Seamlessly fusing together Blues, Jazz, Funk and Old Soul
‘Blue In The best Way’ opens with a deep bassline and builds with punchy guitar riffs and a subtle percussive backbeat winding through the song. Cathal delves into a variety of sounds, seamlessly fusing together Blues, Jazz, Funk and Old Soul to create his own space sonically, which is familiar, yet at the same time delightfully fresh and contemporary. Lyrically, the artists smooth vocal talks about embracing the melancholy from the inevitable lows of a relationship.
Cathal said “’Blue in the best way’ is a song about the low points in a relationship but it’s also about knowing that you wouldn’t wish those low points away. The whole process of writing the song centred around the idea of knowing that you would rather be miserable WITH this someone than happy WITHOUT them.”
Hailing from Camlough, near Newry, Cathal has been raised on Irish traditional music – a passion passed down through his family from his great grandad. From playing in the living room to concerts at local venues, Cathal’s upbringing was punctuated with unforgettable live music. He began playing the guitar at 13 years old and by 16, was a national champion. Cathal plays and writes as part of contemporary Irish folk group Cúig, recording two albums and touring across Europe and the US. One of the tracks, ‘Carry On’, was used by Aer Lingus on an online advert and has racked up more than 650,000 views.
At just 21 years old, Cathal is now ready to launch his solo career, relishing the freedom to express himself through thoughtful, personal songwriting and uplifting guitar. Cathal writes as if he was playing to an empty room, showcasing an innate ability to project a wide range and depth of feeling, that is frank and imaginative. Support for the artist continues to grow with previous single ‘Frame’ being positively reviewed by leading Irish music blogs such as Nailler9, and Hotpress as well as a host of international music tastemakers, the single is also currently enjoying spot plays on RTE 2.
Drawing on his love for blues, Cathal performs live in a trio format. The expressive energy of his live show is immediate, with the band able to improvise and make the audience feel something different every single time they play. A recent move to Edinburgh will see Cathal performing venues such as Sneaky Pete’s and The Voodoo Rooms as soon as they re-open. In the meantime, Cathal will keep fans entertained via live streaming performances on his social channels. with more live shows to be announced very soon.