Shane Ó Fearghail – A Long Road
Shane is an Irish Singer-songwriter from Dublin, now based in Vienna. His musical style fits neatly into the Irish Indie Folk box. Likened to REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III and Ron Sexsmith, it is easy to see where his songwriting loyalties lie. Irish music however, is his first love. On stage Shane Ó Fearghail is one of the best live performers out there. Energetic, engaging and unpretentious with a genuine depth and craft to his songwriting that is never far from his Irish Folk roots in it’s storytelling and pathos.
Having released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Watcher & The Comet’ – produced by Herbie Macken (Neil Finn, Gavin Friday) as Caruso, he signed a publishing deal for Europe. His self produced second album ‘Everything You Need Is Here’, released under his own name, took him a step further, securing licensing deals in North America and in turn established him as a solid solo performer and consistent songwriter.
‘They Might See Dolphins’ – his newest long play, was recorded in Germany and Austria in 2016. Co-produced alongside Bavarian producer Christian Knollmueller, it is a “fan-funded” creation and an eclectic mix of eleven beautifully crafted songs – with the production to match. It shows a distinct creative turn in lyric and musical direction, cementing Shane as a well rounded creative songwriter helping him secure worldwide publishing with Sentric Music UK. Now working on two new solo albums consecutively (first one is due out in September 2019), Shane is also in the pre-production planning stages for an album with “The Host” his full band project. With a career in music that spans over a decade, three albums, copious amounts of concerts and festivals, closes shaves with the majors, Shane has managed to maintain his independent identity and has carved out his own personal niche and network in Europe and beyond.
With a background in Animation, Writing, Art & Film Making, Shane has worked for many of the big studios. Still active as an artist, other strings to his bow include: Co-writing and song collaboration projects, having had professioanl releases for other artists. He is a founding member of the Vienna Songwriting Circle (VSC) , which was set up to develop the art of songwriting in the city. Active in developing songwriter groups and workshops throughout Europe. Shane is also a chief co-cordinator of Schottenfest – a cultural music festival in Vienna that celebrates Gaelic & Celtic culture and writing in Austria – now in its fourth year. In his spare time he manages the Acoustic Room, The Song Factory, The Artists Place & the new Vintage Sessions at the Brickmakers – all live performance platforms in Vienna supporting original music and upcoming songwriters. In 2016 he set up Fair Play Concerts, a non profit platform designed and dedicated to the promotion of art and original music in Vienna, where he is active in voicing the needs of writers and performers and general fair play. A vegetarian Shane is also an active member of Fridays For Future Vienna and a lover of all things green. Not just Ireland!
Constantly on the road Shane was the recent winner at the international Sofia Singer-Songwriting Festival in Bulgaria in September 2018. He has recently returned from his Spring Steps Tour of dates 2019 where he performed solo around Europe, playing to to sold out shows in Austria & Germany, including successful performances at Frankfurt Messe, Sofar Concerts series and the new indie island fest, Sofafest Mallorca.
With three albums to his name, countless tours under his belt, Shane is brand ambassador for Fusion Bags, Shadow Guitars, Elixir Strings and most recently Logjam Stompboxes. He is working on a double Irish album as well as an album with The Host.