Rising Stars Sara Ryan & Steo Wall

Hailing out of Newbridge, County Kildare and now singing out of Cork City, Sara Ryan, armed with her lyrical blend of emotional honesty, self-awareness and societal reflection, driven by a perceptive and rebellious spirit, is well on her way to reaching every music loving ear throughout Ireland.

Sara’s soft and smooth but soulful vocal styling, supported by beautifully crafted melodies, invites the listener to stay tunedfor the electrifying sound and next insightful rhyme.

“If Kate Bush would decide to reinvent herself as the toughed up torch singer, fronting a kick ass band… she might have sounded like this.“ – Hans Workman. (Here Comes the Flood, Music Blog)

Following the success of her debut single ‘Belle’ which won her acclaim and recognition as ‘Best New Comer’ on Dublin City FM, ‘Belle’ being ‘Best New Single’, Sara was then crowned ‘New Folk Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious Irish Folk Music Awards.

Playing to over two thousand people this past summer extensively touring her Debut EP ‘Glitter Skies’, Sara thrilled audiences throughout the country. Her second single ‘Euphoric Recall’ has been well received by radio DJs including Roddie Cleere, Fiachna O’Braonain, John Creedon and has had a great deal of airplay all over Ireland.

‘Glitter Skies’ is a superb introductory release, filled with charm and personality.” – Golden Plec.

Sara’s star continues to rise as she builds an ever increasing strong and enthusiastic support, touring with Mick Flannery, Jack L, John Spillane and Luka Bloom.

‘Sara Ryan is a beautiful person, inside and out. And this is reflected in her songs and singing’Luka Bloom.

Recently reunited with and supporting Mick Flannery and Jack L  in December 2018 Sara continues to impress.

Making a strong start to 2019 Sara has hit the studio to record her eagerly anticipated album, to be released in September and followed by a tour beginning in October.

Enthusiasts won’t need to wait until Autumn for Sara’s next creation as her next single release ‘Lost’ with accompanying video will be released this coming February.

“I’ve known Sara since childhood.Its been a joy to witness her young career, to hear her songwriting develop and her singing mature. This young lady has a huge career ahead of her.” – Christy Moore. Jan 2018.

STEO WALL 

Not everybody can boast such collaborators as Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey and Davey Spillane on their debut album. But when you meet Steo Wall for the first time, you quickly understand why such legendary musicians wanted to get involved with Where I’m From – Steo’s debut album. A sound bloke, quick to laugh, with a rich Dublin accent and the wit to go match it; Where I’m From boasts eleven heartfelt biographical tracks.  Damien Dempsey calls Steo’s work ‘Irish soul music’, and was quick to ask Steo to be his warm up act on national tours in 2016/17 at Christmas, 2018 he again opened for Damo to a full house at Vicar St. Steo is accompanied by Damien, on the first track to be released from his album – What’s wrong with the world Ma. 

“Steo Wall is set to join the likes of Damien Dempsey and Shane McGowan as a pioneering voice in Irish folk music” Peter McGoran, Hot Press Magazine. 2018 

Mixing traditional Irish folk with some contemporary Irish rap, Steo brings the listener on a journey from the badlands of Dublin, working class, housing estates to the beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Steo paints a picture of rebellious, loved friends and adored, family members, the album being an homage to those gone before him. It’s these family members who give us an understanding of the depth of Steo’s musical influences. When Steo told Davey Spillane of the family connection to the world renowned, gypsy, uillean pipers, Johnny and Felix Doran, Davey offered to put his sound onto one of the tracks. Sarah Doran, an ode to Steo’s traveller grandmother is the third track on the album, and Davey Spillane’s whistle is a beautifully-fitting tribute.

“Streetwise and sentimental, Steo’s gritty Dublin rap and folksy heart-on-sleeve love songs are definitely en vogue. The input of Luka Bloom and Damien Dempsey adds a professional polish to an uncut diamond. 

Eamon carr, Horslips.” 

Growing up in Dublin gave Steo a grounding in rap, ‘Though I was more Toothpick then Tupac’, he jokes.  But it also saw him lose friends and family members to prison and drugs. Steo left Dublin for Co. Clare in 2012, and started working as a fish smoker in Lisdoonvarna. He quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene of North and West Clare, which is where he met his partner and the mother of his two children, Fair City actor Jacinta Sheerin, a fellow Dubliner born and bred. Jacinta sings backing vocals on a number of tracks from the album. The pair also sing as a duo in local pubs and clubs where Jacinta always encouraged Steo to sing his own songs. One of these songs, Little Babe, a love song to his unborn child, caught the attention of Irish folk legend Luka Bloom. Luka agreed to teach Steo the art of recording in studio, and co-produced ‘Where I’m From’; alongside Steo and Martin O’ Malley, who owns Malbay Studios in Miltown Malbay in West Clare, where the album was recorded.

 “While Where I’m From is this Dublin-raised, Claire-based tunesmith’s first album, 

you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s five records deep into his campaign.” 

Edwin McFee, Hot Press Magazine, 2018. 

‘Where I’m From’ is a love letter to the people and places who raised him from a boy, into a man, who wears his heart on his sleeve. With authentic lyrics, beautiful musicianship and melodies that you’ll find yourself singing for days ‘Where I’m From’ is like a burst of colour on a monochrome landscape.

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