Singer-songwriter Dean Gurrie comes Calling with fine debut album

Dean Gurrie.
Dean Gurrie.

Songwriter Dean Gurrie, a native of Sligo, will play the Backstage Bar at Monroe’s in Galway City on Friday next, March 24.

Dean released his debut album, The Calling, last year. It was recorded at Edenvella Studios and mixed and mastered by the renowned UK producer/engineer Ian Caple, who has worked with such artists as Kate Bush, Ryan Adams and Tricky.

Dean recorded his first single, 14 Days, in 2000 and subsequently toured the country extensively, supporting acts like The 4 of Us and The Frames. He then took a step back from the stage but continued his love affair with his music and song writing.

Since re-entering the music scene in 2012, he has opened for acts like Ryan Sheridan, Paddy Casey, Sharon Shannon and Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock. He has also done the festival circuit, appearing at Sea Sessions, Sligo Live, Rock ‘n The Green and the Sligo Summer Festival.

Dean released The Calling in September of last year, launching it with the single Gimme A Chance.  The video featured acclaimed stand-up Joe Rooney, who is well-known for his role as Fr Damo in Father Ted. Directed by Sid Rainey, the video sees Rooney playing someone who is struggling with writer’s block, revealed in an increasingly demented series of close-ups. It’s worth checking out, as is his show next week.

■ Tickets are €10/€7 online.