Participant is Stephen Tiernan, a songwriter and producer from Dublin, Ireland. Having experimented with ambient textures, sampling and live instrumentation across 2 EP’s and several singles, Tiernan now finds himself stripping back the layers and demonstrating a more nuanced and immediate approach to his songwriting.
‘Coast’, (Released Oct 10) is the first single taken from his new EP, ‘Modern Retelling’, due for release in 2019. ‘Coast’, is a folk-inspired rumination on mortality, doubt and nervousness. Recorded in his home studio in Dublin, ‘Coast’ features Tiernan’s intimate vocal and pulsing fingerpicked acoustic guitar, eventually making way for swelling strings by Éna Brennan – aka Dowry.
Fittingly, Participant and Dowry embark on a Double Headline Irish Tour this November with UK and European Shows in the works for early 2019.
Nov 15 – BelloBar – Dublin
Nov 16 – Brewery Corner – Kilkenny
Nov 22 – The Record Room – Limerick
Nov 23 – The Roundy – Cork
Speaking about writing ‘Coast’ Tiernan had this to say –
‘When I was writing Coast I was attempting to rationalise feelings of fear and doubt and capture the inner voice during these moments. Those few long seconds before you realise everything is actually ok, you can relax.’