Orchid Collective

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Orchid Collective consisting of David O Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Darra Doyle (drums, vocals) have been gigging relentlessly across Ireland, developing their unique sound and quickly making a name for themselves as an unforgettable live act.

Orchid Collective are responsible for creating rousing alternative folk-influenced rock that would resonate with those who are fans of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver. Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.

“The Irish band spread the gospel gig by gig, show by show, a never-ending catalogue of live dates that twists at home and abroad.” – Clash Magazine

”One of the best sets I saw at Hard Working Class Heroes earlier this month was from the Dublin-based four-piece Orchid Collective. Their set in Wigwam showcased a considered, sonorous folk-rock sound from four lads who have been growing into their music.” – Nialler9

”It’s powerful stuff. So powerful that you’d be surprised if this young band weren’t very big indeed in the not-too-distant future — not least because their sound in moments has echoes of Coldplay channelling Crosby Stills & Nash with bells and possibly whistles on.” – Barry Egan (Irish Independent) 

“Lay As Stone” could have quite easily been written by Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes. This Dublin four-piece has opened its recording account at a level that few young acts could possibly match. – Dan Hegarty (RTE/ CBC MUSIC)

”For a band that have only been together for just over a year, Orchid Collective look remarkably comfortable playing in front of a packed-to-capacity room upstairs in Whelan’s. You can tell straight away that it will be an easy hop to the main venue downstairs; what’s more, I can imagine Orchid Collective claiming a place on festival main stages for years to come. That’s how important they can become!”- Hotpress (Review of Lay As Stone Sold Out Single Launch show)

‘’ This is a band with a stage presence well beyond the current status of ‘single launch’ stage. Yes it was my first time to see them live, but it’s that kind of sound audiences are loving right now and who are also happily paying extortionate prices to see bands of a similar genre in a live setting.’’- Dublin Concerts 

”It’s brilliant”- Stephen McAuley on Lay As Stone (BBC)

”It’s a beauty…gorgeous, gorgeous track…really really stunning stuff…I don’t want to say big things are expected of them as it’s their first single but it certainly shows a lot of promise, doesn’t it”- Dan Hegarty on Lay as Stone (RTE 2FM)

”They make something very difficult sound very easy”- Jim Lockhart (Senior producer RTE/ Horslips)

”Sounds like a band at the start of something…a good start” – Dave Fanning (RTE 2FM)

”WOW this is excellent!”- Roddie Cleere on Lay As Stone (Voted 2nd best DJ(after Dave Fanning) by Hotpress readers)

”a similarly rousing effort to previous singles including ‘Figure It Out’.”- The Thin Air

”Melding indie- pop hooks, alternative- folk tinged vocal harmonies and post- rock inflected grandeur, the sound of ‘Lay As Stone’ bodes very well for the groups future.”- The Last Mixed Tape

” It’s always a pleasure to find a gem of new Irish music in the State inbox.”- State.ie

”Lay As Stone is only their second release and it’s firmly established them as an act with massive potential.” – Joe.ie

”If you like The Bombay Bicycle Club then you’ll dig Orchid Collective” – Adrian Phillips (TunAtheDay)