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Series of Scarring Events Helps Form Heartfelt Songs of Irish Singer-Songwriter Chase The River

Life canbe difficult at the best of times, but Northern Ireland’s singer-songwriter, Chase The River, has had it harder than most.

Aftera string of heartbreaks, the death of his father, his mother being diagnosedwith cancer and breaking his back whilst playing rugby, Chase The River has had to navigatethe often cruel fate of life itself and find a path out of the chaos.

Despite these trials, Chase The River is all the stronger for it, using theseexperiences to form the basis of his heartfelt and introspective folk songsthat employ a raw and natural sound for authenticity, rather than being aperfectly polished, shiny product of a high-end recording studio. In fact, before entering the studio, none of the other musicians were familiar with the material, which made it easier to achieve that improvisational and ‘on-the-fly’ style that is empowered by Chase The River.

Now, the young singer-songwriter is back with his most accomplished album to date, aptly named Recycle Your Regrets.

You can listen to Recycle Your Regrets here: https://soundcloud.com/chase_the_river/sets/recycle-your-regrets-media/s-sLZbY 

Whenit comes to his musical ethos, Chase The River believes that ‘Music is there to be consumedand enjoyed by everyone. There needs to be a story with it rather than justwords that rhyme. If it can’t be played solely on an acoustic guitar by someoneat their friend’s house, what’s the point?’

Having been described in the past as falling under the category of ‘neo-folk’, Chase The River relatesto the likes of Leonard Cohen and Passenger, whilst he takes inspiration fromother acts including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Joe Purdy and The White Buffalo.

Chase The River has even performed at the Copenhagen songwriters festival,Sunflowerfest and the Pure M music awards show where he was nominated for ‘BestIrish Act’ and ‘Best EP’, and this has led to him also receiving airplay supportfrom BBC Radio Ulster and RTE 2XM.









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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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