North Dublin, County Dublin
Dublin Based Singer Songwriter Ciarán Moran (23) is best known for his Raw, Honest and Authentic Song writing, but not only does he write words that will draw a tear to one’s eye, The expressions and emotion he shows whilst performing live will capture a piece of those listening. His music draws influence from Dempsey, Rice, Hansard, Van Morrison, Aslan and many more Irish Pioneers.
Having been raised into a family where music was a priority and growing up along side his older brother Keith, who was the lead singer of Irish Band No Angels, The family were no strangers to the Irish Music scene.
So where does the clean, sincere and authentic lyrics come from?, At just 13 years of age, Moran was tutored by some fascinating Irish individuals, including Colm Querney (Head of Songwriting – Bimm Music College), Christy Moore (Irish Musician) & Roddy Doyle (Novelist & Screenwriter). Growing up in the North Inner City of Dublin, Where has once been statistically rated as “an area with the highest crime rate in the state” Would also factor into how Moran touches on some touchy subjects including Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Homelessness’, Domestic Violence and More!
Announcing he was going to perform as a solo artist at the beginning of 2017 after previous spells in Irish Bands “Rise, Low Profile & Must Try DnD”, Moran released his Debut Single “Almost Anyone” in August 2017. In response to the single he received Superb Support from the Irish Media and Radio Scene, Receiving Airtime on radio stations such as RTE Radio, FM104, 98FM, Dublin South FM, Near FM & Many More. This then lead him to touring as an opening act with Irish Sensation Damien Dempsey throughout Ireland.
Soon after several shows with Dempsey on Irish Soil, Moran was invited by Irish Band Aslan to open for them at their Sold Out “Made In Dublin Re-Visited” show in Vicar Street in December 2017, Just four months after his Debut Release.
This lead Moran to tour with Aslan for their “Feel No Shame 30TH Anniversary Tour” for several shows in Ireland in 2018 with openings in historic venues like The Olympia Theatre Dublin, Theatre Royal Waterford, Vicar Street for a Second time and many more dates nationwide.
Throughout the period of touring with Aslan, Moran recorded his next single “Mother” to be released for March 2018, A song described as “The This Is of 2018” by Billy McGuinness (Aslan), Mother is an emotional track detailing the abuse a young boy’s mother goes through at the hands of her husband. When Moran released the record, accompanied by a heart-breaking music video, He was then confirmed to perform at Irelands Biggest Annual Festival Electric Picnic on two separate stages.
With just two tracks released by this time, the inner-city heavy hitting lyricist, announced he would be opening for Irish Singer-Songwriter & Author Brian Kennedy in Co. Cork, Ireland towards the end of 2018.
The road then took Moran to his Debut EP in 2019 “& I Haven’t Even Started Yet”, Having released the first single from the EP “Follow Your Soul”, It was viewed over 15,000 times throughout social media and was praised by Irish Icons such as Glen Hansard, Christy Moore, Declan O’Rourke and Many More.
With a Positive Start to 2019, Ciarán Moran was confirmed for his Debut Headline Show in Dublin. With Several Radio Live Announcements, and Airplay for the leadup to the show, Moran was invited to perform alongside Maverick Sabre, Damien Dempsey, and Terry McMahon in Bleeker Street Dublin, The Event was an Invite Only Private Event for those of the Irish Music and Media Scene.
On the 6th of April 2019, Moran released his highly anticipated EP “& I Haven’t Even Started Yet” accompanied with his first Headline Show at The Underground Venue in Dublin. Tickets for the Show had Sold Out within weeks of the announcement.
Through the months of 2019, some announcements from the Dubliner included performances for the current president of Ireland Michael D Higgins alongside his wife Sabina Higgins, Performances with Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell on their Songs and Stories tour, tour date announcements with Aslan for their Goodbye Charlie Moonhead Anniversary Tour on several occasions, and consistent radio play.
Due to release new music within the next couple of months, Ciarán Moran is definitely one to watch for 2020, and all music mentioned above is available now on all streaming services.
With songs of the gritty intensity of ‘Mother’, ‘Prisoner’ and ‘Follow Your Soul’, Ciaran Moran proves how skilfully he can marry deeply serious lyrics with accessible pop melodies. Meanwhile, a song like ‘Audrey’ shows he can do the love stuff too. This man’s talent does not deserve to be limited to the singer-songwriter label.
JACKIE HAYDEN - HOTPRESS MAGAZINE