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BIMM Institute Dublin’s Up-And-Coming Female Artists 2018

8th March 2018

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For International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of BIMM Institute Dublin’s up-and-coming female artists and female-fronted acts. Sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy!

BIMM Dublin’s Up-And-Coming Female Artists 2018

Maria Kelly

Now in her final year at BIMM Dublin, Maria has been building a strong name for herself on the acoustic folk scene in Dublin and beyond. She began playing guitar at the age of ten, and spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric-alt-folk, drawing inspiration from the story-telling elements of Irish-trad, as well as artists like Regina Spektor and Lisa Hannigan.


Laoise impressed us immensely with her stripped back live performance at last year’s Truck Festival. The electronic pop songstress was recently long-listed for Electronic Artist Of The Year at the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards. We’re certain this recognition was just the tip of the iceberg for bigger things to come.

Erica Cody

Erica recently gave us a glimpse of her songwriting process in our Behind The Track feature for her latest single ‘Good Intentions’. The R’n’B star-in-waiting has been working alongside Grammy nominated multi-platinum producer and recording artist Skrapp (formerly signed to Bystorm/RCA) on her debut EP, which is due for imminent release.


Leila Jane

Leila hails from London via Donegal. Her passion for songwriting first presented itself  after listening to Robert Johnson for the first time. Her music can be both evocative and dreamy and forceful and raw and she has been described as sitting ”somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny”. She writes engaging and honest songs that demand feeling in an authentically bluesy americana way with splashes of soul and rock n roll.

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James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.