He may wield an acoustic guitar and write achingly beautiful universal truths, but Ciaran Lavery couldn’t be further from the sensitive singer-songwriter archetype.

In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album went global, with the tracks ‘Shame’ and ‘Left For America’ leading the charge racking up more than 60 million listens on the Spotify streaming service and inspiring a raft of renditions from other countries. The plaudits kept coming in 2015, with the release of Sea Legs, a mini-album on which Lavery collaborated with electronica artist Ryan Vail, winning them a nomination for best album at the Northern Irish Music Prize. In 2016 his sophomore album Let Bad In, won the Northern Ireland music prize.

Fast becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand exports, Ciaran has appeared on German radio and television, Spotify television in USA and was selected to play at Willie Nelson’s BBQ at Luck Ranch in Texas by the man himself.

Ahead of the album release Sweet Decay, Lavery will be heading out on his biggest tour to date, across Europe, the UK, US, Ireland and Canada. Probably with a fine collection of short story books in tow.

Ciaran Lavery Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video to ‘Shame’ below:

Plus support from Joe Dolman.

20-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa. With 2 independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio 1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens as well as across the country on BBC introducing.

His first appearance on the big stage was at Hyde Park back in 2014, since then he has taken his music around not only the UK but overseas also – including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America. For fans of James Bay, Passenger, Lewis Watson, Gavin James and Damien Rice.

“An exciting new talent. One to watch!” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

“There’s a sense of unforced innocence to his work.” – Clash Music

Joe Dolman Links: Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Separate Ways’ below:

Plus Support from Liz Lawrence

As a vocalist and collaborator her voice had appeared on some massive tunes, releases by the likes of Cash + David, Bombay Bicycle Club, and more.

But then she wanted to call a halt… to all of it. Retreating to her room, she began sketching out new songs, fresh ideas, something that inspired her in the way she used to be inspired. Returning in the fading weeks of 2017 with a double A-side single, it was clear that Liz had regained her thirst, recovered a fleeting sense of momentum.

Now she’s released two more songs, a further double-single drop that sketches out the pop territory she wants to occupy. ‘Circling Numbers’ and ‘Floors’ sit together well as a piece, deft lyricism and neat melodic flair combining to striking effect.

The two songs are equally strong, a complimentary pair that bring out fresh nuance from Liz’ work.

Liz Lawrence Links: Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video to ‘Chainsmoking’ here: