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
OriginGalway, Ireland
GenresIndie folk, lo fi, indie rock, anti-folk
Instrumentsvoice, guitar, drums
2007 - present
LabelsRusted Rail
MembersJimmy 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


  1. ^ "Music For Dead Birds to release debut mini-album".
  2. ^ ATL. "BBC - Across the Line: That New Band Smell - Deerstalker".
  3. ^ "Rusted Rail - Music for Dead Birds".
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Music For Dead Birds release new album".
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "© Terrascope Rumbles for March 2012".
  11. ^ Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ " - is for sale (Music For Dead Birds)".
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  15. ^ "Watch: Music for Dead Bird's song, Magic Witch". 6 November 2014.
  16. ^ "St Stephen's Night spectacular at Finbar Hoban presents".
  17. ^ "Shows - Woodpigeon-Songbook - Page 30".
  18. ^ "The Mayo News".
  19. ^ "Girl Band come to Garbo's in Castlebar next Saturday".
  21. ^ "Glint - Ribbons - Half Estatic - Music for Dead Birds". Eventful.
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  23. ^ "music for dead birds - vitamins".
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  26. ^ "Music For Dead Birds to open October Citóg gigs".
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  28. ^ "Watch: Music For Dead Birds - English Weed". 10 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Volume 12 - Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly".
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  31. ^ "Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Music for Dead Birds - "A Better View" - Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly".

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