Shane Ó Fearghail
Shane is an Irish Singer-songwriter living in Vienna. From Dublin, his musical style fits neatly into the Irish Indie Folk box. Likened to REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III, Glen Hansard and Ron Sexsmith, it is easy to see where his songwriting loyalties lie. Irish music however, is his first love.
“An uber professional Shane captivates every audience. Indeed great songwriting meets high musical sense. A fantastic artist!” Bernd Rossmann – Reinhardt Best Acoustics – Germany
The New Album
During the Covid-19 Loockdown – Shane used the time to record his new “Irish” album ‘Born From Tradition”. Read about the new album here.
Shane Ó Fearghail’s new album is a pearl waiting to be discovered. A moment of calm reflection for the times we live in. Born From Tradition is the manifesto of an extremely authentic artist.” Adrian Coleașă – Midnight Burst (Romania).
Shane’s music background was born out of sing alongs and sessions at home in Dublin. And having worked internationally in the Animation industry for over ten years, Shane played small shows and “Trad Sessions”, writing songs and singing wherever he traveled. Head hunted by labels big and small, this Dubliner was destined to follow his own independent path. With four albums to his name (See Music – click here), “Born From Tradition”, Shane’s new release, is an exclusive Irish Folk album in the ballad tradition. Written in English and Irish, recorded and released during lockdown, it takes Shane back home – metaphorically speaking. ‘Born From Tradition’ has been nominated for “Best Album Award” at the CeltCast Fantasy Awards in the Netherlands. ‘Ná Bí Buartha’, one of the album tracks, has also been nominated in the “Best Song” catergory.
Shane is in active in the Dublin and Vienna songwriting scene. He is co-founder of Schottenfest and recently won best songwriter award at the Sofia Singer Songwriting Festival in Bulgaria. He continues to maintain his indie status and will begin work on his fifth studio album in September 2021. A roots and rhythm affair, flavoured with Irish and Appalachian feel, it will feature his band ‘The Host’.
Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host.
As a successful live solo performer Shane also tours with his band “The Host”. “The Host” are an eclectic group of musicians who come from Austria. Namely, Claudia Heidegger (Fiddle, Mandolin), Emily Velasquez (Bass, Keys), Johnny Falter (Banjo, Guitar), and David Butschek (Percussion); together they bring sweet rhythms to Shane’s rhyme. All singers and incredible players, Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host have a fantastic and exciting contemporary Irish – Appalachian folk roots feel. Interlaced with that sweet European twist, they are up tempo, crowd engaging and full of soul. It is when listening to this band live however, that you get to taste that full sweet flavour.
“Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host are one of those bands that grabs you from the first minute and won’t let them go. A wonderful live band!” Harald Neger – Donauinselfest / We Serve You Better
* Shane & The Host new album and website coming soon.
Life & Other Strings
Shane was also the recent winner at the international Sofia Singer-Songwriting Festival in Bulgaria. That said, playing live is where it needs to be. Yes it’s been a strange year… But watch this space. Be it solo or with The Host, there is always new music in the pipeline.
“Shane Ó Fearghail & the Host know how to intuitively engage the audience, caressing them with personality, wit and charm. They are captivating!” – Michael Frödrich, Executive Manager Arte Hotels Austria
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