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Rebellion by Ryan McMullen

Portaferry (Co. Down) native Ryan McMullan releases ‘Rebellion’ on 6.9.19 via AWAL Recordings, the 2nd single taken from his forthcoming album set for release in 2020. ‘Rebellion’ yet again showcases Ryan’s signature vocal, evocative wordplay supported by simple guitar lines and powerful percussion. Written and produced by Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol).

Speaking on the track, Ryan quotes: “Rebellion is about having to smile when it’s killing you. About doing the things we don’t want to do and having to pretend.”

Growing up in picturesque Portaferry, on the shores of Strangford lough and in sight of the Mourne Mountains, Ryan was formed by the traditional music and pub sing-alongs with which rural villages in Ireland are indelibly linked. However this gives only a portion of the story, as a member of an unashamedly post-MTV generation he was always on the hunt for more diverse influences from bubblegum pop, to hip hop, to hard rock and blues.

Ryan has already earned a formidable reputation in the European live music scene. After spending many years developing a dedicated local following (and gaining the favour of personal heroes such as Foy Vance and Gary Lightbody) in 2017 he supported Ed Sheeran on his arena tour. 2019 saw his first Glastonbury performance and his largest Belfast show playing to 5000 adoring fans. A UK & European Headline Tour in the Autumn plus support slots with Snow Patrol and Foy Vance.

‘Rebellion’ follows the release of single ‘‘In the Back of My Mind’, (May ‘19). Previous singles, “You Don’t Dance”, “Oh Susannah” and “Bowie on the Radio” have collectively amassed over 8m streams. Irish Radio continues its strong support including Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster and 2FM.