Al O'Kane is a West Country troubadour who folds Jimi Hendrix into the sound of Celtic resistance rock n' roll. Part Waterboys, part Velvet Underground, Al's music is a cry for action - nestled into a fiery acoustic blend.
2020 got off to a good start with Al performing a prime slot to a packed crowd at Glastonbury Calling Festival, he came second in the GC songwriting competition and had an exclusive song featured on the festival's compilation album (available on bandcamp). He's also released a NEW selection of songs throughout 2020 (with the fourth song "Black Lullaby" OUT NOW) - so be sure to follow him on social media and your chosen music streaming service.
Having been crowned winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Open Mic competition, 2019 was a momentous year. Al completed a successful independent European solo tour where he performed 12 gigs over 10 days in 3 different countries.
Over the last year or so, Al has been fortunate enough to play at Glastonbury Festival (in the Avalon Cafe) and numerous other gigs supporting the likes of Eddie Martin, Martha Tilston, Cara Dillon, Ben Ottewell, White Lies and Nick Harper.
"Al is set for big things - beautiful and catchy songs" (BBC Somerset)
Along with the four songs from this year, the self-titled debut album is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon etc. The album was mixed and co-produced by Steve Evans (Robert Plant, Goldfrapp) and features 11 tracks with an incredible group of acoustic musicians.
"The songs I write are a swampy and folky mix that I call West Country gumbo from the Somerset Delta. All based on my imagination, spirituality, humour, opinions and experiences in life, whether that's people or situations I've encountered or an inner exploration on a certain feeling or topic, it all depends on the vibe I'm going for and what head-space I'm in when I write... my main aim is to get something different whilst staying true to myself" (Al O'Kane)
“His high energy performance was fantastic and his soulful tunes are a pleasure to listen to. Al really believes in his songs, and to see that on stage is very special!” (UNDERGROUND SOUNDS)