International touring & recording artist, Dylan Walshe, was born & raised in Dublin, Ireland. Dylan went on to hone his craft, as a solo acoustic performer, in London, then Europe, before eventually moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Currently residing in the southern highlands of Black Mountain, in western North Carolina, Dylan has headlined tours around much of the US, Europe & the UK & has been billed alongside many pioneers in music, as well as touring as the opener for artists as diverse as Flogging Molly, The White Buffalo & Avatar. This year, AVLFest invited Dylan to close out Saturday night at the Wortham Theatre, for their inaugural festival event in Asheville, North Carolina. Primarily a singer-songwriter, Dylan also sings traditional songs of the working classes & reinterprets a wide spectrum of songs in his own authentic inimitable style. Dylan has received plaudits from such greats as Christy Moore, who nominated Dylan's work for the Irish Folk Music Awards saying, "Dylan's a wordsmith & a fair chanter, it does my heart good to hear him sing, I love his voice & the way he's using it, he is a true Irish ballad singer & I admire his work". While Dylan mostly identifies as a Folk & Roots Singer-Songwriter, his solo acoustic performances have also been brought to Punk, Ska, Celtic & Heavy Metal audiences throughout his 27 years of being a performer. With his most recent album of original compositions, All Manner Of Ways (featuring James Fearnley of The Pogues, Andy Gibson of Hank III, Micah Hulscher of Emmylou Harris, John Mailander of Bruce Hornsby), there is a depth & a timelessness in his writing & voice, which is rare to find in contemporary art & music. The Irish Edition had this to say on the album, "Dylan Walshe has taken up the reins from the likes of Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, with poignant, poetic lyrics and memorable tunes..", while No Depression said "His voice is so strong and expressive, at once so holy and damned it can shake heaven and hell simultaneously. This suggests the old soul of a true roots artist, to be sure..". In a world of imitation, image & revivalism, Dylan has lived what he sings. It's music that you will feel first & foremost, then think on it later..
W H A T T H E Y S A Y
"Dylan's a wordsmith & a fair chanter, it does my heart good to hear him sing, love his voice and the way he's using it. Dylan is a true Irish ballad singer, I admire his work"
"The future of songwriting is safe in the hands of this man"
Dave King, Flogging Molly
"Hard hitting songs, honest & straightforward"
"Dylan's music moves me greatly"
Chris Bailey, The Saints
"Dylan Walshe has taken up the reins from the likes of Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, with poignant, poetic lyrics and memorable tunes..."
The Irish Edition, US
"His voice is so strong and expressive, at once so holy and damned it can shake heaven and hell simultaneously. This suggests the old soul of a true roots artist, to be sure"
No Depression, USA
"Dylan gets nods from the likes of Christy Moore, gifted & talented, he's the real deal"
RTE Radio 1, Ireland
"Craftsman-like, artisan quality, rousing vocals & a workman's blood, sweat & tears. Dylan Walshe is a genuine talent..."
Bonanza & Son Revue, UK
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"Dubliner Dylan Walshe is a singer-songwriter whose meditative lyrics declaim a world of broken people and busted politics struggling to pull themselves together. Dylan throws all his cards on the table & I imagine that table to be sat with Yeats & Shaw, shuffled around by Bob Dylan. Politics & heartwrecks aplenty. There's a warmth to his soul"
Templeton, Tennessee, USA
"An Absolutely phenomenal voice, just wonderful"
Roots & Fusion Pure Radio 107.8FM, UK
"Amazing, Powerful & Passionate"
Resonance 104.4 FM, UK
"Mr. Dylan is a truly gifted performer & songwriter, very different & unique. Dylan deserves recognition for his authenticity, he stands out"
GaryHayesCountry.com Kentucky, USA
"A passionate and beguiling performer whether he's rocking out or turning up the introspection"
R2 Magazine, UK
"Armed with just a guitar, a stompbox and a whole lotta soul, Dylan Walshe is more like a tornado than a singer songwriter"
Camden Calling, UK
"Radio Irish is thrilled to share the unusual and unique music and sound of renowned, one of a kind, alternative roots artist Dylan Walshe from Dublin, Ireland. A remarkable voice that draws you into the stories within his songs. Sounds like something from a completely different time. Transporting. It's so damn refreshing to hear something different!"
Radio Irish, New York, USA
"Traditionally assured alternative folk with the charismatic charm of an acoustic poet. The Dublin born musician has a broodingly intense sound, a very genuine talent, stunning"
His sounds have a timeless traditional Irish vibe, & his voice is hauntingly cinematic, somewhere in between a young Tom Waits & Shane MacGowan" Folk N Rock, Belgium
One man symphony, Dylan Walshe, is thee soul-achin wondervoice of folk infused country-&-rhythm, black-&-blues. Saw & heard him torch up the crowded house down the Betsey Trotwood with it too.. Please, Sir, may we have some mo?"
Reel Rebels Radio, UK
"A gent, a poet & as tough as nails... Some artists just grab you right off the bat and there is something universally salient about Dylan's voice. In fact, this may be that voice that people hear when that big white light shines and the tunnel opens"
Southcountymusic.com, Boston, USA
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