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Rock // Clonakilty, Cork

Multi-instrumentalist Rawney (a.k.a. Ciarán Calnan) hails from the musical melting pot of Clonakilty in West Cork. Having played in various bands from the age of twelve, most notably Setmaker, he has been focusing on solo endeavours of late and his debut EP Say It Loud is due for release on 8th July 2022.

Rawney’s sound is a blend of rock, indie, folk and pop which has drawn comparisons to some of his influences including The Frames, Mic Christopher, Berkeley, Incubus, Foo Fighters and Stereophonics.

Songs which were written and initially performed on an acoustic guitar got a new lease of life in the studio, resulting in an exciting full band sound throughout this long anticipated debut solo release. Themes of speaking up, addiction, the pitfalls of social media and not making rash decisions are touched upon over the course of the EP, the entirety of which was recorded only a stone's throw from home.

Produced, mixed and mastered with Brian Casey (John Blek, Rowan, Clare Sands, Tiz McNamara, Paradox) in Wavefield Recording Studios in Clonakilty, this collection of songs has been brewing for almost four years. Rawney takes on the vocals, guitars and drums himself while Casey adds his magic touch on bass, electric guitar and keys. The EP also features the talented Dolcie Keogh on violin, a partnership rekindled from their Setmaker days.

Renowned for his powerful vocals and energetic live performances, Rawney has honed his craft over the past decade by performing hundreds of gigs, both at home and abroad, at various venues and festivals in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Vietnam and Spain. "I've been very lucky to have played with so many great musicians, at home and abroad, from so many different backgrouds, all of whom have been a big influence."

He has regularly performed at some of the country's premier venues over the years such as DeBarra's in Clonakilty, Connolly's of Leap and Cyprus Avenue, while support slots have included Mick Flannery and Susan O'Neill, John Spillane, Clive Barnes, Freddie White, The Frank and Walters, Mundy and The Walls, amongst others.

With songs in the bank and a summer tour planned, expect plenty more to come.

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