Easkey, County Sligo
Eugene McGrath is a folk singer based in Sligo who released his debut album 'Waiting for Morning' in 2019. The album was recorded in Saltwell Studios in Cambridgeshire, UK with Chris Pepper ably producing, and contains ten tracks - eight original compositions and two interpretations of traditional songs. The songs are based on the people and landscapes of the west of Ireland, and have country, folk and rock influences intertwined with the stories.
His first success as a songwriter came as part of the Christy Moore showcase ran by Tradconnect in 2015, and he released a debut EP ‘Still a Pilgrim’ the following year. After spending a year in London checking out the folk scene, he returned to Ireland and continues to be a regular at many of the folk clubs around the west, notable the Killala Bay and Clew Bay Folk Clubs. He is also studying for a Masters in Traditional and World Music at the University of Sheffield.
I released my first single late last year entitled ‘Lough Easkey Snowfall’ which reached the final of the Newly Composed Ballad competition in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 2019. The latest single from the album is called ‘Cross the Land’ and can be found on Youtube and my Facebook page (see links below).