In the absence of its yearly music festival, We’ve Only Just Begun have instead launched on online music directory. This key project holds the same objectives as their annual festival – to promote female and non-binary artists in Ireland. The directory currently lists over 600 female and non binary recording artists, musicians, composers and DJs.
The directory is the most comprehensive and up-to-date site for female and non-binary artists who are either Irish or based in Ireland. These include signed and unsigned, plus those attached to current projects and available session musicians. It is an ideal resource for agents, producers, promoters, radio programmers, labels, publishing companies, artists looking for session musicians or new band members, DJs, original bands – the list goes on and on!
Founder and director of We’ve Only Just Begun Festival and Directory Shauna Watson said the following on the launch of the directory:
“The live music industry came to an abrupt halt this year because of Covid-19, our annual We’ve Only Just Begun Festival being one of the many events to be cancelled. While we can’t have a live show, we wanted to develop a project that champions female and non-binary musicians in Ireland, much like our festival does. The Directory was built to promote artists and give bookers, promoters, agents, radio programmers, labels and managers a direct contact with profiled artists for professional opportunities. This year particularly, we’ve really noticed such fantastic support for women in the music industry. We’ve seen this evidenced in line ups like Songs From An Empty Room and in the support industry wide for the Irish Women In Harmony charity single. Nothing makes us happier than to see this change and this backing, from all members of our community – irrespective of gender. We strive to continue to be a part of this move towards a more equal industry, through the promotion and showcasing of the incredible talent Irish artists have to offer.”
Don’t see yourself in the directory? Please apply to join – just fill out the form on the directory website.
The directory was compiled by Shauna Watson with thanks to Vick Bain, Jodie Delany, Stephen D’arcy, Sally Ó Dúnlaing, Grace McManus, Lauren Rusowicz, Rubyworks Records, Fair Plé, Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick, Ciaran O’Brien, Theodora Byrne and Mary Watson.
We’ve Only Just Begun is supported by IMRO and RTÉ 2FM
Support We’ve Only Just Begun along with the wealth of Irish female and non-binary talent by sharing the news of the launch on socials with #WOJBDirectory and #HowYouFindUs.