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Ryan Sheridan #30bandsin30days

Another busker from Ireland. Ryan was spotted busking on Grafton Street in Dublin and managed to get himself a record deal, which lead to the release of his first single called “Jigsaw”

Quick Facts

Started In: 2010

Hometown: County Monaghan

Members and Instruments: Ryan Sheridan (vocals, guitar).  Although Ryan is known as a solo artist, he usually performs with his band. Artur Graczyk was the percussionist on the first album, since 2013 it’s Nicky Brennan (electric guitar, backing vocals), Darren Sweeney (bass guitar, backing vocals, keys). Jimmy Rainsford used to play drums for Ryan, but recently started his own band, so the new drummer hasn’t been announced yet.

Best Song In Our Opinion:  The Dreamer and I’m alive

Connection to The Script:  Ryan supported The Script at a few gigs in 2011

Gig Review

It was my second time seeing Ryan live and I was really looking forward to it, as my last gig was 2 years ago and I knew what a powerful concert would be waiting for me.

Me being paranoid as usually, I was there hours before the gig started and pretty much freezed my butt off. In the end it was all worth it and I was standing in front of Jimmy’s drum kit, waiting anxiously for them to come on.

Ryan opened his set with an energetic song from his recent album with the same title “Here and now”, which made me dance straight away.  Saying I was overly excited is an understatement. Although Ryan is known for uptempo songs, with a lot of power, representing the “typical” Irish busker, it’s the quiet songs which make his gigs special for me. Songs like “Worlds apart” is a definitely tear-jerker and is underestimated by many.


It was a lovely surprise when Ryan asked his support act Ida Gard back on stage for a great cover of the song “Wicked games” as their voices harmonized perfectly. I guess no one expected them to sing this song at all.

While Ryan on his own is a great artist, the combination with his band makes it truly special. Each and every one of them is crazily talented which they showed off in a little battle in between songs. I could have just listened to them playing their instruments all night, but then again, how can you not love the Irish accent?!


Besides the well-known songs from his first album “The day you live forever”, Ryan also played new songs and also a song called “Home” which he wrote for the Irish movie Mrs. Brown’s boys, that left the room completely silent throughout the song.

As the evening was coming to an end, I was a bit worried he wouldn’t play I’m alive, as it is one of my favourite songs, but Ryan never disappoints and closed the set with it. My highlight was definitely when he unplugged his guitar, played the song acoustic and came down into the crowd. It showed once again how tight the bond between Ryan and his fans is. I left the gig on such a high, singing the songs on my way back home.


What’s coming next?

Ryan is currently working on his new album. He recently announced tourdates for this fall, which you can check out on his website

You can also hear one of his new songs there, so go check it out 😉

3 comments on “Ryan Sheridan #30bandsin30days

  1. therealheatherpaige
    21 April, 2016

    Awesome post, Nads!


  2. Silvia Writes
    21 April, 2016

    Not a familiar artist, but glad to have gotten to know about him. He sounds pretty awesome. Thank you.


  3. Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin
    22 April, 2016

    Out blog hopping from North Carolina during the #Challenge. Congratulations on all the work you have done to participate. A great theme, maybe beyond my demographics, but learning from other bloggers is great.I am visiting on the letter S day. I have been writing about hotels and inns this year as my theme. I stayed in a wonderful hotel in Seattle that made it into a second novel I wrote. If you have time or interest, please visit. Cheers.


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