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Emerging Irish Singer-Songwriter Ciarán Cooney Announces Debut Solo EP 'Red'

Emerging singer-songwriter Ciarán Cooney has announced his debut solo EP Red is set for release on Friday 28 May 2021.

Brought up in the Midlands of Ireland and now living in Glasgow, Ciarán has enjoyed a promising career to date. He performed at ‘Raglan Road’ Irish Pub in Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida for almost two years, going on to tour worldwide with Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones as guitarist and vocalist, before taking on the role of lead guitarist for world renowned Irish Dance Show Irish Celtic.

No stranger to recording, Ciarán features heavily on Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones albums, as well as recording lead vocals on Irish Celtics’ ‘Don’t Let Go’ which received over 1.3 million views on Youtube to date. Most recently, Ciaran recorded on folk musician Ali Levack’s critically acclaimed EP ‘My Notes, Vol.1’.

Ciarán has taken the last year of downtime as an opportunity to etch out his solo career and is now set to release his debut solo EP Red which draws on influences from the likes of Planxty, Paul Brady, Christy Moore and Daoirí Farrell to name a few. Red is a mixture of self-composed and traditional tunes that see Ciaran explore his traditional Irish roots and tell stories of the past.

Red takes the listener on a journey from slow, string filled love ballads to driving traditional songs with toe tapping, melodic tunes.

Ciarán Cooney’s vocals and guitar are accompanied on Red by Ali Levack on whistle, Benedict Morris on strings, Anthony Davis on piano and bass and Ryan Cavanaugh on 5-string banjo.

Ciaran said: “This EP is my interpretation of traditional Irish music. I’m someone from the outside who has worked my way in and fallen in love with this music. I want traditional music to be accessible and listened to by everyone of every creed, culture and background. This is trad for the modern-day listener.”

Hailing from Birr, Co. Offaly in the Midlands of Ireland, Ciarán bought his own guitar at the age of just fifteen. Inspired by traditional Irish music he began busking in his local town, quickly graduating to pub gigs and hasn’t looked back since. Ciarán studied commercial and modern music at BIMM Dublin, specialising in guitar, for two years before being offered a contract to perform at Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.

Ciarán has performed alongside a host of highly acclaimed artists throughout his career including We Banjo 3, Talisk, Gaelic Storm and Jig Jam.

The debut EP was mixed by Pablo Lafuente at Viewbank Studios and mastered by Chris Waite.

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