Shane Ó Fearghail

Shane Ó Fearghail (pronounced O Fa-reel), is an Irish Singer-Songwriter & Artist based out of Vienna, Austria. From Dublin, his musical style has been called many things. Irish Indie / Dark Folk is his new calling.  In the past Shane has been likened to REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III, Glen Hansard and Ron Sexsmith. He takes that as a big compliment. With his own writing style, Irish music and Irish poetry are his first loves.

“An uber professional Shane captivates every audience. Indeed great songwriting meets high musical sense. A fantastic artist!” Bernd Rossmann – Reinhardt Best Acoustics – Germany

Having navigated the waters of the music industry for twenty years, Shane has managed to follow an independent path. Head hunted by labels big and small, Shane shared development deals with EMI, not to mention publishing contracts in Europe and North America. It’s not always been easy, but the songs were worth it”.

His most recent musical adventure and fifth studio album, takes him on a trip along the Appalachian trail. Partnered with Arge Music Austria for this project, Shane delves deeper into the Irish Appalachian tradition. Recorded with his band “The Host”, between Vienna and Passau (Germany),  he set out to explore the unique musical relationship between Ireland, Europe and North America. A relationship fostered through culture, across continents, and the Atlantic ocean. The first single will be released late summer 2022.

* Kurzportrait Shane Ó Fearghail auf Deutsch *

Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host.
As a successful live solo performer Shane also tours with his band “The Host”.

Shane & The Host live at Vienna Coffee Festival 2021 © Sabine Mann Photography

The Host are an eclectic group of musicians who come from Austria. Namely, Claudia Heidegger (Fiddle, Mandolin), Emily Velasquez (Bass), Johnny Falter (Banjo, Guitar), and David Butschek (Percussion). All singers and incredible players, Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host are an exciting contemporary Irish / Appalachian combo, with an alternative “Dark Folk” roots feel. Up tempo, crowd engaging and full of Celtic Soul. Shane & The Host’s new album is coming soon.

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.

‘Born From Tradition” – Shane’ Last Album.
Recorded during the Covid-19 loockdown, Shane used the time to record his long awaited “Irish” album. It did not disappoint. 

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).
Read about the album here.

Life & Other Strings
Shane’s music background was born out of sing alongs and sessions at home in Dublin, Ireland. Having worked internationally in the Animation industry for over ten years,  he played small shows and “Irish Trad Sessions”, writing songs and singing wherever he traveled.

In 2021, his album ‘Born From Tradition’ was nominated for “Best Album Award” at the CeltCast Fantasy Awards in the Netherlands. ‘Ná Bí Buartha’, one of the album tracks, was also nominated in the “Best Song” category. Songs from the album have received strong airplay around Europe, Australia and North Amercia.  ‘Born From Tradition’, continues to receive kudos in cultural corners around the globe.  (Learn more about Shane’s music – click here). 

Songwriting and Events
Active in the Irish and European songwriting scene, Shane won the best songwriter award at the Sofia Singer Songwriting Festival in Bulgaria 2019. He is co-founder of Schottenfest, a cultural festival set in the heart of Vienna, and over the past six years has been instrumental in developing the Vienna Singer Songwriter scene, through songwriting circles and singer-songwriter nights at the Acoustic Room, Arte Hotel and the Ruby Hotel respectively.

Most recently, Shane has put his name to the new “Wombeats” live music venture. A brand new concept set to be rolled out around Europe in 2022. He continues to maintain his indie status.

Languages available in  Irish/Eng/De/Esp/Fr/It/Ro

* Shane Ó Fearghail – Press & Photos (Solo)
* Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host – Press & Photos
* Kurzportrait Shane Ó Fearghail auf Deutsch *
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