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Shine On Through with Conor O'Donoghue

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by Karli Sample (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Sydney.
Published January 24th 2023
Conor O'Donoghue

Is Conor O'Donoghue a band name like PJ Harvey insomuch as it's lead by one person, but comprised of a consistent line-up?
It is pretty much like that; I have a consistent revolving bunch of musician friends that jump in to play whether it being live or in the studio. They all have different approaches and styles, so I like playing with whomever suits stylistically for a project/run of shows. It also comes down to who is available!

Are your guitar and songsmith skills derived from countless hours of bedroom practice?
Absolutely, particularly during my teenage years. I would listen to songs most afternoons after school and figure out how to play them and what was going on in the songs. I also took classical lessons for a short period during that time to widen my abilities. Studying music at a tertiary level also benefited my songwriting knowledge when it came to theoretical components.

Describe the new single in a sentence or two (must include a colour, a vehicle and a time in history)
1973 Blue Ford Falcon XB, I just like that car. However, I would say that the single is reminiscent for me of 1980's Australian bands that I love such as Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church etc.

In a parallel universe where your bands are individuals, who could Conor O'Donoghue beat in an arm wrestle and who would be their most worthy arch-nemesis? (Stadium Rock acts only)
Ye (Formerly known as Kanye) for both for sure.

You are a long-time Blue Mountains resident, has the city provided you with more inspiration to write, or only more opportunities to play?
When I relocated from the Blue Mountains to the city, It gave me much more opportunities to play and consequently, more inspiration to write. A lot of great musicians are originally from the Blue Mountains; however, I feel I know quite a few that have also relocated to Sydney due to there just not being enough opportunity and scope for performance in the mountains, (considering there's really only a handful of live music venues).

Where will you play during this single's promo tour?
I'll be having a single launch show at Kelly's on King in Newtown on the 4th of Feb 2023. I'll also be playing 3rd March 2023 at Link & Pin (Woy Woy). I'll also be doing a bunch of solo gigs:

The Dock, Redfern - 5th Feb, 2023
The Ori, Springwood - 10th Feb, 2023
White Bay Beer Co, Rozelle - 12th Feb, 2023
The Dock, Redfern - 16th Feb, 2023
The Henry, Lawson - 25th Feb, 2023

Conor O'Donoghue's single Shine On Through out 23rd Jan, 2023!

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