Colin Scallan
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Colin Scallan

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF
Band Pop Adult Contemporary


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"Colin Scallan @ JJ Smyths, Dublin 14/8/09"

Colin Scallan

Colin began with An easier way which has close harmony in the chorus. His band includes Conor Hastings (bass), Mick Morris (Mandolin/guitar) and Eric Yore (drums) with Colin playing guitar.

The familiar intro to Nothing around for miles which is a sweet number, brought a smile to my face. It's from his new album 'Songs for a Sinking World' and involves two acoustic guitars. This has a catchy melody and plucked guitar throughout.

Days Beneath the Sun
Colin used his electric guitar for this and with a touch of distortion it commanded a bit of hush from the chattering audience, with its gorgeous melody. A delicious lead solo and lots of dramatic chord combinations, this number is special!

He continued his set with A little love. Lots of oohs in the chorus and a bass riff make this a really interesting rock style song.

Build me a Woman
The mandolin came back for this and I loved the way that all strings played the intro to this slinky piece in unison, adding definition to it. Colin's lead solo here was exceptional and the crowd loved it.

Hanging on the wire (Paul Weller cover version)
This was a number with spectacular guitar bits in it, a short solo and a catchy melody. Some of the punters joined in with the chorus, proving it to be a good choice of song.

Neon Signs
Drums were particularly special here. Lots of rolls and fancy high jinx added excitement, along with a screaming lead solo, a powerful melody line and a cool riff filtering through the chorus.

Colin finished his set with a fab choice of song in The Last Battle; A favourite of mine from his album. His seamless solo and the way he makes that guitar talk never ceases to amaze me. This is real music from an act I could listen to forever and the night was young, - Angela Macari O'Looney (


2009: 'Remedy' Selected for online promotion campaign in association with Reverbnation and Microsoft.
2008: Debut album 'Songs for a Sinking World' released independently on iTunes.
2008: 'Strength in Numbers' included on's 'Music For Troops' CD - a non-profit compilation donated to the forces in Iraq to celebrate the fourth of July.
2008: 'Strength in Numbers' featured on Renilin: Offside Project, a music dvd due for release in Southern Italy.
2007: 'Build Me A Woman' named as finalist in the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition
2007: 'Strength in Numbers' released on Hollywood label 272 Records compilation - Acoustika vol.2
2007: EP07
2006: Build me a Woman video released on
2006: 'Build Me a Woman' broadcast on WJR Detroit's 'The Big Story' to audience of 37 million
2005: Played on the RidgeWalkers #1 Dance Hit 'Find'
2005: 'A Little Love' included on GigSmart compilation cd.
2004: Instrumental track 'Epilogue' included on 'Sundazed' compilation (nippi records)



Colin Scallan is an independent musician, performer, songwriter and producer from Dublin, Ireland.

At home (and abroad whenever possible) he tours almost constantly. Both solo, and with his band he has been busy building a solid reputation for dedication and honesty in his live shows.

His songwriting stems from a wide background of musical influences, honed by a well-crafted playing style and a voice full of individuality, all of which add up to a rich catalogue of unmistakable quality and character.

Both live, and as a recording artist Colin Scallan has been compared at various times to such hallowed names as Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, Chili Peppers, Queen, Radiohead, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Greenday, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, John Martyn, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles.. And in all honesty many of Colin's personal heroes are contained within this much-condensed list.

Onstage, his usual weapons of choice are classics: acoustic guitar and vocal combination peppered to-taste with harmonica. But when conditions are right he invariably opts for his fender telecaster (for which he has quite an affinity). And increasingly lately, saxophone - his new pet project..

His adaptability in the studio - coupling an appreciation for vintage 'record' making with unrestricted technological invention, yields a sound that has been described by one US publicist as "modern classic".

To date Colin's work has won him countless accolades, awards, fans, and rave reviews - and has opened many doors to exciting opportunities all over the world.
His songs and music videos have featured in several high-profile promotional campaigns (Microsoft/Reverbnation/Eircom/
He has also appeared on compilations and charity CDs in countries such as The US, Italy, Holland, Iraq, Ireland and Canada.

His debut album "Songs for a Sinking World" - recorded in Detroit and Dublin and released independently in 2008 received much critical acclaim. Colin is currently busy promoting this first offering on several fronts, as well as finding time to write and record material for his second album.

Colin's other interests include learning video editing and mandarin Chinese. He has also travelled extensively throughout the US, the UK, Europe and China.

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