SXSW 2016 Interview: Ciaran Lavery

By on Thursday, 24th March 2016 at 1:00 pm

On the Monday night of SXSW 2016, Mary and I made our first of many visits to Latitude 30, a favourite stomping ground of ours, also known during SXSW as the British Music Embassy. As always, the Monday night showcase, hosted on this occasion by Trackd Music, fell squarely at the intersection of the Interactive portion of SXSW 2016 and the official start of the Music festival on Tuesday.  As a so-called Convergence event, the show drew a mixed crowd of music lovers and tech aficionados.

Up-and-coming Northern Irish singer/songwriter Ciaran Lavery happened to draw the short straw on this night, performing first on the Trackd showcase lineup. I had a chance to duck outside the venue with Lavery after his opening set, and he chatted with me about the challenge of engaging this very social and rather noisy crowd, a feat he accomplished in fine fashion by bravely performing an a capella tune.

In the interview below, Lavery talked about his upcoming new album titled ‘Let Bad In’, which is due for release via Believe Recordings on the 27th of May. We touched specifically on the album’s first single ‘Return to Form’, whose mildly explicit chorus was edited for radio play after-the-fact to eliminate the dreaded “F-bomb”. Lavery also discussed his touring plans for the release of the album, including a potential return to American shores closer to the end of this year. Last but not least, I took the opportunity to ask Lavery about his unique upper arm tattoo, which was partially obscured by his shirt sleeve, but which turns out to have special meaning for him at this point in his career.

Full TGTF coverage of the Trackd showcase is here. For photos of Ciaran Lavery’s performance at the Output Belfast showcase on the following Thursday afternoon. You can hear the radio edit of Lavery’s current single ‘Return to Form’ in our preview of artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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