Conor Miley is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer hailing from Dublin. His music draws from the well of folk, indie and electronica in expansive and intricate arrangements that deliver an emotive punch, while his lyrics explore the range of human emotions and experience in an original and dynamic way that has been described as "stunning". (Dublin Concerts)
Having grown up learning classical music, Miley studied jazz in his formative years before embarking on a career involving multiple bands and session work. His original project, We Raise Bears, released a well-received debut EP in 2016, which gained airplay across BBC radio, RTE Radio 1, 2FM and TXFM, as well as on Irish and UK regional stations. Miley headlined venues around the country and appeared at festivals that included Hard Working Class Heroes, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Vantastival and Ones to Watch.
Following the breakup of this band, he discovered that he was to be a father a month after a relationship ended. Mired in a personal crisis, Miley threw himself into writing and recording his debut solo album, Thousand Yard Stare, which will be released at the end of 2022. Recorded in houses and mobile homes around Dublin, Kerry and Roscommon, he played, wrote and recorded all parts while orchestrating the strings, drums and brass which were recorded with Christian Best (Mick Flannery) in Cork. Across 11 songs the album explores themes of love, loss, heartbreak, hope and life as a single father in Ireland in the 21st century.
First single, Father's Day, will be released in July with an accompanying video. Further singles and the album will be released later in the year.