David Hope & Eoin O'Meachair

David Hope, the Irish folk troubadour with the infamous Celtic growl hails from County Clare in the West of Ireland. Hope has been critically acclaimed as one of the very best Roots-related outfits operating at present, seamlessly blending folk and roots inflections with grittily intelligent lyrics and enviably catchy choruses.

A prolific songwriter, Hope has successfully released two studio albums to date with a third album 'Tough Love' to follow in March 2017. 'Christmas Day' is the first single from the album, which was recorded and produced by Christian Best at the renowned Monique Studios in Co. Cork. 'Christmas Day' was chosen as the RTE Radio 1 song selected for the European Broadcasting Union Christmas Music Project and featured on a playlist across all member states.

Hope embarked on a mini tour of Switzerland and Germany in winter 2016, which featured a performance at the renowned Songbird Festival in Davos. Over the past 14 years, David has gigged & toured extensively in both his native Ireland and mainland Europe, averaging in excess of 200 shows per year. During this time, Hope has built a reputation as one of the very best live performers on the touring circuit today. Drawing his audience in with his storytelling wit, personality and Irish charm, it is the beauty and depth of his songs, which are delivered with the lived in, almost sepia tone of his impressive voice & the raw elegance of his guitar playing that succeeds in holding audiences long after the show has finished.

David has performed a variety of shows across Europe including numerous festivals in Switzerland (Blue Balls Luzern, Songbird Festival Davos), Germany, Sweden and toured with Declan Sinnott (IRL), The Duke Spirit (UK), Sophie Hunger (CH) and Beth Hart (USA). In Ireland, he has toured nationally with folk/blues chanteuse Mary Coughlan (IRL), Barnaby Bright (USA) and opened for a variety of Irish artists such as Damien Dempsey, Mick Flannery, The Stunning, Mundy, Mary Black, John Spillane and whipping boy. David has independently released four critically acclaimed records in recent years. The album, ‘A Picture’, produced in 2007 by Terry Woods (Steeleye Span / The Pogues) received great reviews and airplay and was promoted with appearances on national Irish television. A 7-track EP ‘Daybreak Someplace’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews.

2011 saw Hope work with highly acclaimed musician and producer, Declan Sinnott (Christy Moore / Moving Hearts) who produced a second EP entitled 'Hell or High Water'. The first single 'Hell or High Water' was released in April 2011 to great reviews and radioplay and was followed up with Hope’s first music video, produced by IMTV award winning film maker, Shaun O’Connor.

A second full studio album, 'Scarecrow', was released in early 2013 to rave reviews - with the album reaching No. 3 in the Singer / Songwriter Album Chart on iTunes. ‘Scarecrow’ was released in Germany in January 2015 on deepdive records to stellar reviews and nationwide airplay.

Eoin was born and raised in Carlow town, nestled in the Barrow Valley in Ireland’s Southeast. He began his musical career at the tender age of 10 under the tutelage of local traditional musicians. He won his 1st award at the age of 15 at the National Traditional Music Championships. Since then, many more have followed and he has been teaching his chosen instruments to a wide audience. He can also be found playing locally at many traditional music sessions throughout the Southeast of Ireland and beyond. A fluent Irish speaker, he joined up with traditional Irish band “An Scadan Rua” in 1991 with whom he played the length and breadth of Ireland and the UK until his departure in 1996. Moving to Waterford in 2009, he continued his musical career in Ireland’s oldest city where he continued teaching. That same year, he founded the acclaimed traditional band, “Caladh Nua” with whom he travelled the globe, touring in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, Italy, India, China and Scandinavia until he parted ways with the group in 2015. His latest partnership with Liam Merriman combined his traditional art with the bluegrass and contemporary genres and featured his considerable talent as a vocalist. “The Birds Never Cease”, released at the latter end of 2015 is his 4th professional release.

Eoin has trained with Kids Classics and Waterford Healing Arts Trust as a hospital musician and has been performing this role both with Kids Classics and WHAT in Dublin, Cork and Waterford hospitals since 2013.

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