Having grown up in the idyllic surroundings of County Clare, in the west of Ireland, Padjo Dolan has written songs tirelessly since he was a teenager and has formed numerous bands throughout school and college where he studied in Galway. A city known for its nurturing of musical talent. Having honed his skillset, he decided he was going to give it everything in 2019 and began writing and recording, readying himself to share his tapestry of carefully crafted music by the means of a debut album.
The timing was not great, but he believes the end result is a testament to perseverance and the essence of this shines through on the album. Citing major influences such as legendary guitar riff bands and artists like U2, Oasis, Bon Jovi, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen and any artist who unapologetically sets out to impact the world by telling their story.
‘Blunder’ is Padjo’s debut offering: “The idea for the song had been in my head for probably 5 / 6 years. It took a while for me to muster up the conviction to record it and get it out into the world. The song pretty much sums a period of time for me as a teenager / young adult where I had no clue what I was doing with my life. Every day was a mystery and every day had the potential for chaos (and a few Blunders of which there was no shortage!). I was living one day at a time and having a ball.
I didn’t have a bob to my name and every move I made was closely followed by my auld lad shaking his head in disbelief. I feel like everybody will be able to relate to that in some capacity! It is a feel-good track that brings me back to those carefree summer days which everybody is longing for after a tough year in hibernation.“
It is Padjo’s hope that the track can lift the nation as we progress out of the pandemic. The track is a sign of things to come – High Energy, Rocking tunes – as the balance of Padjo’s debut album is nearing completion.
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