Over the past few years Graham has toured with Declan O'Rourke, supported Mick Flannery and Damien
Dempsey, and played hundreds of solo gigs at venues all over the country. He also recorded
and released his first album, Closing Time.
He was nominated for Best Male Solo Act in the Pure M Awards 2015, and played at several
festivals including Electric Picnic for two years running, Body and Soul, Vantastival, Spirit
of Folk, Ballinamore Free Fringe, The Secret Village Festival and Battle for the Lake. Performing
on stage is Graham’s true passion in life, and last year he was delighted to be given the
opportunity to support Damien Dempsey on Inis Oirr alongside Declan O'Rourke and John Sheahan
of The Dubliners.
He is no stranger to Irish radio, having performed on several stations including Today FM
on The Last Word with Matt Cooper and The Phil Cawley Show, and recently his music has been
getting international airplay as far afield as the U.S.A. In December 2015 Graham released
a single entitled 'I Am', with all proceeds going towards Galway Hospice in memory of a good
friend who spent her last days there. The single is available for 99c on iTunes and Google
play, along with a host of other download sites. Graham spent the first few months of 2016
travelling around America, meeting people and working on new material. In San Francisco he
teamed up with John Michael Berry, founder of Million Dollars Music, and the two of them
worked closely together for several weeks.
Two very different styles came together as Graham and John bounced off each other, sharing
ideas and influences, and working with one common goal in mind: making quality music. After
an eventful summer back in Ireland, with some truly inspiring gigs and very well received
festival performances, Graham is now turning his attention back to the studio.
Eager to harness
the energy of a bigger sound and very keen to record some of his new tracks in a more collaborative
vein, Graham aims to create an album that captures some of the magic experienced over the
last few months. "I have been lucky enough to surround myself with some amazing musicians
that really get what I'm trying to achieve. Thankfully they reckon that the notion of giving
my music some time in the studio is worth exploring, so I'd be mad not to!" Graham quips.
That may be so, but perhaps 2018 and this upcoming album might just be the catalyst to exposing
an unsuspecting world to the talent that is Graham Sweeney.