Kingfisher, “Caroline” – ISOTW – 18/09/23

Rising Irish indie-folk band Kingfisher have released their hauntingly melodic new single ‘Caroline.’ 

‘Caroline’ sees lead singer Eddie take a poignant look back over a past relationship, citing a “combination of hubris and impulsivity” as the sole reason for walking away.

There is an endearing vulnerability to the lyrics as he reminisces about “the girl that got away”, with a defiant slice of introspection.


The song is something of a clash between modern and classical Irish cultural meter.

There’s a sense of how close it all was, human folly at its most bittersweet.

The powerful, cinematic quality to their sound is there in its usual epic proportions, however the underlying message of the track is one of regret.

The assured nature of Eddie’s songwriting however, ensures that it doesn’t feel bitter or jaded but rather infused with a youthful sense of hope, and learning from your mistakes.

‘Caroline’ has been a fan favourite and an ever present in the set during the band’s triumphant live shows this summer.

It was written “almost on a whim” when Eddie felt inspired by his love of Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

“This is the first song that was written with a more guided, poetic intention,” he says.

“Tapping into the marriage between the trouble you have in relationships, and also that fairytale Irish existence that people think of.”

‘Caroline’ is Kingfishr’s sixth offering following the previously released Heart In The Water, flowers-fire, Headlands, Anyway & eyes don’t lie, which combined have racked up nearly 2 million streams on Spotify.

Three of the tracks were recently performed on The Independent’s live music session Music Box.

The band have had a busy summer, with shows supporting world-famous rock legend Bruce Springsteen at BST, as well as support slots on George Ezra’s UK/ Ireland tour and Dermot Kennedy’s Limerick shows at Thomond Park.

Alongside this were a run of festival dates that included Neighbourhood, Sea Sessions, Lytham Festival, Latitude & The Indie-pendence.

They have also appeared on BBC Introducing Belfast and a performance on Irish TV Series Other Voices.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, Kingfisher are set to embark on The Prologue Tour in October 2023.

This is the band’s first headline tour with all six dates now SOLD OUT.

An extra show has just been announced for December due to phenomenal demand.