Dublin, County Dublin
Dublin singer and songwriter Eoin Glackin is ready to release his second album Rain Finally Came early next year.
He’s had an interesting trajectory putting this new record together. Let’s start at the beginning.
Growing up in Dublin, Eoin spent his days exploring the music of the likes of Kris Kristofferson, The Beatles and Cat Stevens much to the amusement of his classmates, who were firmly on the Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene team. He started playing piano at 9 and taught himself how to play the guitar at 15.
His approach to music and how it could be was changed one day by the mighty Damien Dempsey.
"I was at home," he says. "My dad walked into my room and told me there was some singer-songwriter from Dublin on the TV that I should see. Damien was beginning ‘Negative Vibes’ and three lines into the song I felt something hit me like I’d never felt before, he just had a truth in his voice and his words. Growing up, there had never been that one band or singer that changed my whole outlook on things. Damien did that for me."
Inspired by Dempsey’s performance and songs Glackin began writing and busking. Even then his independent streak shone through:
‘For some reason I never sang anyone else's songs. It wasn't something I avoided on purpose. It just never made sense to me.’
Eoin had just started college at UCD when Dempsey entered the frame once more. Tenacity to the fore, Eoin secured two sell out support slots with his hero. Such was the reception he received at those shows he decided to quit his arts degree and dedicate himself to music. Since then he hasn't looked back (the Dempsey connection endures to this day – the two artists are signed to the same management..).
Bouyed by the support slots and eager to pursue a career in music, Eoin jumped on a plane to London. He spent his time writing and playing in the plethora of open mic nights around the city (and paying the bills by working in bars and as an indoor boomerang salesman!). He played the likes of Belushi’s and the Soho Review Bar (where he shared the stage with artist Rumor). At one of these open mic nights Eoin was approached by a promoter who liked what he heard. Eoin was brought in to Sony’s office in the UK. ‘I walked in to the office with my guitar and began playing. The guy looked at me and said ‘haven’t you got anything recorded?’, Eoin laughs. ‘I only had my guitar and a load of songs. It was pretty unorthodox!’
He decided then to start to record demos. He returned to Dublin and got cracking. His demos caught the attention of London based Spirit Music & Media. They loved Eoin’s style and wanted to work with him. He returned to London and began recording his debut album.
The album was produced by Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Beth Orton, Red Hot Chilli Peppers). Grimble has had over 35 Top 30 singles to his credit. Eoin wrote and wrote and wrote, keen to write songs and lyrics that meant something. Ian Grimble’s style suited the type of music that Eoin wanted to write – and his debut album Not Lost was the result of this collaboration. Eoin pressed a limited number of albums and released the album independently.
Back on home soil once again, Eoin and Spirit secured a major label release for the record. Not Lost was released by Sony Music Ireland on June 3rd, 2011. Featuring tracks like Dark Rockin’ Woman, Hello Caroline and Carlisle Bridge, the album was received critically as a remarkable debut.
He toured Ireland and the UK extensively, strapping on his guitar at any available opportunity. He received great support for his music, quickly achieving playlist support at radio on a national level. Parting ways from Sony (‘amicably’ Eoin stresses), he has now turned his attention to his second album Rain Finally Came and decided to release this album independently.
For Eoin, this is a record he really wanted to make. ‘Not Lost was a little eclectic. I feel as though I’ve found my voice on this new album.’ The first song he wrote was Last Night In This Town. ‘Last Night was kind of a signpost… the songs I wrote following on from that just flowed. I was looking at what was going on around me. My songs and the lyrics reflect what I saw.’
Recorded in Westland Studios, Ian Grimble got involved once again. The first single to be taken from the forthcoming album Rain Finally Came is the rootsy single New World Blue. It’s a song that represents what the album is all about for Eoin. Lyrics that mean something.
With a band of talented musician friends built around him, Eoin is preparing to hit the road and is eager to perform his new songs to audiences across the UK and Ireland.