Cork R&B / Soul Band
SHOOKRAH are a 5-piece outfit based in Cork, serving fresh helpings of synth-grooves, interruptive hooks and dystopian romance-themed songs. Their sound sits somewhere between neo-soul and the emerging schools of R&B/Soul that define themselves as ‘Future Soul’. Influences include the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Solange, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak and The Internet. Advancing from accolade to accolade (awarded 'Best Irish Band of 2017' and '50 People to watch in 2018' by The Irish Times), Shookrah are positioning themselves as important pioneers in the blossoming urban music scene in Ireland, following the release of their debut self titled album in October 2019.
Holding true to the predicted successes for 2018, Shookrah kept their foot on the pedal releasing 3 contrasting but groove laid singles leading up to the album’s release date. ‘Don’t Wanna Doubt You’, ‘Flex’ and ‘Notions’ racked up local and UK blog and radio attention, while the group asserted their place as one of Ireland’s top live bands by featuring on 2FM’s Rising and Studio8 sessions alongside album collaborator God Knows (Rusangano Family). These tracks were accompanied by slick self directed and produced videos,‘DWDY’ a tongue in cheek rom-com video with a cheeky reveal, while ‘Flex’ oozed a sultry 90’s R&B-esque vibe accompanied by electrifying choreography and ‘Notions’ concluded 2019 with a stripped back, film noir conversation between two Senitas.
All tracks were recorded with Brendan Fennessy (of O Emperor), the most recent of which was mixed by Michael Heffernan, produced by Emmet O’Riabhaigh and Diarmait Mac Carthaigh and mastered by April Golden. The Cork/Dublin ensemble is made up of Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet Ó Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait Mac Cárthaigh (keys) and Brian Dunlea (bass), all of whom have grown up with their own personal connection to music and creativity.
Shookrah decided to call it a day in early 2020, but remain actively involved in new musical projects.