Colin O’Shea’s journey from knowing that music was the path he wanted to take to releasing his debut album has been one of determination and inspiration.
From an early age Colin realised his true passion lay with making music and having developed a real flair for writing he set his sights on honing his instrumental skills, which resulted in the Dubliner becoming a classically trained pianist and accomplished guitarist. A graduate of the infamous Ballyfermot Rock School, the northside Dubliner songwriter also holds a BA in Psychology, an interesting mix of accomplishments when translating your life experiences into song.
Trying to find a way to tell his stories in a way befitting of the experiences he has had is not an easy task. A chance meeting in 2015 with musician and producer, David Prendergast (Overhead the Albatross, Kodaline, Shane McGowan, The Riptide Movement, Kila), set the wheels in motion. Both David and Colin’s musical vision clicked and over the next 2 years their intriguing collaboration developed further, resulting in ‘Scars and Tones’.
With the finished product ready to release to the world Colin O’Shea burst onto the scene last October with his debut single, the Spingsteen-esque anthem ‘Booze n’ Hangovers’. The album followed soon after to critical acclaim. Released in November 2017, ‘Scars and Tones’ is a collection of diverse sounds influenced by heartbreaks, chaotic bliss and even being a victim of a kidnapping in South America, an experience that inspired the stunning ballad, My Angel.
‘Scars and Tones’ brings a fresh and eclectic mix of cleverly written songs to the indie pop genre and showcases Colin O’Sheas song-writing talent. Having had comparisons to U2 and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 2018 is set to be a big year for the up & coming musician as he continues to break new musical ground.
“The debut album from Irish singer/songwriter Colin O’Shea, ‘Scars and Tones’, is bold and eclectic, fusing elements of everything from U2, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to even Bruce Springsteen.”
— Gigging NI
“an eclectic and mercurial talent capable of working within a number of styles and genres.....He’s at his best when constructing tension-filled romantic ballads such as, ‘The Stars’, a real highlight, and the string-drenched ‘My Angel’. The title track is almost Dylanesque, with a backbeat recalling U2’s ‘With Or Without You’.”
— Hot Press Magazine
“This outstanding debut perfectly showcases the promise of the massively diverse singer songwriter.”
— Gigging NI