Kil­lor­glin singer song­writer launches de­but CD

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

‘FRIENDLY Shores’ is the de­but al­bum by Kil­lor­glin mu­si­cian Cathal Dowd and it will be launched at Sol y Som­bra Restau­rant in Kil­lor­glin on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 19. The al­bum is avail­able on all plat­forms and Cathal says he has fo­cused on pro­duc­ing an open string gui­tar style with hon­est, heart­felt lyrics that com­bine to cre­ate a unique sound.

The in­de­pen­dent singer/ song­writer from Tul­lig­more will be fa­mil­iar to din­ers at Nick’s Restau­rant where Cathal reg­u­larly per­formed in re­cent years. He is cur­rently tour­ing Ire­land and the UK, do­ing a se­ries of small con­certs to pro­mote the al­bum which is a life­long am­bi­tion for him. And he’s ex­tremely ex­cited about the re­turn home and the op­por­tu­nity to give peo­ple a chance to sam­ple his work.

“Ini­tially I thought about pro­duc­ing an al­bum just as a bucket list idea, but it soon took me over and it felt like some­thing I needed to do more of. Pur­su­ing mu­sic is what I want to do and once I com­mit­ted my­self to the al­bum the writ­ing and the songs just seemed to flow. It was ac­tu­ally my New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to com­plete an al­bum,” Cathal said.

Cathal is writ­ing mu­sic for over a decade now but ad­mits many of his close friends only heard his original songs for the first time on Spo­tify. Cathal’s mu­si­cal ‘other life’ came as a bit of a shock to peo­ple who had been un­aware of his abil­ity to write songs and per­form, which Cathal says adds to the ex­cite­ment of it all.

Cathal’s mu­si­cal in­flu­ences de­rive from names such as Paul Si­mon, New­ton Faulkner, John Mayer, Tallest Man on Earth, and Ed Sheeran - in­flu­ences that are ev­i­dent in the al­bum.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence of re­leas­ing mu­sic on­line is an ‘en­rich­ing one’ for Cathal and he now plans to take a sab­bat­i­cal from life as an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent to pur­sue a seven-week tour of Amer­ica’s ma­jor mu­si­cal cities, namely, Seat­tle grunge, LA pop, New Or­leans Jazz, Mem­phis coun­try, and so on, and he plans to write a song for each city he vis­its.

“Not many peo­ple would have heard me per­form be­fore but writ­ing mu­sic is the only hobby I’ve ever re­ally had and it’s the cul­mi­na­tion of a lot of work, be it con­sciously or sub­con­sciously, which has led to me re­leas­ing this al­bum,” he added.

Kil­lor­glin­born mu­si­cian Cathal Dowd per­form­ing on the first leg of his UK de­but tour in Bris­tol.

BE­LOW: The CD cover for Friendly Shores

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