One Man & His String-Driven Thang

Ahead of his February 3rd gig, D. Cullen charts where all this music comes from…

With a decade as one of Dublin’s more intriguing singer-songwriters under his belt, D. Cullen has decided to strip it back for his latest tour.

Which should prove something of a new sensation for the man behind Alright, The Rising Tide EP and the recent She Is Song, given that Cullen has long been exploring new ways to write old tunes.

“I’ve been obsessed with music since as long as I can remember,” he says. “I practically came out of the womb singing!”

Just back from a nationwide tour of Ireland with his band, Cullen is keen to see if his latest collection of tunes can stand on their own two feet. Without all the bells and Wurlitzers of an all-the-way-up-to-11 band.

“All the truly great songs still sound great on a lone guitar. I grew up in a very music-loving household, with my parents raising me on a steady diet of ’90s-era MTV and their fiercely impressive CD collection…”

Which may explain why some of Darragh’s all-time favourite songs include old favourites such as The Beatles’ Something and Kate Bush’s Why Should I Love You? alongside more recent wonders such as Glen Handsard & Marketa Irglova’s When Your Mind’s Made Up and Wyvern Lingo’s Aurora.

“I started playing guitar at 8, and then performing with it at 10,” he finishes. “And the damn thing has never left my hand since…”

If you need proof, An Evening With D. Cullen is at The Whale on Friday, February 3rd.


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