Causeway Chronicle

OSCAR BLUE at Lavery’s, Belfast



Influenced at a formative age by the passion and integrity of Irish folk icons such as Damien Dempsey and the contemporary indie/rock sound of bands like Snow Patrol, Oscar Blue is an emerging artist and songsmith with a passion for storytelling.

Invoking an unsuspectingly familiar sense of belonging, attachment and nostalgia in his listeners, Oscar Blue’s songwriting can transport you to some other place or feeling, meditating on his experience of life in an instinctively honest and uninhibited style.
His debut string of singles (2018/19,) recorded on a shoestring budget in a small home recording studio, have remarkably gone on to be streamed over 6 million times globally and demonstrate the acoustic nuts and bolts of the folk genre which underpin the Co. Clare native’s writing. However, recent times have seen Oscar Blue’s sound evolve to incorporate soaring guitar riffs, meandering soundscapes and spell-binding bass and percussive elements which point to more contemporary indie, rock and pop influences. This sound has best been demonstrated on his debut “Backyard Mafia EP”, released in October of last year, which lead the Co. Clare native to land national Irish radio play, support slots with internationally acclaimed bands such as Kodaline and KAWALA, as well as sold out headline gigs in Dublin and London.

Oscar has recently joined forces with Pure Represents, who are the booking agents for some of his favourite artists such as George Ezra, Holly Humberstone, Paolo Nutini and more. With both a UK and Irish tour set to be announced in early April, including main stage slots at acclaimed festivals Indiependence and Sea Sessions, 2023 is set to be another exciting chapter in Oscar Blue’s journey. Join him.


Maurice Bradley