Following the success of the singles “You Don’t Dance”, “Oh Susannah” and “Bowie on the Radio” (almost 8 million streams) the young Portaferry songwriter returns with his heart on his sleeve and a beautifully bittersweet pop ballad, “In the Back of My Mind”. Blessed with an effortlessly sublime voice reminiscent of Paolo Nutini and early Tom Waits, Ryan McMullan delivers yet another soul-nourishing singalong, full of warmth and charm.
Ryan’s signature vocal and evocative wordplay take us to a place in time where we have all been; the misty-eyed recollection of young love gone awry and the ever-present sense of longing and regret. The musical arrangement is a classic blend of guitar, piano, strings and percussion, poised at all times to complement and embolden the mood of the singer.
“Songs like this have the power to express what we’re feeling at a certain time of your life. It’s a little snapshot into mine…”
Off the back of a five-week US tour supporting Snow Patrol, Ryan is fired up and eagerly awaiting a string of summer festivals across Ireland and special guest appearances opening for The Coronas in Galway and Limerick. Added to the summer schedule is Ryan’s debut appearance at the prestigious Glastonbury festival.
Armed with his back-catalogue of beautifully crafted songs, Ryan will no doubt be teasing audiences with early glimpses of his forthcoming record, an album rumoured to feature the songwriting talents of mentors Foy Vance and Ed Sheeran.
“In The Back Of My Mind is an honest portrayal of a relationship that didn’t end well. It’s my way to help let go of what once was. For me, it was a comfort and hopefully, it can be for others.”
Sat 01 Jun – IRELAND | Letterkenny Oakfest
Sun 02 Jun – IRELAND | Limerick Long Way Home
Fri 28 Jun – UK, Somerset | Glastonbury Festival
Fri 26 Jul – UK, Penrith | Kendal Calling
Sun 28 Jul – IRELAND, Galway | Big Top, International Arts Festival
Sat 03 Aug – IRELAND, Mitchelstown | Indiependence Festival
Sat 10 Aug – UK, Newquay | Boardmasters Festival
Wed 14 Aug – IRELAND | Drogheda The Fleadh Festival
Sat 17 Aug – UK, Belfast | Custom House Square Belfast
Fri 23 Aug – UK, Warwickshire | Camper Calling