Joel Harkin is a singer of songs and a spinner of yarns from Donegal. His 2020 album Never Happy was shortlisted for the NI Music Prize, which is more than Van Morrison can say, a win in and of itself. Joel Harkin lies awake at night, terrified at the prospect of the looming abyss. He channels these fears into his haunting songs. But don’t let that put you off. He is known for the contrast between his music and the whimsical, surrealist and very funny chatting he does as he tunes his guitar.
He is an artist best experienced in the room.
He has played all around Ireland, Britain and a little village called Pussy in the French Alps. He has supported artists like Courtney Marie Andrews, Joshua Burnside, duke Special, Kitt Philippa, Grace Petrie, Junior Brother and Dani Larkin to name a few. He hopes you think he is good craic and he wants to get on with you. He is everyone's best mate.
"This is the sort of misery that I love" - BBC Radio 1
" A fast rising Belfast songwriter" - BBC Radio 6 Music
"An uncommon joy." - Dig With It Magazine