro Herald amongst others. 


The Believer (the opening track) featured as a closing track on the groundbreaking second series of Banshee produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty, True Blood). It also appeared on the TV Series “Witches of East End” featuring Julia Ormond. 


“Somebody Else” was featured in the highly received ‘My name is Emily’ alongside Lisa Hannigan, Jake Bugg and James Vincent McMorrow. 


Cat has lent her vocals on many collaborative projects, the most recent of which, was selected for a closing track on ABC’s How to get away with Murder with Emmy-winning actress Viola Davis. 


Following a sell-out headline show at The Irish Arts Centre NYC and a very successful East Coast US Tour in April 2017 Dowling completed her follow-up album which is to be released in March 2020.


Her new album is both simultaneously stark and lush with an innate authenticity and rawness at its heart. The beautiful ambient and eclectic soundscapes shine throughout however its her compelling and arresting vocals that truly and consistently resonate


Her new single ‘Freedom’ is to be released early 2019. 


 "Remarkable-voiced Cat Dowling's solo debut considerably exceeds expectations  and previous endeavors, delivering an impressive collection of slow-burning melancholic indie rock. "

-  Sunday Business Post


"Its her incredible vocals that resonate. When mercurial, she is reminiscent of the gutsy Karen O. When the pace slows, the respectful tone evokes Kristin Hersh. "

-  Sunday Times Essential New Releases


"The strongest collection of her career. She has exceeded expectation with an LP throbbing with anger and ennui."

-  Metro Herald 


"An artist with a lot to say and plenty of bewitching ways to say it. Excellent."  



"The sexiest voice in Irish music in back and The Believer is the best thing she's ever done. "

-  Hot Press


"Truly a talent we can now believe in. "

-  (Mail on Sunday) 4/5


"Excellent "

-  Nialler 9


"The best thing about Cat Dowling is her voice. "

-  Harmless Noise


"The Believer finds Dowling producing a sound that is both beautiful and melancholic. "

-   Journalist


"A treasure trove of wonderfully crafted lyrics, intricate musicianship and heartwarming vocals. "

-  Music and Everything