Ciaran McMeeken

Born in Arrowtown New Zealand, Ciaran began his musical journey by picking up drumsticks at age 11 before moving onto the guitar as a teenager. This is where his love of figuring out life on the strings developed. For Ciaran, music has always been used as a type of therapy. Allowing himself to be vulnerable with the song writing process as a means to work through complex emotions. A collection of these early therapeutic songs became his first independent release – an EP titled ‘The Valley’ released in 2014 which he chose to record back at the Owaka Valley farmhouse where he received the best advice of his life. This body of work caught the attention of internationally acclaimed producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Jason Kerrison, Pluto). Ciaran made the move from Dunedin to Auckland and continued to work with Haver on a new batch of songs which became his second EP ‘Screaming Man’. Released in October 2015 to wide acclaim, 'Screaming Man’ also featured the hit single ‘City’ which picked up nationwide airplay on New Zealand radio. After a successful headline show celebrating the EP’s release Ciaran secured prestigious opening slots on the New Zealand tours for local act Avalanche City and international powerhouse Ronan Keating. Ciaran spent the rest of 2015 developing his songwriting, marking a change from his usually solo efforts taking a far more collaborative approach. Being a part of the inaugural APRA-NZ On Air’s Song Hubs programme in New Zealand and rubbing shoulders with the best songwriters in the business, including Mozella, Lindy Robbins, Sacha Skarbek, and Australian artist Montaigne, Ciaran embarked on a new songwriting journey. Earnest, genuine, and positive, Ciaran McMeeken is the epitome of an artist who makes music for the love of it. Opened for Andy Grammer on his fresh eyes NZ tour and also play at Homegrown 2018. Ciaran toured extensively through NZ on his ‘Which Way Shall We Go?’ 2018 Summer Tour, playing to sold out rooms and also some intimate house concerts. Ciaran has just released 2 new singles ‘Tidal Wave’ and ‘Pure Intentions’ and is heading off on a 4 date NZ in 2019.

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