Ryan McMullan is the real deal. Having been blessed
with a voice that can shift effortlessly between the
angelic and the guttural he has also honed a song writing
craft which exploits the incredible versatility and
power of his god given instrument.
Growing up in picturesque Portaferry, on the shores
of Strangford lough and in sight of the Mourne Mountains,
Ryan was formed by the traditional music and pub sing-alongs
with which rural villages in Ireland are indelibly linked.
However this gives only a portion of the story, as a
member of an unashamedly post-MTV generation he was
always on the hunt for more diverse influences from
bubblegum pop, to hip hop, to hard rock and blues.
Ryan has already earned a formidable reputation in
the European live music scene. After spending many years
developing a dedicated local following (and gaining
the favour of personal heroes such as Foy Vance and
Gary Lightbody) in 2017 he supported Ed Sheeran on Eds
arena tour. Perhaps more pertinently, this was followed
up with his own (largely sold out) UK and European Headline
tour complete with a triumphant homecoming Gig in Belfast.
It was for this homecoming that Ryan joined the select
few who have sold out the venue in question (The Limelight)
prior to releasing their debut album - a select few
which includes The Strokes and very nearly
Oasis (only nearly though).
As anticipation now builds for the debut Album; talk
amongst fans new and old has been which of the songs
from a various well received independently released
EPs might make the cut. Though those who have
followed Ryans career most closely will surely
realise by now that the true excitement should be derived
from what has yet to come and what has thus far merely
been hinted at