On the road with Conor Quinn

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Conor Quinn, one of the most popular contestant on RTÉ’s ‘The Voice’ last year, where he was mentored by Bressie, is preparing to release his debut EP and recently assembled a new band after holding auditions in Mullingar. Amongst the musicians called-up to join him on his musical journey was guitarist Kevin Farrell from Longford.

Conor Quinn, one of the most popular contestant on RTÉ’s ‘The Voice’ last year, where he was mentored by Bressie, is preparing to release his debut EP and recently assembled a new band after holding auditions in Mullingar. Amongst the musicians called-up to join him on his musical journey was guitarist Kevin Farrell from Longford.

“I’m not really a fan of those kind of TV shows, but I saw him on The Voice and really liked his voice,” Kevin says. “I went to the auditions at the Yo Yo Club in Mullingar with my acoustic guitar and had a bit of a jamming session with some of the other musicians there. A few days later I got a call back from Conor’s manager, who sent me on some of his songs to learn.”

Speaking about Conor’s songwriting process, Kevin reveals that he has been working with some big names: “Bressie has been involved in a bit of the process, and Conor has been co-writing and recording songs with Tom Fuller, who has been working with people like Dappy recently.”

Working with a group of people he didn’t know felt unusual at first, but Kevin soon settled in. “It felt a bit strange at first,” he admits. “But after we all went for a few pints and got to know each other a bit, it was all good. Conor’s a nice lad and all of us in the band are getting on really well. Our drummer, Gus, has a recording studio down in Carlow and we’ll be heading down there to rehearse and record demos.”

Apart from working on new material with Conor, Kevin will also be joining him on his upcoming tour. “By the end of May we’ll be ready to go. Conor’s manager, Terry, and his wife are busy sorting it at the moment,” he explains. “We’ll basically be playing venues right across Ireland and we’ll even be playing at a few festivals, like Electric Picnic.”

Kevin also added that a FundIt Campaign has been launched to help finance the recording of Conor Quinn’s EP. The website address is http://www.fundit.ie/project/conor-quinn-debut-ep.