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10 more Irish records you must hear before you die

Ten years since publishing his book of 101 essential albums, Tony Clayton-Lea picks the releases from the past decade that he would include in a sequel

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Limerick rapper and singer Denise Chaila. Photo by Don Moloney

Limerick rapper and singer Denise Chaila. Photo by Don Moloney

Conor O'Brien of Villagers. Photo by Damien Eagers

Conor O'Brien of Villagers. Photo by Damien Eagers

Bell XI's Chop Chop was a radical departure from their previous album

Bell XI's Chop Chop was a radical departure from their previous album

Singer and musician Faye O'Rourke. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Singer and musician Faye O'Rourke. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Pillow Queens. Photo by Faolán Carey

Pillow Queens. Photo by Faolán Carey

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Limerick rapper and singer Denise Chaila. Photo by Don Moloney

The thing with lists is that you’re as much lambasted for what you include as for what you leave out, but I distinctly remember having pangs of guilt for not including certain albums ten years ago this month when I wrote 101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die).

Now for a new dilemma: which releases from the past decade would I include if I were to do it all again today? In chronological order, they are:


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