Formed 2008.

Irish group fronted by Conor J. O'Brien



Villagers are an Irish indie folk band from Dublin, formed in 2008. The band consists of Conor O'Brien, Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne and Cormac Curran.

The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Becoming a Jackal. Released to critical acclaim, the album was subsequently nominated for both the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. The band's second studio album, {Awayland} was released in 2013, and, like its predecessor, was also nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Villagers have performed at several music festivals and toured with Grizzly Bear, Tracy Chapman, Bell X1, Tindersticks and Elbow.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of {Awayland}

    {Awayland} 2013

    Reviewed by Jude Clarke
    A follow-up marking Villagers out as interesting, literate and imaginative storytellers.
  2. Review of Becoming a Jackal

    Becoming a Jackal 2010

    Reviewed by Rich Hanscomb
    The Dubliner’s solo offering exudes an aura of maturity that belies his tender age.
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