Portlaoise, County Laois
James O Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer and recording artist. James has studied at BIMM Dublin for a BA in commercial and modern music while also writing, recording, performing new material. During 2014 James continued to develop his status as a performer in venues around Ireland. He appeared in venues including Sweeny’s, the Workman’s Club, The Button factory, and Whelan’s in Dublin as well as a residency in Kavanaghs in Portlaoise.
James released an album, “Behind the Scenes” to critical and popular acclaim in 2014. Hot Press described the first track “Tightrope” as “a terrific start…Kinks- like observational vignettes”. Elsewhere the album is described as “celebrating the joys of living” and containing “a subtle shuffle of a rhythm and yearning lyrics”.
Frank’s Shed TV described James as “a top class folk star… amazing to behold and a shear master of his craft”.
Don Baker referred to “Behind the Scenes” as “a fantastic piece of work, I love the truth of it…the honesty… excellent writing”.
Also in 2014 James played in support to Andy Irvine at the Arts Centre in Kilcullen in County Kildare and released a single CD, “Warmth of a Smile” in aid of the Midlands Simon Community.
James performed on the Late Late Show with Cathy Davey, Neil Hannon, and Sharon Shannon as a backing vocalist on the promotion of the album “Oscar the Hypno Dog” in late 2013.
James has also played a number of shows across Ireland and the UK and has opened for a range of artists such as The Walls, Steve Wickham, Mick Flannery, The 4 of Us, Jerry Fish, Duke Special, John Spillane, Liam O Maonlai, O-Emperor, Don Baker, Pat Macmanus and Damien Dempsey.
He has also performed at a number of festivals including the Cosby stage at Electric Picnic, Lissadell Fringe festival, the main stage at Helium Festival, the Westport Bluegrass festival and the Fortstock festival.
Together with Audrey Trainor James released a single CD “Mr Fake” which was produced by Chris O Brien and Graham Murphy from the Production Suite in June 2011.The single reached No. 22 in the Irish Top 50 singles charts.
James released an EP CD “Falling Up” in April 2010 which reached the no.9 spot in the Irish Top 50 singles charts.
Previously James did a short tour in the US with collaborator Audrey Trainor recording an album “After Hours” at the Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee. The album was released as a limited edition in October 2009.