Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’ music has won him fans across the globe.
But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend - live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.
And you can see him in action tonight as he returns to The Stables following his hugely successful appearance last year supporting Eddi Reader.
“This is my third or fourth time at the stables and I always love playing there,” Kieran told the Citizen.
“The tour with Eddi was brilliant and the opportunity to play to her audience has really helped this tour.
“I’ll be trying out a few new songs but of course playing old favourites like ‘just around the corner’ which alot of people over here know from the singing of mary black and ‘out of my head’ which was a number one in ireland for me.
“But I think the most important thing to say is that the shows are not just about the songs. I love to chat to the audience and have fun on stage, explaining a bit about my background and upbringing in Ireland.
“Some songs make you cry and some songs make you feel good. For me the central thing is that the song works on its own without explanation.
“I have no problem acknowledging my influences: kris kristofferson, planxty, james taylor etc… but from a melodic point of view i’m more influenced by the beatles than any country or folk artist.
“For me, the journey of an artist is to find his own voice and that is always a process.
“I don’t know if i’ll ever arrive but i’m getting better!
“I like to think that people leave the show smiling.”
His performance has the audience in stitches one minute, then suddenly you’re held in a trance by his mesmerising performance of heartfelt folk songs.
“I love singing and performing and I see it as a privilege to live this life, so i never take that for granted,” Kieran said.
“It’s important to be really present on stage. it’s not enough to just churn out the hits.
“I talk to the audience and especially on solo tours, there’s great space to improvise and go off chart.
“I do write set lists, but I rarely keep to it.
“This year i’m playing around 200 shows in six different countries so it’s busy. I travel with my wife, Annie, and after this tour in the UK, we go home to the west coast of ireland for the summer and just relax for a while.
“Then in September we’re back over here and then on to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which takes us right up to chrstmas. “In the summer I’ll be doing a bit of writing and recording and then early next year, I’ll be making a new album.”
Kieran’s performance at The Stables is on stage two at 8.45pm and there are only a few tickets left!
Call the box office on 01908 280800.