Video of the Moment #2091: Saint Sister

By on Thursday, 19th May 2016 at 6:00 pm

Header photo by Aodhagán O’Flaherty

Irish neo-folk duo Saint Sister, comprising Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, first came to our attention at TGTF when they brought their highly-specialised brand of “atmosfolk” to SXSW 2016 earlier this year. I had the opportunity to interview Doherty and MacIntyre during our time in Austin, as well as hearing them play at Music From Ireland’s Full Irish Breakfast on the Friday of the festival. A mere two months on from that occasion, the pair have just unveiled a new video for their hypnotic track ‘Madrid’, which epitomises the juxtaposition of traditional folk and contemporary electronic sounds at the heart of their music.

The video, directed by Bob Gallagher, stars Morgan MacIntyre’s sister Orla as its heroine, in a visual story that at first seems to combine the classic fairly tales ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ Orla’s character walks through the scenic Northern Irish countryside, following a trail of red apple cores that match an apple she has recently eaten herself. But in a peculiar and thoroughly modern twist to the story, she is quickly caught up in a harrowing chase, at the end of which she finds herself face-to-face with . . . herself.

‘Madrid’ is the title track on Saint Sister’s debut EP, which was released last November on Trout Records. Saint Sister are scheduled for live appearances at a host of festivals in the UK and Ireland this summer, including The Great Escape 2016. You can find all the details of Saint Sister’s upcoming live dates on their official Web site.


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