Swords, County Dublin
"Bead avoids introspective singer-songwriter hell and ploughs a furrow that keeps him on the right side of the commercial track." – Jackie Hayden HOTPRESS
Early influences – Born in North County Dublin, from an early age, I was fascinated with making music and acquired my first acoustic guitar for £100 from a music shop on Capel Street. I taught myself a few chords and began a lifelong habit of songwriting.
Growing up in Dublin, I drew inspiration from going to see Irish bands such as Paul Cleary and The Partisans, A House, Power of Dreams, The Cranberries and That Petrol Emotion. I tuned into the Dave Fanning Radio Show every night to listen to live sessions and interviews with the likes of U2, The Smiths and Echo and The Bunnymen.
Early days – In 1993, I began recording demos of my original songs with local producer Dave McCune who I met through a mutual musician friend.
Soon after, I distributed the demos to radio stations and received national airplay for my songs ‘Superman’ and ‘Heaven’ on the Dave Fanning Rock Show (on Irelands National Radio Station 2FM) and gained interest from two Major record labels at the time.
I played gigs in Whelans on the IMRO showcase tour and received favourable live reviews from Hotpress magazine. I headlined gigs in the DA Club and played Dublin music scene including Sin é, the Mez Bar and the Ruby Sessions.
Album #1 – In 2003, I collaborated with producer Dave McCune to record my first full length album. Recordings complete, I travelled to Enniskillen to work on mastering with Robyn Robbins at Mid Atlantic Digital. The following year I formed my own label (Núa Records) and released a short run of CD’s of the 10 track album entitled ‘High Time’.
Album # 2 – In 2010, after seeing a poster in Tower Records, I got the idea to work with Morrissey‘s guitarist and musical director Boz Boorer. I tracked Boz down and met him in Portugal where we recorded my album ‘Battle Stations’. It includes ‘Dirty Dog’, ‘Animal’ and ‘Roses’. It was released as a CD and download on Bandcamp.
Album # 3 – In 2017, I built my own studio and started working on new material. I collaborated again with Boz Boorer and The Ruts drummer Dave Ruffy in Portugal to work on the new material which was released as the EP ‘Country Mountain’ featuring five songs ‘Just Like The Beatles’, ‘No One Ever Told Me’, ’The Highway’, ‘Black Irish Dogs’ and the title track ‘Country Mountain’.
‘Country Mountain’ was mastered for iTunes by Grammy award winning engineer Tim Young in Metropolis Studios London. It was released as a download on September 10th, 2018.