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Kieran Goss

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Mayobridge, County Down, Northern Ireland (1989 – present)

Kieran Goss (born 18 May 1962 in Mayobridge, County Down, Northern Ireland) is considered to be one of Ireland’s most romantic singer/songwriters. He recorded his first album, Brand New Star, in 1989. It contained the songs “Brand New Star” and “Just Around The Corner” which came to the attention of Mary Black who recorded both songs. His 1998 album, Worse Than Pride, contained the Irish Top 10 single “Out Of My Head”, the second most played song on Irish radio that year.

One of fifteen children, Kieran Goss was born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland. He was just nine years old when he got his first guitar. Growing up in a big family with diverse musical tastes meant that early on he was hearing his brothers’ Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson records, his mother’s Frank Sinatra records and his sisters’ records featuring The Rolling Stones. These varied influences fermented into some brew that gives Kieran Goss his own unique sound.

Kieran supported himself while a law student in Belfast by playing club gigs and the University Students’ Union, earning himself support slots for Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Joe Jackson along the way. After qualifying as a lawyer in the mid-eighties, Kieran left home for France and Germany in order to avoid being drafted into the legal profession! He came back home to Ireland in 1989 to record his first album, Brand New Star. It contained the songs Brand New Star and Just Around The Corner, which came to the attention of Mary Black as she was preparing the album Babes In The Wood. She recorded both songs.

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  • ultimate60s

    Honest music. Its simplicity is breath-taking - thank you.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • KeithJones

    Check out his latest album "I’ll Be Seeing You" (released in February 2009). The review in the Irish Music Magazine says "beautifully-crafted songs are supported by spare, spacious arrangements and judicious use of harmony vocals". And more that: "There’s a remarkable, reflective maturity to ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ which in many ways reflects Goss’s personal life, which has been beset by turmoil over the last couple of years. During the making of the album he lost both his mother and his young sister-in-law to cancer. Then, shortly before his mother passed away, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily her treatment was successful and two years on, she remains cancer-free. Perhaps, as a result of all this, the title song ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ may be the artist’s most direct work yet".

    6 Aug 2009 Reply

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