Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Art-Pop

Location: Northern Ireland

Website: www.ex-isles.eu

Occupying the cleft between David Sylvian, John Grant, and late-era Bowie, Ex-Isles released their debut album of avant-pop, Luxury Mass, to critical acclaim across Ireland and the UK in September 2018. Emerging as a collaboration between experimental composer James Joys and singer songwriter Pete Devlin, and later recruiting Gerard Skelly on drums for their stunning live shows, the three piece have earned a name for themselves as purveyors of beautiful, intelligent, complex, slyly witty music. Their closeness as a musical trio brings a unique intensity to their live shows that augments the artistry and craft of their cinematic, self-produced productions. 
James Joys and Pete Devlin collaborated on the James Joys album A Constellation Of Bargained Parts, for choir, soloist, and electronics, commissioned by Moving On Music, and released on the 1st March 2019. They have also just completed writing and performing the music for contemporary dance opera A Different Wolf in collaboration with Junk Ensemble and Dumbworld, premiered at Cork Opera House in June 2019 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.