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Col Patterson tackles adversity and anxiety on new single ‘Upside’

May 12, 2023

‘Upside’ is the new single by Kildare songwriter Col Patterson and the follow up to the Radio hit “Bedford Falls”.

Col says: “Upside is all about overcoming adversity. In my case, it is about overcoming challenges like social anxiety and agoraphobia. Believing in the ability of all of us to overcome our fears.”

The song is produced by Col’s long-time producer, Martin Quinn.

His previous single, ‘Bedford Falls’, was performed live on Irish TV on “THE LATE LATE SHOW” in December and featured on several radio stations, including RTE Radio One, Newstalk, Today FM, NOVA, KFM, BBC Merseyside, KCLR, Beat 103, Celtic Music radio, Midlands 103, Dublin City Fm and Northern Sound among others.

‘Upside’ will be available on iTunes, Spotify and on all digital platforms as well as on Bandcamp from 5th May 2023.

More new singles and an Album, ‘Dare You Come to Mind’, will be released in later in 2023.

In 2015, along with his cousins, Col formed ‘The Vinylheads’ and recorded an album with legendary Irish producer Martin Quinn at Jam Studios. The Album ‘Kicks’ was released that year to critical acclaim, with songs receiving airplay on RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk & BBC 6Music, the title track being Tom Robinson’s personal “Recommends” pick. Col and his cousins played the ‘Fortstock’ festival in Monaghan on the same bill as Midge Ure.

In 2017, Col Patterson released his debut album ‘Hangover Moon’ under his own name. Singles such as ‘Glide’, ‘Hard To Believe’ and ‘Angels on the Wave’ were championed by John Creedon, Cathal Murray and co on RTE Radio One, and once again reviews were very kind!

The ‘Hangover Moon’ Album received 4/5 stars in a review by Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Times:

Hangover Moon is Patterson in a solo capacity, and it’s a much more private experience, as the songs touch on acutely personal topics (including loss, injustice, love, mental health, family). The narrative load, however, is lessened somewhat by a collection of remarkably poised, crisp, and light-fingered tunes that will have you whistling away without permission. There are many highlights, including Angels on the Wave, Woodshed, Hard to Believe, the title track and Big Lie World, each of which have a sunburst pop finish that belies their sober, saying-it-like-it-is lyrics.”

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