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Sara Ryan

Sal is a vocalist, songwriter and performer, based in Cork City, Ireland. Originally hailing from Newbridge, County Kildare, Sal has crafted her own unique blend of dark-pop, in a way that truly showcases her voice as an artist.

Sal released her critically acclaimed debut single, ‘Belle’ in 2016, which was followed swiftly by Sal being named ‘New Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 Irish Folk Awards. With such a strong foundation built up, Sal set about releasing her debut EP, ‘Glitter Skies’, and getting out on the road to promote the record. This plan materialised in 2018, when she toured extensively around Ireland, thrilling audiences throughout the country, in such prestigious venues as Whelan’s, Coughlan’s, Kenny’s & Cleere’s, as well as playing to a crowd of 2000 people at the Doolin Folk Festival.

2019 brought Sal to continental Europe, playing to new audiences in Germany and Switzerland, which have since become familiar territories for the singer-songwriter. Sal’s ever growing fanbase in these areas is no surprise, with her veritable song-writing and storytelling talents being lauded by fellow homegrown artists including Christy Moore. Sal has also shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most commended artists, including Mick Flannery, Luka Bloom, The Stunning, Wyvern Lingo, Jack L and Wally Page.

In November 2019, Sal released her debut album, ‘Breathe’. The album was recorded in Monique Studios, Cork, and produced by Christian Best (Mick Flannery, O Emperor, Jack O’Rourke, Marlene Enright). The album was extremely well received, showcasing the range of artistic vision that Sal possesses. Both of Sal’s most recent singles gained national and international airplay, with ‘The Weight’ getting to Number 3 on the RTE Radio 1 Playlist.

After a promotional tour for the album (including an appearance at Temple Bar Tradfest), Sal was not held up by the world events of 2020 & 2021, adapting to new regulations and performance channels that came with the pandemic. This brought her to screens around the world, taking part in UP’s ‘Live At Home’, and the Hotpress ‘Lockdown Sessions’, ‘Live at Mick’s’ (Mick Flannery), Woman’s Work Festival (Belfast) before closing out the year with a slot at the Liverpool Irish Festival. Sal is a songwriter with spirit, who is not afraid to speak up about social issues close to her heart. Her combination of art and activism displays itself through her unique voice. It is at times a candle in the dark; at others, a fire in the belly.

With an exciting 2021 laid out before her, Sal continues to write, record, and evolve as an artist. In early 2021 Sal signed a publishing deal with the prestigious West Cork based publishing company AtSongs. Following this, Sal signed a management deal with Charlie B Management (London). Late 2021, brought an abundance of sold-out headline shows for Sal nationally, including a sold out performance supporting The Stunning Band in Limerick, and a performance in the UK (Liverpool Irish Festival 2021) with a whole new electrifying and eclectic dark-pop sound. In early 2022, Sal will be releasing a much anticipated new body of work, that is immersed in electronic pop. A German tour is set for April 2022, as well as return performances at Liverpool Irish Festival this October & Women’s Work Festival, Belfast 2021.