“A blend of Indie Folk with an Irish Outlaw Country twist”


APRIL 2024

In today's folk scene, it's rare to find songs that blend authentic, deep lyrical insights with compelling singable melodies. James McGrath’s latest single, "Hold On," stands out as such a piece, capturing the essence of daily struggles with poetic elegance that resonates deeply.

Recorded under the skilled hands of Peter Klett of Klett Productions, known for his legacy with the grunge band Candlebox, "Hold On" delivers a rich, evocative sound that defines the spirit of indie music. The song starts with an enigmatic, mysterious & edgy acoustic guitar, setting a reflective ambiance that pulls listeners into a narrative filled with hardship and hope.

James McGrath’s vocals, which echo the depth of Coldplay's Chris Martin and the fervor of Beck, propel the song's emotional depth. The dark, introspective verses build toward choruses that burst with an uplifting message to endure through tough times. This dynamic range showcases McGrath’s vocal versatility and mirrors the journey from despair to determination expressed in the lyrics.

The song’s words paint vivid scenes from life's more challenging moments—loss, despair, and the mundane battles of the everyday. Yet, the refrain, "Makin' rollies from the ashtray - But I hold on, hold on" serves as a powerful cry for resilience, turning the song into an anthem for anyone facing adversity.

James McGrath’s vocals, which echo the depth of Coldplay's Chris Martin and the fervor of Beck, propel the song's emotional depth.

Together with Shamrock Records in Bristol, Tennessee, McGrath looks forward to a promising summer filled with festival appearances across Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Europe. In the midst of these travels, he is also crafting his debut full studio album, expected to release in early fall, produced by Peter Maher at Middlewalk Studios in County Tipperary, Ireland.

For fans and new listeners alike, James McGrath’s musical journey and his upcoming album are eagerly anticipated. His connection to Shane McGowan of The Pogues, coupled with his unique artistic voice, marks McGrath as a significant emerging figure in the indie folk landscape.

As "Hold On" resonates through speakers, it does more than just fill the room with sound—it fills the spirit with a renewed sense of hope and the strength to persevere. It's more than just a song; it's a companion for life's trials.

Nenagh Guardian

APRIL 2024

‘Dublin Road and Ball Alley Lane' is the opening line of the new single from James McGrath.

Though recorded in Clearwater, Florida, ‘Hold On’ demonstrates that the Nenagh theme is still strong in James’ music. He was erstwhile based in Florida to work on the new single with the fantastic Peter Klett, lead guitar player with Candlebox, a big grunge band from the 1990s.

‘Hold On’ is the first single for James to release under new US record label Shamrock Records, with whom he recently released his latest EP, ‘Cowboys & Neon Lights’, which was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It's a song I wrote when I was in a very dark place and talks about some heavy topics and the mere struggle of simply making it through the day,” James said of his new single. “Thankfully, I did and I hope that as topically heavy as the song is, it helps others who are in that place.”

‘Hold On’ has a music video to go with it that was shot in Orlando. The track will be available to download on all major platforms. Visit James’ Facebook page for further information.

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