Nigel Connell | The Man The Music The Dream
Photography Tremaine Gregg
Nigel is one of those musical talents that flies somewhat under the radar, yet he can get on stage and sings classical with an orchestra; rock the house down with a band and is a natural with country numbers. His vocal talents shine, when you hear him sing his own creations in an acoustic session and tell the story behind the lyrics, his voice is powerful. When you talk to him, you start to realise this is what he really wants – his dream – to be true to himself and move between genres. He has held himself back until now because as a solo artist, he did not fit neatly into any one musical genre. Now I believe Nigel is saying “what the hell” and is going for it as that solo artist, one who will potentially confuse the critics and delight his fans.
Nigel released his new single “Dreamer” on March 23 on the Sharpe Music label and it is a biggie. John Farry and Ralph Murphy are the songwriters. John is Nathan Carter’s manager. He is a well-known songwriter in his own right; Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Marc Roberts and others, have recorded his songs.
“Mysterious Woman” performed by Marc Roberts reached #2 in the Eurovision Song Contest held in London.
Nigel performed “Dreamer” live for the first time this week at his VIP launchevent. The song can hold its own and Nigel wants this to be successful as astandalone number. He connects with the lyrics and he performs it magnificently. His invited guests heard a preview of his set list for his upcoming “Nigel Connell Live” events that feature his own songs and music.
In some ways, the Voice of Ireland saw Nigel step back from his solo performances and he has been concentrating on writing. He is heading back into studio to continue recording his own work. The next Nigel Connell Live event will be on April 20 at the Spirit Store in Dundalk with more dates for Galway, Cork, The Empire Belfast 21st October .
and others in the pipeline. His plan is to go on the road with this show in Ireland, planning Europe and beyond in 2018. Nigel is carving out his own route with his attitude and approach to the industrym being similar to that of his idol Foy Vance. In terms of the big voice, he is like Ireland’s successor to Joe Dolan. His versions of Phil Collins numbers have to be experienced to be appreciated. Many remember the semi-finals of the Voice last year.
He is an unassuming person but when you get him talking you realise the sincerity of the man, his passion for making music, doing it right and the vulnerabilities of a solo career. What I have come to understand is how he lives
the business. I know that under that cap he has plans and ideas that will emerge as he evolves the solo side of his career. You also realise his ability to connect with people, he has fans and supporters right across the globe – his reach is well beyond Athboy, Meath and Ireland
Nigel performs extensively with his band The Madison’s for events and his tribute band Pearl Jem.