Newcastle, County Down
Brighton based folk/rock singer-songwriter Dessie Magee, hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland where his career began within the heavy underground music scene. Years spent submerged within the scene resulted in Dessie having to undergo major throat surgery, a result of which he was unable to speak for months after. Despite the injury, Dessie was determined to pursue his musical career and after a long period of rehabilitation he began learning to speak again, and eventually was able to sing again.
Many people in this situation would rule out a future in music but Dessie saw this as a challenge, and his passion for music gave him the ambition to strive for success and begin his new journey. With a diverse musical background, Dessie’s music has recently taken a softer approach drawing influences from the likes of Hozier, Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and Fink, though not leaving his heavy roots behind.
Since then Dessie has gone on to sell out headline shows in Brighton, London and Northern Ireland, appeared at festivals such as Brighton Festival and Fringe Festival and had great success touring America the summer of 2017. His debut single ‘Maze’ was picked as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Track Of The Day’, The Unsigned Guide’s ‘Track Of The Month’, which spent over a month in the top five of the French charts and racked up over 100,000 video views.
Dessie and his 5 piece have now built built a strong and loyal fanbase around the Brighton area off the back of three independent single releases and are now represented by Midnight Mango Booking Agency and Skrew Loose Booking/Management. Dessie is just about to release a fourth track (Producer Tim Bidwell : Lucy Rose, Fink, Matthew & The Atlas) before the end of 2018 with another set for release early 2019.
Dessie’s 4th release ‘Comedown’ was also chosen as the BBC Radio ‘Track of The Day’ again in February 19.
Dessie's Accolades Include:
-Sold out headline London, Brighton and Northern Irish Shows
-BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Ulster Airplay
-Supported with Van Morrison at Bath Festival 2019
-American & Australian Radio Airplay
-BBC Introducing Track Of The Day 2x
-2018 Festival Appearances include: The Great Escape, Chagstock, more tbc
-Music sync with Major Games developer Climax Studio (Assassins Creed, Fable)
-Extensive American Tour June/July 2017
-The Unsigned Guides Track of the month February 2018
-Tracks produced by Tim Bidwell (Lucy Rose, Fink, Matthew & The Atlas)
-1 month in the top five Music For Your Heart French Charts
We Love That Sound: “We've discovered the next big Singer songwriting talent from Brighton for you, DESSIE MAGEE.”
Music For Your Heart: “...an energetic and powerful folk music that takes us from the first seconds of the song.”
Tambourhinoceros: “Both production, songwriting and performance is pretty flawless”
Loodma Recordings: "Amazing voice as well as the lyrics - beautiful work!
Wolf in Suit: “Amazing and powerful vocals”
BuffaBLOG: "Dessie Magee's vocals were most outstanding on "Maze”
Mp3hugger: “An epic capable of closing any set and leaving us gasping for me. Impressive stuff…”
Medium.com: “Dessie Magee possesses that raw, poetic passion that few singer-songwriters can harness. His husky voice and powerful delivery and it’s absolutely addictive. For those tired of the man and a guitar formula, let Dessie lead you back in.”
EarToTheGround: “A great mix of Irish sounds with an alt twist”
Various Small Flames: "The vocals are distinctive and its hard not to get swept away by the energy”
Eartothegroundmusic- “Dessie Magee has some of the best pure rock vocals we’ve heard in a long time. The overall composition feels genuine. He’s a bit like Dustin Kensrue and that’s pretty high praise for us. We’re definitely into the layered rock sounds here with some aggressive guitars propping up the stellar vocal. The Irish accent doesn’t hurt… not one bit.”
Chillfiltr- "This voice just gets me. Dessie Magee is a singer-songwriter based in Brighton, originally from Ireland. It's all raw, heart-on-the-sleeve kind of stuff. It is certainly a second coming of the sort of spirit in Astral Weeks by Van Morrison, or even a folky Joe Cocker. There is that free-flowing emotion and the raspy grit that doesn't stand in the way of the high notes."