Graham Sweeney

Achill Island, County Mayo

Graham Sweeney is a singer-songwriter from Achill Island, Co Mayo. His distinctive sound arises from a blend of traditional guitar playing, percussive finger-tapping and rhythmic vocal melodies.

The history and dramatic landscape of Achill Island has also had a strong impact on Graham, informing his work both poetically and visually.

"Achill has definitely shaped all of the tracks on the album. The landscape and surroundings have had a huge part to play in my music and lyrics. There are many great songs about the streets of famous cities and towns, for me, it’s more about space,” says Graham Sweeney. “The ocean, the mountains, wind, sun and rain shaped these songs”.

His birthplace combines his three passions; music, surfing and vintage VW’s which he has been restoring since the age of 12: these elements are the cornerstones of his music career.

Graham was chosen to perform at the annual TradFest / Culture Ireland Emerging Talent Showcase live at Tradfest 2020 and will be appearing at The Teelings/Totally Irish event on Feb 20th, 2020.

Graham has toured and performed extensively, appearing at festivals including Electric Picnic, Another Love Story, Vantastival and many more.

He has also supported some of Ireland’s great artists, including Lisa Hannigan, Damien Dempsey, John Sheehan, Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke.

Declan is a huge fan of Graham’s work, describing him as:
“A very talented, original young songwriter with all the trademarks of a great career ahead”.

His first single, 'The Quiet Man' was released in February 2020 and his next single, ‘I Am’ is due for release in Spring 2020.

"Best new guitar player I've heard for years."
Luka Bloom

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Upcoming Gigs

  5 Apr 2020 22:00 Egan's Bar , Main Street, Liscannor, Co. Clare   Egan's Liscannor    
  8 Apr 2020 21:00 Eclectics, The Black Gate, Francis Street St Francis St, Galway, H91 R6P3   Eclectics w/ The Silken Same    
  12 Apr 2020 19:00 the Valley House , Achill Island, Co Mayo   Valley House Sessions - Achill    
  15 Apr 2020 21:00 Bridge Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo   Bridge of Song