Spotlight On… Singer & Performer, Shawn Cuddy

Visit Shawn’s website for current tour details: www.shawncuddy.co.uk

Having studied and learned his craft supporting and touring with the likes of Johnny Cash and Foster & Allen, Shawn Cuddy has become on of Ireland’s premier and most polished entertainers. With a back catalogue of no less than 10 CD albums and 5 DVD’s, awards of Best Country Singer and Best Entertainer plus a string of hit singles he announces an extensive UK tour for 2017 and this stunning new song ‘Love’s Gonna Get You’.

The eldest of a family of eleven (seven boys and four girls), Shawn was born and raised in Camross where farming was a way of life. He could hardly had envisaged that one day he would be hosting fan club weekends to people from across the globe and performing regularly across the UK and beyond.

During his very early years in show business Shawn performed with two of his sisters and eventually after working in a hospital, driving a truck and playing solo he formed his own band and has never looked back. They are now credited as being one of the hardest working groups on the dance and concert circuit having clocked up some 25 years on the road!

In 1987 a relatively unknown singer by the name of Daniel O’Donnell performed in Ireland and Shawn was there. Having watched the now legendary Irish singer, Shawn was clear where his destiny lay. They spoke after that show and have remained close friends since that very night. Indeed it was Daniel that introduced Shawn to the manager of K-Tel who then released his debut single and set him on the path to success.

“I first met Shawn when we played the Harriers Club in Tullamore. He was doing the support act on the show and I was so impressed with his voice and stage presence that I encouraged him to get a band on the road and travel some more – and that he did! Since then we’ve done many shows together and he has provided the music at many of my fan club functions and I, and everyone else there, have enjoyed his music over the years.”

– Daniel O’Donnell

Now aged 51, Shawn recently told reporters he is enjoying performing as much as ever and has absolutely no plans to hang up his microphone: –

“As long as I have the stamina, I’ll continue to sing…but if you didn’t love it, you wouldn’t do it!”

Shawn gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg as his current tour progresses:

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Shawn. Tell me about your tour and what the audience can expect.

At our gigs you can expect a range between Country & Irish with a bit of Rock & Roll. We as a band try to have a mixed genre to ensure the audience feel included in the show rather than just an audience.

Any venue you’re really keen to play?

One venue I have always really wanted to play is the London Palladium, It is the most beautiful venue with extremely talented artists such as Kenny Rodgers gracing their stages. It has always been a dream of mine.

Which artists inspire you?

When I was younger I was always inspired by the Irish singers during my time such as Big Tom & Foster & Allen therefore they were always reasons behind why I began singing in the first place.  Broader artists that would have inspired me would definitely have to be Johnny Cash & Dolly Parton, two truly talented people whom I always wanted to be like.

What led you to a singing career?

When I was young my Grandfather taught me and introduced me into the music scene, I decided then when I left school I wanted to become a male nurse & began working in the Hospital in Mountrath, I worked there for a couple of years but down the line I decided music was what I wanted to do so I began doing a one man show in local pubs around the Laois area until 1989 when I decided to put the band on the road and 27 years on I have never looked back.

What has been the highlight if your career so far?

My highlight as I always would state is the touring with legendary artists such as Johnny Cash & Foster & Allen, but in my 27 years on the road I still find it difficult to pin point anything else in particular as I have loved my career and everything about it stands out in itself to me.

Finally, what would you say to potential audience members to encourage them to come?

I definitely believe we as a band like to make our audience feel welcome and like they are part of a family for the time they are with us. As the old song goes “If you come in feeling lonely, you’re leaving feeling fine”. That’s the way we like to make our audience and friends feel at a Shawn Cuddy band show.

Thanks to Shawn for his interview and wishing him all the best for the tour.

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