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WATCH: Offaly singer-songwriter sells cattle to finance brilliant debut single

Meet Paddy Mahon, full-time student, part-time cattle farmer and a fresh new face to the Irish music scene.

With his unique deep raspy voice, the Offaly native has drawn comparisons with artists such as George Ezra, Tom Walker and Harry Styles and with his debut single Crossroads, which is released today, Paddy hopes to realise his dream of becoming a full-time musician

The 22-year-old final year Business IT student in Dublin Business School used his business acumen to fully finance the entire production of his debut record from the sale of cattle he keeps at his family’s farm at Bunatern, Screggan outside Tullamore.

Although a latecomer to the music industry - he taught himself the guitar only four years ago. Paddy has amassed a big following on social media and his ‘cover’ arrangement and interpretation of songs from the likes of Tom Odell, Kodaline, One Republic, The Chainsmokers and Niall Horan have been viewed over 500,000 times on Facebook.

“When I was 12 years of age I started playing with my sister’s guitar but couldn’t get the hang of it and it wasn’t until I came to college in Dublin four years ago that I learned to play the instrument and learned some basic chords. It came together very quickly for me and then I realised I could sing," Paddy said.

“I started off playing cover tunes and then I adapted some poems that I had written over the years to my own music."

“It has been an incredible journey for me and bringing out my own song is a dream come true and while I had to sell some of my own cattle to pay for studio hire, session musicians, engineering and production it has been all worthwhile,” said Paddy.

Recorded at Darklands Audio studio in Dublin, ‘Crossroads’ is produced by Daniel Doherty who also worked with the Fontaines and Somebody's Child. 

Determined to make an impact with Crossroads, Paddy, son of Pat and Patricia Mahon, and a past pupil of St Colman’s National School, Mucklagh and Killina Presentation Secondary School in Rahan, also called on the expertise of world-renowned London-based mastering engineer Pete Maher, who has collaborated with U2, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Jack White and Newton Faulkner.

Crossroads is available across all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, while Paddy is also active on social media.

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