Hired Hands

Hired Hands


Hired Hands combine all the chime and roll of woodwind and brass soaring over a 4 piece rhythm section meshed with unique , multi-part folk harmonies. The end result is a unique, infectious and completely compelling live show.


Hired Hands are a seven piece band in their early twenties promoting their music on the Dublin gig scene. Many of the Hands come from a classically trained background, having learnt their trade in orchestras and ensembles before turning to folk and rock, guitars and drums in their teenage years. They met while studying psychology and medicine in college and combined under a mutual love of British and American folk. Over time their sound has hardened and compacted so that now it is a unique blend of soaring brass, strings and woodwind over twin electric guitars and a jazz-influenced rhythm section. The band take their cues from a range of influences, absorbing everything from Mississippi John Hurt to Joanna Newsom to Dirty Projectors to John Coltrane. The result is a fresh and original sound quite different from many of the predominant trends on the current music scene, which the Hired Hands practice and record in their local church hall.


'Marie Antoinette' and O Child'; double A-side debut single, released on limited edition 7 inch vinyl on Any Other City Records in June 2009.

Set List

Marie Antoinette
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee
To the Grass
Opposable Thumbs
Berlin Wall
Take me by the Hand
The Quay Wall
O Child

Hired Hands' sets are most often between 45 minutes and an hour.