Music For Dead Birds
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Music For Dead Birds

Music for Dead Birds
Music for Dead Birds performing at the Roisin Dubh, Galway.
Background information
Origin Galway, Ireland
Genres Indie folk, lo fi, indie rock, anti-folk
Instruments voice, guitar, drums
2007 - present
Labels Rusted Rail
Members Jimmy Monaghan, Dónal Walsh
Brianna Monaghan

Music for Dead Birds are an anti-folk band from Galway and County Mayo, Ireland. Its members are Jimmy Monaghan (Vocals, Guitar) and Dónal Walsh (Drums).[1][2]

Debut Album and Criticism

In April, 2009, Music for Dead Birds released their debut album "And then it rained for seven days" on the Irish independent record label Rusted Rail.[3] The album was self produced by the band and was mainly recorded using a 4-track tape deck. General reception of the album from critics was good, Foxy Digitalis commented : " The additional album info describes the recording as taking place in "various sheds, attics & bedrooms in Galway and Mayo." The end result represents clear intentions and highly creative song writing and recording techniques."[4] However, it was also criticised for its lo-fi quality.[5] The album currently has a 1.49 rating on Rate Your Music.[6] The song Four Years From Now went on to feature on the soundtrack of the German Science Fiction movie Centerland, which was released by Jellyfant Records in 2013.[7]

"The Pope's Sister"

In October 2011 the group released a new 10 track album titled "The Pope's Sister". The album was a departure from their usual, acoustic based sound.[8]AU Magazine said : "Over ten short tracks - each one as good as the next - Jimmy Monaghan and co meld Beta Band-esque charm with boldly erratic time signatures and disaffected fuzz."[9]Terrascope also praised the album stating: "By the time you get to "Release the Dogs" you find you are fully immersed in the album, the twisted guitar lines hooking you in with relentless ease."[10] It was listed by Irish radio DJ Dan Hegarty as one of the top 50 Irish albums of 2011.[11]


The group's third album "Vitamins" was released on 17 April 2014, by the band's own Ghost Home Recordings label, as both a digital download and a limited edition CD run of 100 copies.[12] Lead track The Farmer's Corn was broadcast by 2fm in Ireland[13] and 2SER in Australia.[14] A music video was produced for the track Magic Witch which received some media attention for its dark content.[15]


They have given live performances regularly, often as an opening act for artists such as Lite (band), Angus & Julia Stone[16]Woodpigeon (band)[17], And So I Watch You From Afar[18] & Girl Band (Irish band)[19] in Galway & Mayo. They have also appeared at 93 Feet East in London,[20] The Space (Connecticut)[21] & The Living Room in New York.[22]




  • "The Day The Water Ran Out", 2009. CD EP.[24]
  • "Black Tides Falling", 2010. Digital EP.[25]
  • "Your Brand New Life", 2015. CD EP.[26]
  • "Nail & Tooth EP", 2017. Digital EP [27]


  • "English Weed", 2015. Digital single.[28]


  • Ball of Wax Vol. 12 [29]
  • Eardrums Music compilation [30]
  • Ball of Wax Vol. 36 [31]
  • Centerland OST, 2013


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