Eurovision's Ryan O'Shaughnessy will play at Garbo's in Castlebar on November 24.
The singer, who has just released his brand new single ‘Civil War’, said: “Most of us have also experienced "Civil War" on different levels. Even if that may be an internal battle or a battle within a relationship, it's hard to avoid and if we can make it though the hard times that we face, then we can all benefit and grow stronger as humans and individuals."
Dublin born O’Shaughnessy arrived into a musical family in 1992. It soon became apparent that his love and panache for music was equalled with acting also.
So it's no surprise that when he turned eight years of age Ryan landed the role to play the character Mark Halpin in RTE’s long running TV soap Fair City, a role he held for almost a decade. Having spent his teen years on the Irish screens, it was when he turned 17 that musicality became a priority and he left the hit TV soap to begin a career in music.
While studying at renowned Music College BIMM Dublin as a songwriter in 2012, Ryan began honing his songwriting skills. He went on to compete in TV shows such as The Voice of Ireland, Britain’s Got Talent and The Hit. During this time, Ryan’s self-penned song ‘No Name’ accumulated over 45 million hits on YouTube. He was then signed to Sony RCA in the UK, where he worked on his debut EP that reached numbre one in Ireland for two consecutive months.
In May 2018 Ryan performed for Ireland at the Eurovision, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal. In making it through the semi-final, Ryans track ‘Together’ went from 250/1 to 7/1 in the bookies, making it Ireland's most successful Eurovision entry in over six years.
As well as writing and working for different publishing companies and studios, O’Shaughnessy has toured Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada, releasing his own music and collaborations with other artists through his recording label ‘Bayview Records’. His latest album Back to Square One shows a clear maturity in his songwriting and musical taste.
The national tour kicked off on Saturday September 15 with Jared Dylan as special guest and Jacob Hanley on support. ‘Civil War’ is released across all digital platforms from October 5.
Tickets for Ryan O'Shaughnessy at Garbo's are €15 and are now on sale from Mayo Leisure Point, Hogs Heaven Bar or Ticketmaster.