Irish Independent: Irish women of note: Six up-and-coming Irish female musicians you need to know

Irish Independent: Irish women of note: Six up-and-coming Irish female musicians you need to know

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JESS KAVANAGH

The Dubliner, 31, fronts rising Irish band Barq and has been a backing singer for Hozier

Earlier this month, Jess Kavanagh prowled the stage in front of thousands of punters at a big outdoor concert at Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham - and she looked completely in her element. Her band, Barq, were supporting the ever-popular Coronas, and she's winning fans at every turn.

"Live performance is a great way to connect with people and when you're doing support slots, you get the chance to make an impact with people who may not have known your stuff before."

Her half-Nigerian mother gave her a great grounding in both music and feminism - and Jess has been keen to use any profile she has to raise awareness for the Repeal campaign. She appeared topless on the cover of Hot Press last year with the word 'Mine' written across her chest.

Hotpress: Longitude Special: Girls rule! BARQ and RAYE slay Longitude's opening slots

Hotpress: Longitude Special: Girls rule! BARQ and RAYE slay Longitude's opening slots

"Recent Hot Press cover star Jess Kavanagh and BARQ (pictured here at the recent Hot Press covers exhibition launch party) showed exactly why they deserved to open Longitude's gargantuan main stage with a killer set of their self-described aggro-soul. The charismatic Kavanagh's stunning voice drew quite the crowd despite the early time, kicking off singalong before the clock hit three.

A Music Blog, Yea? BITCH FALCON, BARQ, AND AILBHE REDDY @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND – TORONTO

A Music Blog, Yea? BITCH FALCON, BARQ, AND AILBHE REDDY @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND – TORONTO

"BARQ, a band I discovered the last time I took a trip to Ireland, brought the crowd right up to the stage with their “agrosoul” tunes. The lead singer/lyricist Jess Kavanagh is electric. She commands the room and teases her audience. Jess vibes to her music as much as the audience, and it is a rare treat to see her brand of enthusiastic, no-holds-barred performance. The funky arrangements of their three singles, especially “That Thing You Love,” had the crowd totally involved."

District Magazine: BARQ share new visuals for their track ‘Bear’

District Magazine: BARQ share new visuals for their track ‘Bear’

BARQ have had a fantastic debut year in 2016, playing festivals across the country, collaborating with fellow Irish artists and releasing standout singles throughout.

In November BARQ released ‘Bear’ as a free download and launched the single in The Bowery. The Irish group have now released a video for the track.

Goldenplec: Check Out New Video From BARQ – BEAR

Goldenplec: Check Out New Video From BARQ – BEAR

Check out the new video from Plec Picks 2017 act Barq for their latest single Bear. The video for Bear was created by visual artist James Sheridan and acclaimed videographers Crooked Gentlemen.

The imagery contained within the video and the song’s lyrics are inspired by the dreams singer Jess Kav experienced in the wake of her mother’s death. Barq are set to tout the country in support of Bear and will be representing Ireland at Canadian Music Week later this year.