- 26 Apr 21
Watch David Owens’ soulful live concert on the Hot Press Y&E Series – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
From travelling in a camper van and busking across Europe to holding solo concerts in venues like Workman's and The Sugar Club; David Owens has a lot to tell through his sincere songs.
The Scottish-born indie musician lived in Ireland for most of his life, and after studying mathematics in university, he realised that his soul lies elsewhere. Today, he is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter who keeps searching for new ways of self-expression and connecting people through music.
Like for many of us, after staying at home for a year, Owens’ attitude and goals have changed.
"I intend on continuing to write music with more energy than ever, but without any real goals or ambitions," he explains. ‘
"This is a journey I intend to be on for the rest of my life - so I plan on taking it slow."
David Owens joined Hot Press on April 20th for the Y&E concert series with an acoustic vocal set accompanied by guitar and piano. He performed two previously unheard tracks alongside his latest singles ‘Of Course I Do’ and ‘Wish', with numerous other, equally moving songs up his creative sleeve.
Check out his full performance below, and look out for the upcoming Y&E Series livestreams this week.
Monday, April 26: MIA BLACK
From busking in Galway, to sharing her stunning voice with millions of people on YouTube, Mia Black has attracted a major fanbase on these shores and beyond – with over 92,000 YouTube subscribers, and 45,500 followers on Instagram. In addition to her remarkable covers, the 14-year-old singer-songwriter has also been busy writing her own original material – and is poised for a major international breakthrough.
Tuesday, April 27: MATTHEW NOLAN
21-year-old singer-songwriter Matthew Nolan has established himself as a serious force to be reckoned with over the last few years. Following a string of acclaimed solo singles, which have clocked up Spotify streams in their millions, the Drogheda artist found major international success as a member of the group Since September – who won Little Mix: The Search in November, and are set to join Little Mix on their arena tour next year.
Wednesday, April 28: DANI LARKIN
Hailing from the Armagh-Monaghan border, folk artist Dani Larkin has been heralded as one of Ireland's finest songwriters. In addition to high-profile support slots for the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Lisa O'Neill and Joshua Burnside, she made a lauded appearance at this year's Folk Alliance International, and is set to play The Great Escape Online in May. Her highly anticipated debut album, Notes For A Maiden Warrior, is out June 18.
Thursday, April 29: MEL MARYNS
Initially rising to prominence as a busker on St Patrick's Street in Cork and Grafton Street in Dublin, singer-songwriter, musician and producer Mel Maryns has emerged as a captivating talent – with a string of genre-blending singles that draw influence from the legendary likes of Guns N' Roses, Skid Row and Evanescence. She released her latest single, 'Butter Wings', earlier this month.
Friday, April 30: TANAKA X
After establishing himself as a serious force in alternative R&B back in 2018, with a high profile support slot for former JLS member Aston Merrygold, Tanaka X, aka Johnson Tanaka Furusa, stepped back into the spotlight with his debut single, 'Let You Know', last month. The 22-year-old rapper, singer-songwriter and producer – who was crowned the winner of NiStars Talent Competition in 2015, and Belfast Nashville Young Songwriters in 2017 – has built up a reputation as a multi-talented star-in-the-making.
Tuesday, May 1: LUKE POWER
After high profile support slots for Picture This, Luke Power – the son of The Script's drummer Glen Power – took a three-year hiatus from the spotlight. Now he's back with an arsenal of new tracks ready to go. Bringing together elements of electronic music and radio-ready pop, he has emerged as a compelling solo artist, with the release of 'Penance', 'Drinks', 'Every Night' and 'Tell Me Lies' already this year.