David McCann

Artist Bio

Born in Ballymena and now living in Bangor, County Down, David writes much of his music in the shadow of Slieve Binnian, in the Kingdom of Mourne - a place of folklore, myths and legends.

His first album '....and sang to a small guitar' was released in 2010 and is available on Bandcamp.  He has played in venues and Festivals across Northern Ireland.

Since then he has gone on to play in the band The Sandrunners, in which he co-writes with his friend John McLaverty.  Their most recent album 'George m'Boy', a concept album about a man's experience in the First World War, had its release in November last year.  This, and the rest of The Sandrunners' musicis available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music etc.  The band have played at local festivals plus several tours and a festival in Holland.

He also was a co-founder of the Lagan Sessions, a weekly acoustic music night that ran for 3 years in Belfast.

While still playing and recording with The Sandrunners, he has recently begun to play more frequently as a solo artist again.


Reviews of David's music:

'An enjoyable, dark, acoustic ramble.  Emotional voice, I liked it a lot.  Feels like hot soup and a hug.'   Faye McCabe - accessalbands

'these deceptively simple songs drive home their melodious message through subtle phrasing and tantalizing vocal delivery'  Tim Carroll - folkwords


Reviews of The Sandrunners:

'Another very fine local band.....Gorgeous stuff'. Cherrie McIlwaine, BBC Radio Ulster

'King of the Screen' is their first album... And it's wonderful - truly gifted, clever, insightul and courageous songwriting.' Julie Williams-Nash, Folk and Tumble

'It's The Sandrummers first album but there's a maturity that brings a lot of living to the song-sheet.'  Cara Gibney, CultureHUB

'George M'Boy is an excellent piece of work by a band that has clearly put their heart and soul into making it.... the band has created an impassioned and thought-provoking body of work that is an enthralling listen.'  Gerry McNally, Folk and Tumble




Heart of Song

If Only For a Day

The Owl and The Pussycat

Don't Let it Be

Belfast Town

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