Theatre Royal, 15th July, 8.30pm
Ashley Sheehan has spent the lockdown writing and recording what will be the sixth studio album under the banner of Fighting Spiders. The album is due for a vinyl release sometime this summer. Himself and the Spiders shall be re-embarking on the Irish tour that was cut short after its first show in Whelan’s at the start of the first lockdown, over 2 years ago. With a new band and a new album on the way Ashley and Co are eager to be back out there doing those long-awaited gigs.
Oran Byrne is a singer-songwriter based in Waterford, Ireland. Byrne quickly exploded onto the Waterford music scene in 2021 with his hit single ‘Paranoia’. After releasing four singles consecutively throughout 2021, Byrne released his debut album ‘Moving Forward’ on May 6th, 2022 – an eight-track album which explores themes such as fear, loneliness, and abandonment, accompanied by rich, uplifting, upbeat, and sometimes, gloomy, haunting melodies. His biggest influences both musically and lyrically are The Beatles and Arctic Monkeys. This is particularly evident in his song writing, as he tends to embrace the rich harmonies that defined The Beatles in his own music, coupled with the softly sung poetic lyrics that John Lennon and Alex Turner are noted for.
Theatre Royal Waterford, 051 874402