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.
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. There is also a NEW selection of songs to be released throughout 2020 (with the first song "Ties that Bind" released in January) - so be sure to follow him on social media and on your music streaming provider!
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)
His 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 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)