Setanta Records was a UK Independent record label. The label was at the forefront of the indie Irish music scene in the late eighties and nineties as it championed young Irish groups.
Setanta's first success came when Dublin band Into Paradise received glowing reviews from the British music press for their Setanta debut entitled "Under The Water". Major label interest followed and Into Paradise subsequently signed to Ensign Records retaining Cullen as band manager.
Shortly thereafter, Cullen signed the quirky Cork trio The Frank and Walters, who wore orange shirts and purple flares. As with Into Paradise, early critical acclaim led the band to sign to Go! Discs retaining Cullen as band manager. The Frank and Walters achieved minor commercial success when their song "After All" peaked at Number 11 on the British singles chart.
Major commercial success followed Cullen's signing of The Divine Comedy whose first three albums "Liberation", "Promenade", and "Casanova" were very well received in the UK and Europe. The Divine Comedy also provided the soundtrack for the immensely popular Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.
Despite label boss Cullen 'not rating' the song, Setanta also had major chart success with the Edwyn Collins (former leader of Scotland's Orange Juice on Postcard Records) hit "A Girl Like You" which went on to become a worldwide hit.
In 2007 Setanta signed London band The Tacticians. Their debut album "Some Kind of Urban Fulfilment" was released on Setanta Records in August 2007.
In 2012 Cullen announced that he was closing Setanta down.
- A House
- Adrian Borland
- The Chalets
- Evan Dando
- The Divine Comedy
- Edwyn Collins
- The Frank and Walters
- Richard Hawley
- Into Paradise
- Mason Jennings
- The Prayer Boat
- Josh Ritter
- They do it with mirrors
- The Glee Club
Ireland's Hotpress Yearbook (2006)