Kiernan McMullan, Matt Cranstoun, Oh! My Blackbird

Kiernan McMullan

Matt Cranstoun

Oh! My Blackbird

Sun, December 2, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 21 and over

Kiernan McMullan
Kiernan McMullan
"a refreshing validation of what a singer/songwriter should be" -Mike Knightson - NEWSTALK

"impressive….with style" - HOTpress magazine

Not really being from anywhere has it's benefits. There is a refreshing perspective that comes when there is no one place you call home.

Born in Hong Kong and having grown up between Ireland and Boston to an Irish father and Australian mother it really isn't surprising that he finds it hard to stay in one place for too long.

In 2008 Kiernan signed his first record deal with Warner Brother's sub label 111 records. The record was released in November 2008 during a time when the music industry's financial crisis was in full swing.

"All i needed was a plane ticket over. I had no van yet so I spent the first 3 months on greyhound buses and hitchhiking. Let's just say every day was it's own story"

With nothing but a hiking bag and his guitar he hitched and bussed the length of the east coast and parts of the midwest playing shows every other day.

Fast forward to now and you find Kiernan with a van and an impressive musical resume. Having shared stages with everyone from Sheryl Crow, Colbie Callait and Sublime to Meg and Dia, Lisa Hannigan and The Proclaimers to name just a few.

It would appear that this is only the beginning. With his full length record "Perfect People are Boring" and his more recent acoustic E.P. "The Best Part" both released to a very enthusiastic grassroots following, the anticipation is building to here his newest record "Two Years" recorded in Ireland this year.

"It's my best attempt to take ten songs and try to tell the story of the last two years from me. There have been some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my entire life within this 730 day adventure from November 2nd 2008 to November 2nd 2010."

It looks like this is just the prologue of a bigger story that is far from over.
Matt Cranstoun
Matt Cranstoun
Matt has been a member of LC from the start. He hasn’t needed a band to charm an audience with sweetly crooned tones or powerfully delivered lyrics. But the band arrangements on the new album work perfectly with layered vocals to further enhance each song in a way I could not have imagined until I’d heard it.

This is even more impressive knowing that Matt played and sang just about everything on the album. One of the highlights on the album is “Daylight”. I dare you to listen to this song and keep from dancing in your chair, which is what I’m doing right at this moment.

BIOGRAPHY: Matt Cranstoun was born and raised in central New Jersey. Starting at an early age and throughout his youth he played and studied drums on his father’s drum set. He gained interest in guitar (and not much else) while playing drums for a friend’s band in high school. He then began to sing and put together his own songs and recordings. Through the learning process of those early recordings, the years that followed, evolving musical tastes, personal strife and the natural maturing process, Matt found himself as nothing more or less than a songwriter.

Matt’s writing mixes content reminiscent of folk, romanticism (or “cry baby stuff” as he refers to it) and other messages with a dynamic voice familiar to classic soul and r&b. Matt is a huge admirer of artists ranging from Ray Charles to Ani Difranco. Soul and folk music are one in the same to him. He writes and performs with this ideal. “Whatever it is in music, it’d better be real or I can’t care. If it’s groove, lay it down. If it’s just you and your guitar, say something and mean it. I’m not sure that makes much sense hearing it out loud…I think I just need to be moved. I’m as much a music lover as I am a music hater.”

Matt recently completed his first ever LP entitled “By Framed Image” released independently in 2010. It is available at shows and soon will also be available on iTunes. He currently records, performs, and collaborates throughout the New York area and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Oh! My Blackbird
Oh! My Blackbird
Inspired by classical music -- particularly choral music and madrigals -- and 60's and late 70's folk revival, mixed with 90's-00's era rock, their sound is driven by tight vocals and witty, often venomous lyrics. Sullivan, as Oh! My Blackbird's songwriter, tells introspective tales of real life experiences that are steeped in traditional pop mixed with a mystical folk mentality.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215