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. He is influenced by many different styles of music and his inspiration comes from a wide range of sources, from English literature and poetry to the characters he comes across in daily life.
Over the past few years Graham has toured with Declan O'Rourke, supported Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and Damien Dempsey, and played hundreds of solo gigs at venues all over the country. He also recorded and released his first album, Closing Time. Graham has played at several festivals including Electric Picnic for four years running, Body and Soul, Another Love Story, Vantastival, Spirit of Folk, Ballinamore Free Fringe, The Secret Village Festival and Battle for the Lake. Performing on stage is Graham’s true passion in life, and he was delighted to be given the opportunity to support Damien Dempsey on Inis Oirr alongside Declan O'Rourke and John Sheahan of The Dubliners. He is no stranger to Irish radio, having performed on several stations including Today FM on The Last Word with Matt Cooper and The Phil Cawley Show, and recently his music has been getting international airplay as far afield as the U.S.A. In December 2015 Graham released a single entitled 'I Am', with all proceeds going towards Galway Hospice in memory of a good friend who spent her last days there.
Graham spent the first few months of 2016 travelling around America, meeting people and working on new material. In San Francisco he teamed up with producer John Michael Berry, and the two of them worked closely together for several weeks. Two very different styles came together as Graham and John bounced off each other, sharing ideas and influences, and working with one common goal in mind: making quality music.
After an eventful summer gigging in Ireland and Germany, with some truly inspiring gigs and very well received festival performances, Graham is now turning his attention to releasing the music which has been in the making for the past three years. Starting with 'Paddy Song', the first single with an official music video to be released from the new record. Now available to watch on YouTube.
Perhaps 2019 and this upcoming album might just be the catalyst to exposing an unsuspecting world to the talent that is Graham Sweeney.
The new record produced by John Michael Berry and engineered by Lance Hogan will include the first tracks recorded in San Francisco, snippets from Berlin along with the works recorded with full band in Ireland.
"A very talented, original young songwriter with all the trademarks of a great career ahead."
"Best new guitar player I've heard for years."