Ryan Sheridan

County Monaghan

Ryan Sheridan's fine debut long player 'The Day You Live Forever' entered the Irish national charts at # 2; enjoying one of the best opening week sales for any Irish artist in 2011. He was also a featured artist at the historic Concert for Obama on College Green in May.

It's an extraordinary Irish success story for the Monaghan solo artist who has travelled from playing on streets of Dublin to jockeying for the top slot with Adele and Lady Gaga in less than twelve months; and is a glowing testimony to Ryan's own self belief, determination to succeed and years of perfecting his craft.

'The Day You Live Forever' was recorded in Dublin with producer Joe Chester (The Coronas, Mundy) and mixed in the UK by Ruardhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, KT Tunstall). 'Jigsaw' is the original Billy Farrell recording which has delighted audiences nationwide since release last year. Ten original Ryan Sheridan compositions, showcasing a delightful, nuanced gift for a memorable tune which marks him out as one the years brightest new talents on the verge of a major breakthrough. The album title reflects Ryan's natural positivity about seizing the moment and living each day to the max.

Originally from Monaghan Town; as a teenager he made his tentative first steps onstage in the pubs and clubs of Manhattan's Lower East Side. An intimidating environment where he was old enough to play but not to drink, the competitive nature of the scene and the city meant he had to get good quick or go home.

His next destination was Glasgow, arriving there in 2004. He formed a rock band and started to work the Scottish circuit. The combo survived a crossing of the Irish Sea and a relocation to Dublin in 2006, but by the following year Ryan felt the band had run its course and took a two year hiatus from music to run a bar in his home town.

However, a sense of unfinished business and an urge to play in public again saw Ryan back down in Dublin in 2009. He hooked up with Polish percussionist Artur Graczyk, an old friend from the band. Embracing the freedom of movement created by acoustic guitar and cajon the pair hit the streets of Dublin to eak out a living. An inventive and crafty guitarist with a powerful and expressive voice, Ryan's dynamic interplay with Artur's “four limbs good” rhythmic attack must be seen to be believed; and together they crafted a unique sound.

While entertaining the human traffic of Temple Bar, Ryan and Artur were spotted by his current management team. This led to a showcase at The Academy jam-packed with great and the good of the Dublin media mafia, and a subsequent record deal with leading Irish independent label Rubyworks in summer 2010.

After making his mark on the festival circuit; Ryan has been on the road constantly since. Shows with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Republic Of Loose and Wallis Bird, plus his own high octane gigs, have laid the foundation; and recent sell out tours with The Script and Taylor Swift have raised the bar and introduced him to a much wider audience.

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