Driven Snow: Music with a big heart and a common soul

Driven Snow

DRIVEN Snow’s recent releases have brought them a steadily increasing level of coverage including a feature in Sunday Times Magazine and airplay throughout Ireland (including national radio playlists on RTE and BBC NI) as well as plays across the UK and as far afield as USA, Canada, France and Spain. You will know Kieran and Emily from Delorentos and Republic of Loose respectively.
The duo play Dolans on Saturday January 21.Tired of forever being sounding boards for each other’s songs, Kieran and Emily have been working away quietly on a collaborative musical venture for a few years.
For this project Kieran and Emily have a simple aim: that Driven Snow will make music that they would listen to – music that means something.
Little by little Driven Snow began to emerge in the shape of a collection of songs that are at odds with, yet informed by, the duo’s collective musical outings (Kieran as a lynch pin of Delorentos and Emily as a vocalist with Republic of Loose and Stars On Fire).
The pair decamped (with children, grandparents and all) to Donegal, taking their musical sketches up to Tommy McLaughlin’s Attica Studios (Villagers, S.O.A.K., Pillow Queens) and encouraging them to grow into simple, gentle tunes with a big heart and a common soul.
At the beginning of 2022 Driven Snow was ready to take a step into the real world…
Their opening salvo offered a tantalising hint of the yearning curiosity in their song writing via a mix of classic harmonies housed in uncluttered acoustic and electronic sounds. Influences include Neil Young, Beach House, Cat Power, Scandinavian TV shows and fireside beers.
The realities of life as a musician in modern Ireland have never been more beautifully articulated.
Their third and final release of 2022 was ‘Flickers Of You’ (FIFA Records / Driven Snow Music).
Flickers Of You is a musical exploration of the quieter parts of a long-term relationship. Emerging from a songwriting exercise (with reference to the Periodic Table) that Kieran had immersed himself in, the tune only really started to come together when Emily walked into the room, added the vocal chorus and left again… one of those random moments of magic that all of the best songs rely on.