To Gaze Upon Us is the love child of Sharpe and O'Connor because that is as physical as it is getting. They made their debut in April of 2015 in the Róisín Dubh in the run up to the Marriage Equality vote, and now they are back. On August 16, Steven Sharpe and Katie O'Connor bring their out and proud act to the Róisín Dubh.
Together they make a new song with a show that highlights their strengths and their classic stage banter. Sharpe takes O’Connor to more upbeat areas, as she leads him to more sentimental and heartfelt places. Blending their individual styles, O'Connor’s melodic vocals beautifully complement Steven’s flamboyant sass to create a lush new sound.
Steven Sharpe is undoubtedly one of Ireland's best-kept secrets but has made a name for himself in the Galway’s thriving music scene, performing his own brand of out'n'proud music with a live show that must be seen to be believed. His veracious, witty, and soulful musical presence blends music, humour, and storytelling and draws influences from Prince to Kate Bush to Nina Simone. In 2015 he started performing with The Broke Straight Boys, a backing band made up of Galway’s most competent and versatile musicians, and since has played sold-out shows and festivals all over Ireland.
Sound it Out was recently released on April 27, is the latest hook-filled, lyrically explicit single from Galway-based male- diva sensation Steven Sharpe and his unwitting backing band The Broke Straight Boys.
Katie O'Connor has shared her music on stages and streets throughout Europe, since her beginning in Galway in 2011. In the midst of attaining a midwifery degree, O'Connor found herself being drawn to creating and sharing music on the street. After qualifying as a midwife, she took early retirement, shaved her head and started afresh in Berlin with just her guitar, her voice, and a desire to be true to herself. Although based mainly in Ireland for the time being, O'Connor spends many weeks of the year on the road bringing her music and message to those who wish to listen. Songs and stories entwined, she delivers a gripping performance each and every time, backed up by powerful lyrics and an unrivalled raspy voice. Her recently released fourth album, Fuel For Dreaming in May, has been met with a very positive response from her listeners.