Hotly-tipped trio KINGFISHR release new five track EP ‘Shadow’




Friday 8th March 2024: Rising Irish indie-folk band Kingfishr have today released their new EP ‘Shadow’, containing two unreleased tracks Shadow and Coward, as well as previously released singles ‘Leave’, ‘Shot in the Dark’ and ‘flowers-fire (rework).’ Listen here.

The EP opens with focus track ‘Shadow’, setting the pace by casting a stark contrast between uplifting, jangly melodies, and deeply introspective lyricism as lead vocalist Eddie sings “I was terrified of listening to the light, so the darkness came alive”.

Speaking on the track, the band said “Shadow is about the consequences of burying pieces of yourself. There’s an idea that ‘The Shadow’ is everything you suppress about your psyche. Those unseen elements of yourself rule you and you have no idea. The song is an ode to this.”

The second song on the EP ‘Coward’ is a poignant display of vulnerability and remorse. The track opens with soft acoustic guitars, and erupts raucously into a bittersweet chorus: “Call me a coward, running from the dreams inside my head, living with the things I should’ve said, it’s too late…”.

Third track ‘Leave’ was released as a single in January 2024. The track boasts a typically cinematic quality, the gentle picking of acoustic guitar and sharp plucking of the banjo setting the scene. The band’s evocative and poetic lyricism is evident from the start “forever runs away sometimes…” in his distinctive, low burr. The song continues to build, leading to a soaring, epic finale hitting you right in the gut.

Fourth track ‘Shot In The Dark’ quickly became a fan favourite due to the intimate moment and connection between the band and their fans the song and its performance creates. There is a harmonious blend of softly played, jangly acoustic guitar, soothing harmonica tones and emotionally resonant lyrics. It gently builds alongside a rhythmic drumbeat and the steady picking of McGoo’s banjo, as Eddie sings, “If it all falls apart, at least we enjoyed it…” The song is infused with a youthful sense of hope, a theme now synonymous with the band.

The EP closes with a rework of  debut single “flowers-fire” released in summer of 2022. The lyrics are strikingly poetic: “If I could only turn back time/ Take back all those things I said/ In the tempest of a moment/ But oh, my soul has gone and left me/ In the depths he begs for death.” As the banjo strikes up alongside a rousing, thunderous drumbeat, you sense the gravitas that comes with the band’s Irish heritage.

The trio started the year with a festival performance at Eurosonic, then went on to play six sold out headline shows across the UK, with two sold out dates in Ireland still to come in March. Kingfishr have announced that they will be supporting Tom Walker on his upcoming tour, they will join for 14 dates across the UK & Ireland. The band have also been announced as the support act for Snow Patrol’s show at Thomond Park Stadium, in July. That same weekend will see them make their debut appearance at TRNSMT Festival in Scotland, before making their debut at the prestigious Reading & Leeds festivals.

Shadow EP

1. Shadow

2. Coward

3. Leave

4. Shot In The Dark

5. flowers-fire (rework)

March 2024

Thursday 21st – OLYMPIA THEATRE, Dublin (SOLD OUT)

Friday 22nd – OLYMPIA THEATRE, Dublin (SOLD OUT)

April 2024 (Tom Walker Support)

Thursday 18th – THE GREAT HALL, Cardiff

Friday 19th – O2 ACADEMY, Bristol

Saturday 20th – OCTAGON CENTRE, Sheffield

Tuesday 23rd – ULSTER HALL, Belfast

Thursday 25th – O2 ACADEMY, Birmingham

Friday 26th – MANCHESTER ACADEMY, Manchester

Saturday 27th – MANCHESTER ACADEMY, Manchester

Monday 29th – O2 ACADEMY, Leeds

Tuesday 30th – O2 ACADEMY, Glasgow

May 2024 (Tom Walker Support)

Wednesday 1st – O2 ACADEMY, Glasgow

Friday 3rd – CITY HALL, Newcastle

Sunday 5th – UEA LCR, Norwich

Monday 6th – ROCK CITY, Nottingham

Tuesday 7th – EVENTIM APOLLO, London

July 2024

Friday 12th – THOMOND PARK STADIUM, Limerick City (Snow Patrol Support)

Sunday 14th – TRNSMT FESTIVAL, Glasgow,


Friday 23rd – LEEDS Festival, Leeds

Sunday 25th – READING Festival, Reading

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