Breaking the mould. Impressive traditional guitar debut from John O' Shea

This track is taken from an album that has just come through our doors and is genuinely exciting.  

The album is called Irish Guitar and the artist is John O' Shea.

Its the first fingerstyle guitar album we have received that has managed to overcome the problem of "sameness" that can blight such albums.  John brings a bit grit and guttural rawness to the tracks.  Have a listen to the polkas McAuliffe's/The Glen Cottage Boys/Two Little Goats below for an introduction.

There is a fine selection of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and a composition by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.  John is also joined by fiddler Anna Jane Ryan for a couple of tracks for the all important change in sound.

John has been described as "Part of a new breed of Irish home in many genres and is emerging as one of the most exciting musicians in the country." 

He studied with Michael O’Toole at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and then went on to graduate with a Masters in Music from the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. At USC he studied with Scott Tennant, founding member of the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.  He has also performed as soloist and featured player for the Irish Composers Collective, RTE National Concert Orchestra and the Dublin Philharmonic.

We will get to a full review next week. For more information visit

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