RISING STAR Ballinrobe singer-songwriter Faraway Martin.
Ballinrobe singer-songwriter Faraway Martin is home from Qatar to promote his new single, ‘Figure You Out’ – already one of RTÉ Radio 1’s recommended tracks.
Having already performed at the Claremorris Folk Festival last Sunday, he’s playing another gig this Thursday May 5 in Ballinrobe Library, a 200-year-old church with wonderful acoustics. His performance is part of the Live at the Library event, which will see a selection of top Mayo musicans play to celebrate Home to Mayo 2022.
It’s been a busy time for Faraway Martin, who was recently named one of Hot Press Magazine’s ‘Hot for 2022’. Last November, he was one of the headline acts at Qatar’s Formula 1 Grand Prix. Earlier this year he played at The Qatar MotoGP and has headlined various festivals in Doha. In Ireland, he has also opened for Aslan, Mick Flannery, Mundy and Hermitage Green, and has also performed at Electric Picnic.
His previous track, ‘The Lights Turn On’, was playlisted on Irish stations RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, iRadio as well as across local radio. It also reached No 5 on QBS Radio’s Top 40, the largest station in Qatar.
‘Figure You Out’ is a song about giving up on someone you have always been there for. It’s based on a situation where you bend over backwards for someone and they don’t show any thanks; it’s about seeing the light, knowing your worth and leaving a toxic situation like that behind.
“For me, this song gives a sense of freedom and new beginnings,” the singer reveals. “I feel that’s where I am with my music now. It’s the first of a string of singles set for release this year.”