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Peter Doran is a Singer-Songwriter from Mullingar. His musical life started twenty years ago in a roar of electric guitars, distortion pedals and Marshall amps. But, perhaps thankfully for us, his musical direction took an unplanned shift into acoustic-land after watching people like Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Emmett Tinley, perform at “The Stables”, an intimate music venue just ten minutes walk from Peter’s Home. It was a new century and he had a new fascination: the singer and the song.
Peter has just released his fourth album, the self-produced “Outlines” to critical acclaim in Ireland. It is the songwriter’s most sparse and direct work to date. Peter’s combination of vocals and melody create a natural intimacy, one that makes the listener feel as though he is sharing his best kept secrets with them. For my money, it's one of the best records I've heard in the past year - the quality of the songwriting is that good, the delivery is assured, and the production is sensitive and measured; it compliments the arrangements, rather than competing with them, as is so often the case.
In the last years Peter has played headline shows in Ireland, Holland and New York, and has opened up for artists like Mick Flannery, Declan O’Rourke, Duke Special and Mark Geary. Very highly recommended.