Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the creation of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty. The duo met while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and shortly after graduating they started making music together. A few months after forming they opened Whelan’s for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Their debut EP ‘Madrid’, recorded with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), was released in November 2015 and has since reached over 2 million streams on Spotify. The lead single was playlisted on RTE1 (Irish National radio) and was also championed by Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, eventually being playlisted through the BBC introducing system on Radio 1 as well as on German national radio, 1Live.
2016’s ‘Tin Man’ came out on Communion’s Singles Club and received continued support from national radio, both at home and abroad. The track was nominated for song of the year by the Choice Music Prize and the band named “Best Irish Band” in 2016 by the readers of the Irish Times. They performed this single for a televised performance in St James’ Church at Other Voices. The band’s 3rd release, ‘Causing Trouble’ was released in June 2017. The single also fared well at radio and was playlisted across Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Since their formation, the band have toured extensively throughout Europe. They made their US debut in March 2016 with multiple showcases at SXSW and have had notable appearances at numerous festivals including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Longitude, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival and Eurosonic. In 2017 the band supported Lisa Hannigan on a 20 date European tour as well as a headline show at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. That September the band opened for The National in the Cork Opera house.
2018 saw the band release their debut album “Shape of Silence” on October 5th. “Twin Peaks” the first single, premiered on Billboard Magazine and has been since championed by Huw Stephens at BBC radio 1 as well as Double and Triple J. NPR have been a prominent supporter of the band, picking them as one of their highlights of SXSW and featuring their single “Corpses” on “All Songs Considered”.
Second single “You Never Call” featured a powerful video telling the story of a long distance love affair and premiered on Gay Times. This track was remixed by eminent Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow. The band toured extensively to promote their record, including an 11 date North American fall tour, 2 weeks in Australia as well as 30+ dates across Europe and the UK and Ireland. In November they opened for Hozier on 4 of his European date (Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna & Berlin).
In 2019 they were nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year in the Choice music prize/
They return to the USA with Henry Jamison for a month long tour.