I Dreamed I Dream

I Dreamed I Dream are a five-piece band from Cork. Their sound has been described as an existential Leeside hellscape, taking in elements of post-punk, dreampop, Sean-Nós and 60s girl groups, to scratch the surface.

“the band have quickly become an exciting live proposition” – Zara Hedderman, The Thin Air

“One of the most exciting bands to have emerged in recent times” – Mike McGrath-Bryan, Irish Examiner

Beginning life as Patty and Selma, a two-piece comprised of current vocalist/drummer Julie Landers and guitarist Elle O’Leary Kelleher, the band were invited to perform at Sligo’s Spilt Milk Festival in 2021, and from there, a live band came together via their circles of friends, expanding to its current five-piece line-up in 2022 with the additions of Claire Aherne (vocalist/bassist), Laura Dineen (guitarist) and Niamh (nee-uv) Hayes (synths).

In the past two years the band has performed across Ireland, at festivals including Dublin’s MusicTown, Cork Midsummer Festival, Limerick’s Féile na Gréine and the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. They have opened for acts including Sultans of Ping, Gina Birch, Sinéad O’Brien, The Frank and Walters and m(h)aol and have also held the crowds in rapt attention at headline shows in Cork Opera House and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Debut single ‘Apparition’, released in September 2023 and available across all streaming services, served as the lead-off for the October 2023 release of debut extended-player ‘Why Say a Lot?’. The EP served up to a wider audience the quintessence of I DREAMED I DREAM- roaring punk, mischievous sean nós and a penchant for dark humour, all rooted in their lived experience of making music as five beours in Cork city. With their second EP due to be released at the end of the year and promoters chomping at the bit to get them booked, 2024 is set to be the most exciting year yet for I DREAMED I DREAM.