SUCCESS: Local band Greywind made up of Paul and Steph O'Sullivan from Ballydribbeen have had almost 2m streams on Spotify.
This week Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean is 'In Conversation' with local band Greywind who are taking the world by storm with their unique style of music.
Despite only being in the music scene for four years, the brother sister duo from Ballydribbeen have not only played at some of the world's leading festivals with big names on the music scene - but this week their album 'Afterthought' reached 2m streams on global music platform Spotify.
It has been an amazing musical journey for siblings Paul (26) and Steph O'Sullivan (24) who accidently got some of the world's biggest music labels interested in their pop/rock/indie style music.
With just 41 live concerts under their belt, they say that it's amazing that their music has hit 2m streams on the popular music channel - and that doesn't include the likes of YouTube, Apple Music or other platforms.
Their sound has similar tones of American rock band Evanescence but is also described by many as indie and pop rock. And since their rise to fame they even have music fans travel to concerts from all over the world.
According to Paul, some fans, including one in spotted in Killarney this week, even have a tattoo of the band's logo.
"It's amazing and we still feel that we still haven't even fully started yet. We've only ever played 41 live concerts in our entire lives and luckily those shows were some of the biggest festivals around the world."
From a young age Paul and Steph had dreams of forming a band and hitting the big time. Never in their wildest dreams did they think that recording one song, also entitled 'Afterthought', four years ago that it would happen almost immediately.
Next, is what dreams are made of.
"Me and Steph always wanted to start a band and decided to travel to Belfast to a recording studio to go to a producer who could work with our sound," Paul, who went to The Sem, told the Killarney Advertiser.
"We recorded our first ever single 'Afterthought' and decided to post it online. Almost immediately Universal Records, Sony, Emeli Sandé's management and Warner Brothers were all asking who our record label was. First we thought it was a joke as it was a rough recording we put online. We had all that interest which was crazy!"
Then, one year to the day of posting the single online, they were flown to Texas to record their debut album.
"Usually to get signed or get that interest you have to have a massive following and we did it with no connections to the music industry."
They then did a UK tour and played in the Leeds and Reading Festivals. Their first debut headline show was in St Pancras Church in London which sold out, then it was onto the Rock Am Ring Music Festival which Paul described as "the Glastonbury of Germany".
"Growing up MTV would have highlights of that festival and it was on both our bucket list to do before we die! Liam Gallagher played there too."
They then played the Download Festival with acts like Aerosmith, and last year it was onto the Isle of Wright where Noel Gallagher played, and then Greywind played the INEC with The Coronas last December.
And although COVID hit this year, he says it didn't interfere with their work as they had planned to spend time writing and recording in the studio. They've also been holding live online gigs and took over the HotPress page online last week. Now, they're almost ready to release new material but he's slow to reveal any details just yet.
All he will say is that they have recorded with a big named producer.
"We recorded with producer Romesh Dodangodajust before lockdown when he was just back from the Grammys. We will be releasing new music this coming autumn."
Local soprano releases new single
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.
Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.
‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.
“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.
Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.
Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.
“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said.
“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!
“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”
The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.
“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.
“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”
To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.
Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.
For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.
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