Not All Irish Folk Music Is The Silken Same: We Talk To Mossy Nolan And Colm McGowan

Ireland is known the world over for its music, and the many and varied forms it takes. On a recent trip to Dublin, Lisa took the opportunity to speak to three different bands, each from a very different genre to the others – about their music, and what it’s like to be a musician in Ireland.

Our second interview was with The Silken Same, also known as Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan. The pair grew up together and have been performing for a number of years as ‘Mossy Nolan’. They decided to change their name to ‘The Silken Same’, after a phrase used by Colm’s father, as they felt it represented both of them, and had their first official tour dates in January this year, supporting Cass McCombs, in Whelans, and The Roisin Dubh.

Their debut single, ‘Jennifer Gentle’, was released in April, and features Cass McCombs on electric guitar.

The Silken Same - Jennifer Gentle

You can find out more about The Silken Same on their Facebook page, including future performance dates.

Watch Lisa’s interview with them here:

Essentially Pop Meets The Silken Same

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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