How would you describe your sound?

For me my style has changed over the years, now I tend to take pop songs and break them down to a soft acoustic take to create a softer relaxing tone.

What genre/genres do you consider your music to be?

I’d consider myself to be on the spectrum of soft ballad/pop but try to branch out to create more unique takes on songs, it’s difficult to place exactly what genre I’d put my style in but probably closest to indie.

How long have you been performing?

I started learning the guitar when I was 12 and had my first performance at 14, I went on to do special events like weddings or standard pub gigs which I’ve been doing for about eight years now.

Where do you perform?

I’ve performed in most pubs in Enniskillen and mostly play in the likes of the Firehouse or the Mayfly in Kesh.

What is your favourite song to play and why?

My favourite song to play is ‘Blame It on Me’ by George Ezra cause it allows me to have a bit of fun and be more active in the performance, the opposite end would be ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline as I set a peaceful relaxing mood with it.

What has been your biggest gig to date?

My biggest gig was probably the finals of the Irish Youth Music awards in Dublin back in 2014 for a crowd of 900 plus people when I won the heats for Fermanagh.

Any funny gig/rehearsal stories?

Probably when I went into one of the local pubs to stop for a drink with a few friends, the manager approached me saying his musician had called sick and was stuck for an act. So I had to leave my friends and be the entertainment for the evening, very unexpected gig but luckily I had my guitar in another pub from a gig the night before.

Who are your major influences?

Definitely Ben Howard and Foy Vance.

Do you write your own songs? What inspires your songwriting?

I do write my own songs but I haven’t really performed a lot of them at my live gigs as people tend to like things they’ve heard before and can sing along to, but I like picking from past experience or creating hypothetical situations and writing songs around that.

What would be your dream gig?

My dream gig would be to play in one of the bigger pubs in Dublin like The Temple Bar, a simple pub with a packed-out crowd there to sing along and have a good time.

Best moment as a musician so far?

The best moments about doing this is being recognised for it, it’s nice when you’re out in the town and someone stops you and says “weren’t you the guy who played at...”, it’s nice to be memorable for doing what you love doing.

What is the most unusual venue you have played?

I once played a gig in Forthill for a children’s pirate evening... that was an interesting setting.

What is your ‘go-to’ encore song?

Can’t go wrong with ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond.

What’s the best thing about performing?

It’s easy to lose yourself for a few moments and allow the performance to flow naturally, hours go by in minutes, it’s a nice escape from reality.

Do you always perform solo or do you also play with a band?

I usually play solo but before we both went our separate ways for university I would play gigs with my friend Patrick Mulligan, we called ourselves “Class of 2” because we met in our music class in school for A-Levels and ended up being the only two pupils in the classroom by the end.

Do you have any gigs coming up?

I have next year lined up for a few gigs in the Mayfly in Kesh, the next one is on December 28.

Any last words?

Any other musicians that are starting off but are apprehensive about singing in front of people, just go for it.

It’s scary at first but you will grow to never want to get off the stage.he stage.