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Oscar Blue

Folk // Killaloe Co. Clare, Clare // He/Him

From a rural village boasting two churches, a pub and a GAA pitch in western Irish County Clare, Oscar Blue is a 23 year old artist and songsmith. The young musician began his journey 10 years ago aged 13, with songs written at the foot of his bed, first finding their feet on the open mic stages of local pubs, before migrating by bus to the busy busking streets of Dublin and Galway. Invoking an unsuspectingly familiar sense of belonging, attachment and nostalgia in his storytelling, Oscar Blue transports his listeners to some other place or feeling, meditating on his experience of life in an instinctively uninhibited style.

His debut string of singles (2018/19,) recorded on a shoestring budget in a small home recording studio, have remarkably gone on to be streamed over 6 million times globally and demonstrate the acoustic nuts and bolts of the folk genre which underpin Oscar's writing. However, recent times have seen Oscar Blue's sound evolve to incorporate soaring guitar riffs, meandering soundscapes and spell-binding bass and percussive elements which point to more contemporary indie, rock and pop influences. A storyteller at heart, his songs blend soul and celebration, melody and melancholy in equal measure.

Having spent pandemic times working in collaboration with renowned producer Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline etc). The release of his debut 'Backyard Mafia EP' is set to be the most exciting catalyst yet in Oscar Blue's development.