Shane Ó Fearghail 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.
Now on his third album, Shane has carved out his own personal niche and network in Europe. ‘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. Sad Opera Entertainment now manages Shane’s publishing.
The hooks are slick and effortless. The imagery, the story telling and melodies capture the imagination and will keep the listener enchanted. Before you know it you will have the songs on repeat. By popular consent and not by design, ‘They Might See Dolphins’ is fast becoming that album you will most likely travel to.
Other strings to his bow include, co-writing and song collaboration projects, as well as releases for other artists as a co-writer. In his spare time he is involved with the Vienna Songwriting Circle (founding member, as well as songwriter groups and workshops throughout Europe. He is chief co-cordinator of Schottenfest 2018 – a cultural music festival in Vienna that celebrates Irish and Scottish culture in Austria.
Shane was the recent winner at the international Sofia Singers-ongwriting festival in Bulgaria in September 2018. He is sponsored by Shadow Guitars (Bestacoustic Reinhardt GMBH) and Fusion Bags, being an active Artist Ambassador for both brands.