Robert Irish is an Australian multi-instrumentalist & artist living in Brooklyn, New York.
Robert Irish was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1988. Growing up in Sydney, he played in various garage bands and in 2009 began working with long-time collaborator and partner Madelaine Lucas (A Casual End Mile). Shortly thereafter they formed Devotional, an alt-country group who have released a number of albums and singles to date, the most recent of which was included in Rolling Stone Australia's Top 10 Under the Radar Releases of 2015.
Together with Lucas, Irish has shared stages with artists including Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, The Birthday Party), Phosphorescent, Sharon Van Etten, Youth Group, Tiny Ruins and Jack Ladder (Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Weyes Blood). Whilst in Sydney, Irish also collaborated with artists including the Womens Auxiliary Choir, Jack Elias, Italian group Terza Madre, Simon Craw, and Luke Bacon.
Upon relocating to Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2015, Irish began working with friend & owner of NY HED Studios Matt Verderey (Heavy Trash, Speedball Baby) on his solo recordings. His debut album The Heart Is Strange, released through Irish and Lucas' label Common Prayer, is a traditional folk record that draws on minimalist jazz and American primitive guitar styles, whilst other new work has a more exploratory focus.