Debut EP hits all right notes
It would be fair to say that the Wexford music scene is enjoying somewhat of a golden period.
Artists such as Paul Creane and the Changing Band, Cornerboy and The Man Whom are gaining national attention and there seems to be no end to the level of talent riding the wave behind them. One such talent is 17-year-old Castlebridge man, Niall Cash.
A singer-songwriter in every sense of the world, this softly spoken young man exudes a confidence and feeling from his music that belies his tender years.
'I've been playing guitar and singing since I was about nine,' said Niall. 'I probably started writing songs at around 12 or 13 and this year I've been playing as many gigs as possible around town.'
This summer was a busy one for Niall as he set about recording his first three-track EP, entitled 'Plans I've Made', which was launched in August, and it's something which he is extremely proud of. 'It was recorded during the summer with Stephen Tallon in his studio,' he said. 'Then it was sent off to Tennessee to be mastered and then I had a launch night in Wexford Arts Centre. I'm delighted with how it turned out and I've had some great feedback.'
Niall lists Ben Howard and Jason Mraz as his musical influences, and the soft vocal patterns and intricate guitar lines of Howard clearly influence his three track EP, which can be purchased at Wexford Arts Centre, with a sample available on Niall's Facebook page.
It's not all rock n' roll for Niall however, he also has to take some time to deal with the small matter of the Leaving Cert this year. 'I'm in sixth year in St Peter's College at the moment,' he said.
'I played a good bit around Wexford during the summer, but I suppose I'll have to put my head into the Leaving Cert this year. I'm still trying to keep playing though, but I'll probably have to keep it to one gig a month.'
Niall is hoping to go on to study music technology in Limerick or music performance in DIT.