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The best kept secret in music


"First gig"

Comprising three-fifths of the incomparable Tracer AMC and the twin-songwriting forces of Barry Peak and Niall Harden, Julip take their gigging bow with heady, authoritative ease.
Their introspective, folk-pinned sonic soup would sate the appetite of fans of Tim Kinsella's various guises, such is their languid appeal and the undoubted depth of songwriting at play.
'Foxes' has a slouchy groove that builds a head of steam and boasts some big rock moments, but it's with the closing strum of self-confessed pop song 'Jonny & Jenny' that they really strike gold.
A charismatic debut performance of no small promise and one that should make Julip future favourites in local gigging circles. - Culture NI

"supporting Ted Leo"

Notes are peeling off the walls, falling down upon the heads of the audience like drops of sweat coming off the roof. Julip seem to be stripping sounds out of their instruments, reeling out cascades of notes and harmonies that are greedily scoffed up by the on-lookers. There is a sweetness to their alt.country, almost Wilco-ish sound that will delight any who are fortunate enough to hear them - Alternative Ulster

"acoustic show"

First up was the early Common Grounds show by three-fifths of Julip which was low-key, intimate and really lovely. The bigger band utilises the rhythm section from Tracer AMC but tonight's trio is Barry Peak on acoustic guitar and vocals, Johnny Ashe from Tracer on guitar and Niall Harden on various guitars. If you haven't encountered them yet their sound is centred around the post-Backwater/ Torgas Valley Reds songs of Barry which have a more countrified, downbeat feel to them. This new line-up colours these in with plenty of guitar trickery. It has a slight country folk feel, and a healthy touch of shoegaze style bliss-out, and it is all good! Some great new songs here too (check the myspace) with only the overlooked 'Appalachia' surviving from the past. - Slowthrills


Still working on that hot first release.



When the much-loved Northern Irish pop-rockers Torgas Valley Reds disbanded (two of them went on to form Oppenheimer), singer Barry Peak started playing acoustic shows with his friend Niall.
While recording their first album with Jonny Ashe from legendary Belfast rock-post-rock band Tracer AMC, three of the four members of that band joined up with the duo, and they became Julip.
The five are often joined by Tanya Mellotte (Skibunny, ex- Tunic / Go Commando) on backing vocals, and Rachel Keenan (piano).