McMahon may have been one of Ireland’s proudest musical exports last year. With his debut single, ‘Deep Down’ topping the Irish iTunes charts on its first week of release, a successful debut album entitled ‘Half Blind’ and TV and radio support from the likes of Terry Wogan, Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady, Alex Lester and Ireland’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’; this fresh and innovative singer/songwriter from the Emerald Isle has proven that, once again, Ireland appears to have what it takes to cut it in the global music arena. Now, 2015 aims to be an even greater success as McMahon releases his EP, ‘Hummingbirds and Yellow Things’ on June 15th, along with his third single, ‘Nicola’ also on 15th June produced and mixed by non other than Mick Hucknall. Plus, with a string of live dates and festivals scheduled across the UK throughout the year, the unique talent of McMahon is reportedly set to explode.
“I really like McMahon and was really happy to get involved with the production and mixing of Nicola. I loved the track and think it’s a hit! I wish him every success with it.” – Mick Hucknall
Self-penned by McMahon and produced by Andy Wight (Simply Red, Eurythmics, The Script) and Gavin Goldberg (Mick Hucknall, Eurythmics), ‘Hummingbirds and Yellow Things’ seems to be a musically superb and elating follow-up to McMahon’s seemly well received album of last year. A beautiful 4 track EP, ‘Hummingbirds and Yellow Things’ lyrically may offer wisdom and worldly-experience through its messages. Chosen as a single release which aims to be engaging, catchy and uplifting, ‘Nicola’ is the age-old story of man who is seemingly unable to have the girl he wants (however he might be). The title track ‘Hummingbirds and Yellow Things’ is a stunning melodic tale about standing tall in the face of adversity. “A track that may have its own message for everyone” McMahon said. McMahon far from shies away from controversy either as the deep and melancholy ‘Hands Tied’ addresses how men cope with over-controlling women.
Unlike most musicians who passionately chase their dream, McMahon is an artist whose music has ‘discovered him’.
Once an all-Ireland champion gymnast and rollerblader, McMahon found these ambitions challenging after he was involved in a traffic mishap, which resulted in challenging himself to withstand adversity that concerned his sense of smell and half his eyesight.However the Cork-born boy seemed to be made of mighty stuff and a chance meeting with Terry McCabe, MD of Manchester label All In Recordings, led to McMahon signing with the company and his musical career has been on an upward spiral ever since.
McMahon seems to be snowballing an envious following as his on-stage charisma enjoyed by all that see him play. Supporting the likes of Tom Jones, Imelda May (on 5 occasions), Foy Vance, Gavin James, Matt Cardle, Brian Kennedy and Aled Jones; a huge spectrum of audiences have been exposed to McMahon’s musical genius, including festival crowds at the Snow Bombing Festival and the 6 Festival. This year McMahon is set to play the Blended festival in Dubai on 1st & 2nd May, which in the past has the likes of Ed Sheeran.
An artist with the unique talent who may be able to weave the spectrum of controversy and fun into an exhilarating musical experience, 2015 might be the year for McMahon.
For more information on McMahon visit: www.mcmahonmusic.com
Catch McMahon on Tour:
Tues May 26: The Musician Crafton Street, Leicester
Weds May 27: The Portland Arms 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge,
Fri May 29: Hootananny 67 Church Street, Inverness
Sat May 30: The Aros Experience Viewfield Rd, Isle of Skye
Thurs June 4: Whisky Jar Manchester
Sat June 6: The Railway 3 St Pauls Hill, Winchester
Sun June 7: Chapel Arts Centre St James’ Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath
What other artists have allowed music to ‘discovered them’?