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modern twist Nathan Carter's new creation 'Ceol' tipped to take world by storm as new shows lined-up

Nathan’s vision is ‘Ed Sheeran meets Mumford & Sons meets The Pogues...'





Nathan Carter's new music sensations Ceol are being tipped for major global success.

The red-hot quintet, who are in their twenties, have been thrilling audiences with their folk twist on songs ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran.

They've also been dusting down the folk classics and breathing fresh life into them at live shows - and they'll be releasing lots of original songs this year.

Ceol features Dubliners Daragh O'Connor and Cathal Dervan, Donegal's Matthew Crampsey, Wexford's James O'Sullivan and Kildare's Daryl Phillips.

The brainchild of Nathan Carter, they're also managed by Liam McKenna, a former member of Irish pop group Six and a top-notch manager who has run international tours for artists that include Westlife's Shane Filan.

"It was Nathan who had a vision for this band and we were put together through auditions," Cathal tells Shuffle. "I believe he got the idea for Ceol when he saw younger people playing trad down the country in Killarney. Nathan wanted to make some sort of a band doing that. There is a gap in the market for what we're doing and hopefully we can fill that in.


Nathan Carter. Pic: John McVitty

Nathan Carter. Pic: John McVitty

Nathan Carter. Pic: John McVitty

"We do all the old trad favourites that everyone would have known and loved over the years, but we like to do it with a more modern flavour. We find that people enjoy that because it's not what you expect to hear when you come to see a band called Ceol, so it's a bit of a pleasant surprise for the audience.

"With the instruments we have, and the great range of voices, we can really make it unique sounding. Then having a big name like Nathan promoting us is a great platform for the group.

"I'm very happy to be working with Nathan and it's been a pleasure to get to know him because he's a very humble guy considering everything he has achieved. We all get on very well with him and we feel like he absolutely wants the best for us as well."

All five members of Ceol are multi-instrumentalists who live for music.

"There's a massive buzz about Ceol because this style of music is coming back now," Matthew says. "In the way country had a revival, there's a massive interest in folk now and me and the lads want to bring it as far as we can."

Matthew grew up around music as his dad, Shunie Crampsey, is a singer-songwriter.

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"I was aware pretty young that all the songs I was listening to Dad had written, so later on I was never scared of writing myself. His song, Blue Moon Over My World, did really well for Daniel O'Donnell. Another of his songs, Morning Sun And Memories, is a big anthem where we come from."

In his teenage years, Matthew cut his teeth as a live performer singing in the pubs. However, he also went to university in Derry and Leeds and has a degree in popular music.

It was while playing in a bar in Omagh that Matthew was spotted by Nathan Carter. "Nathan came up and told me about the band," he says. "When I met the other lads we were all strangers to each other, but luckily everyone just blended together as musicians and we all hit it off. There's no leader, we are very much a band.

"Nathan's vision for the group is that it's 'Ed Sheeran meets The Pogues meets Mumford And Sons', so there's a whole big concoction. The plan is to start writing our own original material, but we haven't had time yet because everything just took off really fast.

"We have all these gigs coming in, so we've had to put a live set together, but I hope to be involved in the writing with Nathan, and he will also be getting other people involved. It's an exciting time for us."

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