A self confessed devotee of ‘real music’, Robbie Cavanagh is not defined by genres. Taking influence and inspiration from old school country and western, modern americana, pop, blues, soul, folk, rock, metal and everything in between.
The only rules are good musicians, real instruments, great microphones and performance with emotion. Capturing sound, not producing it.
Robbie Cavanagh performs self penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery, and when he puts pen to paper, he lives by his own words. ‘The more you wrestle with an idea, the more contrived it becomes’. Robbie writes with honesty, emotion, and most importantly; instinct.
Robbie’s sophomore record (To Leave/To Be Left, released on At The Helm Records, Oct 2017) proves that he is quite right to trust those instincts. To Leave/To Be Left frames 11 original tracks, recorded almost entirely live, full of feeling, passion, tasteful instrumentation and instinctive performance, captured with good quality, warm, vintage microphones.
Though the record has received high praise from fans and music professionals, it’s Robbie’s live performance that has really turned heads and attracted the much deserved attention.
Stepping out on stage with his long hair, Levi’s and Doc Martens, a fender telecaster over his shoulder and a well earned confidence in his chest, Robbie can hardly open his mouth without too opening his heart. Performance is Robbie’s way of channelling emotion and his passion and energy are incredibly contagious.
Robbie and his band celebrated the release of the new record with a sold out headline tour around the UK, as well has making their way onto many festival stages last summer, and many more to come this year.
Robbie also worked with BBC Radio 2’s Whispering Bob Harris, recording live sessions in his house and his studio and being played on his Radio 2 show numerous times.
Bob’s company ‘Under The Apple Tree’ have also been heavily involved with Robbie’s music, inviting him to perform at festivals and showcases across the UK as well as Bob hosting Robbie’s record launch show in Harrogate in 2017.
Chris Difford invited Robbie to attend the Buddy Holly Foundation songwriting retreat in July 2017, which he will be returning to again this year.
After working with youtube channel ‘Mahogany’ to release a live, solo performance of his single ‘Godsend’, Robbie saw the video clock up over 180k views, and over 300k streams on spotify.
American Artists ‘Us The Duo’ asked Robbie to open for their 16 date European tour, providing a huge platform to develop his ever growing fanbase.
After being asked to perform at The Americana Music Association Showcase in London, January 2018, Robbie has continued to draw attention and hopes to be a big part of the AMA’s 2018 plans, both in the UK and across the water in Nashville.