- 25 Jul 18
Steo Wall is set to join the likes of Damien Dempsey and Shane McGowan as a pioneering voice in Irish folk music. He talks to Peter McGoran about touring with the former, the importance of his Traveller heritage, and his blistering debut album Where I’m From.
Having grown up in Shankill, South Dublin, Steo Wall experienced a deep fascination with music from an early age. He wrote poems and short stories as a kid and tried his hands at the guitar as a youngster, but it wasn’t until he packed up his stuff and left Dublin, moving to the vibrant local music scene in North Clare seven years ago, that he began to take music seriously as a career.
“It was exactly because it was remote that I felt I had the opportunity to write,” says Steo. “When I started, I kept asking myself, ‘Am I gonna be a folk artist? Do I want to do rap? Spoken word?’ Then I thought, ‘That’s kind of X-Factor shit. I don’t need to have those limits. I’m gonna do all of those.’”