Artists

Downda Road Productions- Keith Plunkett

Keith Plunkett

Singer / songwriter

Keith Plunkett has been an aspiring musician since childhood, picking up the guitar at a young age and playing his first gig at the age of just fourteen. Keith started out as a member of a cover band and played with fellow young musicians in his local area, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Throughout his youth Keith experimented with various styles of music however he found he was always most comfortable writing and performing his own material. As he has matured he has developed his own writing style while incorporating his favourite musical styles such as the loop pedal which adds percussion from the guitar and vocal harmonies, giving his gigs another depth.

He is currently a 2nd year student in DKIT, studying Music and Audio Production and is relishing the experience and learning about the other side of the business.

In 2014, he recorded a demo entitled “Long Way Down” in a home recording studio. While working on a second demo song that Keith and some of his friends were producing, Keith garnered the attention of Mike Gleeson, Founder of Downda Road Productions; who invited Keith down to the Golden Egg Studios to record some acoustic covers and demo tracks. Following this recording session Mike was quick to offer Keith a recording contract as he witnessed firsthand his talent and potential. Keith signed with the label in early 2015 and with the tutelage of the Downda Road team has been developing his sound and profile.

Over the last year Keith has seen his profile grow, through his stellar performances he has been invited to play at a number of festivals and events including the Hardly Strictly Acoustic Festival, Le Cheile Festival, Solas Festival, The Secret Village Festival and more! He has played gigs in music venues, pubs and cafes throughout the country including some well know places such as The Spirit Store, The Globe, The Crowbar (Button Factory) and Alice’s Restaurant in Naas where a chance encounter with Paddy Casey has led to him supporting this musical supremo on two occasions, whilst having also supported MTV nominated “Hogan” and others. He has also seen his public profile grow as he has interviews and performances on radio stations such as CCR, Flirt FM, Dundalk FM and Shannon Side. He has grown his fan base exponentially, has been re-recording and tweaking some of his older material and has been writing exciting new material that will be included on this EP.

As well as the release of his debut EP Keith will be performing a track on the up and coming “A Song For Jack and Jill” Charity Album which is donating its proceeds to the Jack and Jill Charity – this track has been chosen to be released as the album’s first single.


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Downda Road Productions - Aoife Leigh

Aoife Leigh

Singer / songwriter

Aoife Leigh is a singer-songwriter from Dublin. Once a former student of Ballyfermot Rock School, Aoife began her musical journey during her school years preforming regularly around Dublin and Meath with traditional folk band ‘De hAoine’ and ‘The Young Dubliners’. Over the years she has collaborated, recorded and preformed with various original artists and cover bands covering a range of musical genres. She had a more recent stint as lead guitarist with soul and motown covers band ‘The All girl Soul Academy’.

Aoife's song writing skills and prowess on the guitar have recently led her to perform in Asia, London and more recently Spain where she had been based for over a year. Since returning to Ireland last August where she is now based Aoife is a regular to the Dublin music scene and has more recently opened for well known artists such as Ben Montague, Freddie White and Brian Kennedy. Aoife is set to continue pursuing her song-writing career and is currently in the studio working on her debut EP with her label Downda Road Productions.


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Downda Road Productions - Katie Gallagher

Katie Gallagher

Singer / songwriter

Nineteen year old Katie Gallagher hails from Ballymahon, Longford. Writing songs since age eleven, Katie is driven by a desire to create music dealing with relatable themes such as youth, heartbreak, and escapism. Her style ranges from the soft and lyrical ‘Aphra’s Song’ to the rustic, upbeat ‘Never Go Home’. Currently studying Music in DCU, the human interaction of working with children and sharing her music inspires Katie to pursue a career in teaching while following her dream. Katie’s eclectic influences include The Rat Pack and Elvis Presley’s approach to Hollywood-era love, the modern story-telling of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran and the folky, rhythm-driven Keywest and Mumford and Sons. In her downtime, Katie loves spending time with her friends and living a typical student life.


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Downda Road Productions- Grainne Fahy

Grainne Fahy

Singer / songwriter

Gráinne Fahy is a 16 year old musician from County Mayo, Ireland.

She began playing music when she was 10 years old, and started writing songs at age 14.

As of 2016, Gráinne has released her debut EP "Don't Wait On Me" which is available on Spotify and iTunes!

She is also heavily invovled in many in the U2 sponsored Music Generation events such as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Began working with Kildare label DownDa Road Productions as of July 2016!



Downda Road Productions - Sina Theil

Sina Theil

Singer / songwriter

Originally from Germany, Sina Theil picked up a guitar at the age of 18 and in the short few years since she has flourished as an accomplished singer/songwriter. Sina left Germany for Spain where she formed her first band and recorded her first few demos. During a travel year in North America she also gained valuable acting experience while joining a local acting agency and working on various high budget productions as an extra. After deciding that it was finally time to pursue her passion for music, she relocated to Dublin to pave her career on the Irish music scene and become a student of BIMM. Sina began to study song writing part-time in BIMM while making her way busking on the streets of Dublin, after 1 year she embarked on a full time vocal course and gained experience in live performance as the front-woman of rock group Midnight Therapy.

In 2017 Sina turned her attention to working on her debut solo EP. In collaboration with Downda Road Productions, Sina is currently in studio recording some of her original solo material that varies from playful light-rock tracks with urban influences to heartfelt ballads with an alt-country vibe. Sina’s clear abilities as a song writer are enhanced further by her unique voice and compelling stage presence.

While completing her debut EP which is due out later this year, Sina is also collaborating with fellow Downda Road artists on a few projects; her and Andy Harper (lead singer of off-beat blues, rock & high energy folk group Vagabonds & Thieves) are working on writing some exciting new material, Sina will join guitar troubadour Davie Furey on his latest tour starting in June 2017 as well as providing backing vocals for Katie Gallagher's track 'Trouble' from her upcoming debut EP.


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Downda Road Productions - Davie Furey

Davie Furey

Singer / songwriter

Fusing traditional roots with contemporary folk and rock, Davie Furey’s sound is charecterized by storytelling, energy and guitar riffs that beat like a pulse. Citing Christy Moore, Luke Kelly, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen as a diverse cross-section of influences, Davie has drawn on a wide range of inspiration while crafting his own sound.

His current offering, an eleven track album entitled Easy Come Easy Go follows a well received 2009 album ‘Out of Your Arms’. Davie’s nak for a telling a story through song and his abiltiy to engage a crowd have won him support slots with the likes of Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, John Spillane and Luka Bloom.

Still, despite having toured for six years, there is an air of excitement that runs through his latest release, a tangible feeling that this is an artist who has come into his own.

The eleven songs that appear on Easy Come Easy Go have been crafted while touring Ireland, Europe and America. Davie’s songwriting, like his voice, has evolved over the six years he has been performing.

The voice has become raspier, the stories more searingly honest, the guitar more strikingly memorable. Fuelled with unique observations, driven by passion, and delivered with equal parts strength, fragility, and humour.




Downda Road Productions - Vagabonds & Thieves

Vagabonds & Thieves

Band

Formed in Kildare in April 2014, Vagabonds and Thieves setup of guitar, bass, drums and bouzouki through a Marshall has made this band stand out. The blend of rock, blues, folk and off beat styling’s played with tons of energy have kept the gig goers interested, entertained and coming back for more.

Having done locals only on Nova the band then got asked to do new Irish music scene show on KFM, the response was such that the live tracks recorded have been played on the following weeks shows.

Coming from a DIY ethic the bands self-recorded ep is meant to be a snap shot of the band where they were. As their ever expanding repertoire adds new songs and new styles into the mix Vagabonds have no fear of experimenting and adding new elements in to their sound.

Members
Andy Harper: Vocals/Guitar
Jack McKenna: Vocals/Bouzouki
Peter Lane: Bass
Stephen Lynch: Drums




Downda Road Productions- Anna Zabo

Anna Zabo

Singer / songwriter

Anna Zabo is a young singer-songwriter from Poland whom we had the opportunity of working with in 2014. You will find samples of our work with Anna on both the Audio and video pages of this website.

She currently resides in the southern city of Krzeszowice Poland. At present she is studying in the beautiful city of Krakow.