Belfast-born singer-songwriter and accomplished producer, Gareth Dunlop, is set to captivate London with his soulful melodies and mesmerising Synth-pop sound. He has announced a full-band headline show at Soho’s The Lower Third, on November 16th 2023. This highly anticipated performance will be supported by powerhouse singer-songwriter Simeon Hammond Dallas.
Dunlop has a unique ability to connect with fans through his recordings, but there is nothing quite like his live performances. Over the years, his talent has been endorsed by a remarkable list of legendary artists, earning Dunlop support slots with music legends such as Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, James Morrison, Stereophonics, Bonnie Raitt, Foy Vance, and Jeff Beck, among others. A headline show from an artist of this calibre in an intimate venue like The Lower Third, is an evening not to be missed.
Gareth Dunlop’s debut album, ‘No. 79’, presented a captivating fusion of folk and soul in a stripped-back fashion. This album earned him critical acclaim and secured playlist placements on several prestigious Irish and UK radio stations. In the Republic of Ireland, the album even secured an Album of the Week slot on the prestigious RTE1. However, his second album, ‘Animal’, displayed how much his music has evolved; layering in the energy and nuances of his new synth-pop/retro sound. Listening to ‘Animal’, it’s astounding that Dunlop achieved such a broad, colourful soundscape without a full band present. Recorded during lockdown at his purpose-built Sycamore Studios in Belfast, ‘Animal’ showcases the level of both production and multi-instrumental skills Dunlop possesses. Other production credits include fellow Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance’s ‘Signs Of Life’ in 2021 and Lee Rogers’ ‘Gameblood’ in 2022.
Dunlop’s two albums (and many EPs) have become a soundtrack to life, featuring on both the big and small screens. His songs have found their way into hit TV series ‘Nashville’, among many other popular shows such as ‘Lucifer’, ‘This Is Us’, ‘Bones’, and ‘Suits’. In addition to TV, his work has been a part of major motion pictures like ‘The Best Of Me’, ‘Safe Haven’, ‘The Visitor’, as well as gracing TV commercials for Disney, Subaru, and more, solidifying his status as a versatile artist.
Spanning an impressive 15-year career, Gareth Dunlop has cultivated a dedicated following with his hit track ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ reaching almost 5 million streams on Spotify.
Inspired by icons such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Tom Waits, plus a soupçon of Pink Floyd, Dunlop’s musical journey began at 14 when he picked up a guitar and began performing both covers and original songs in live venues around Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the rest of the UK. Dunlop went on to win the Young Songwriter of the Year award in Belfast in 2011, an achievement that not only led to collaborations with seasoned writers in Nashville but also saw him employed as a staff writer for major music publishers. Splitting his time between sister cities Belfast and Nashville allowed Dunlop to extensively tour the United States, further expanding his horizons.
As the anticipation builds for Gareth Dunlop’s upcoming London show at The Lower Third, fans can’t help but wonder if this is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting new chapter in his career. With a third album on the horizon, 2024 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for Dunlop and his ever-growing fanbase.
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