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linda coogan

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Coogan is a fine wine that only gets better and better with age” Dave Conway -Triphazzard “There is a smouldering intensity to Coogan’s writing, understated accompaniments, and oh, so smooth and sultry vocals that speaks of hard won wisdom, and prim passion contained in a pasteboard box. Holding Back is a thirteen-song exegesis of the vagaries of love, sung with a sad smile and an inexplicable optimism. Its on repeat at the moment!” Mike Parker - Buddy Hollywood Singer songwriter of the month on
- Mike Parker

"musician .ie"

Not only can Linda Coogan play multiple instruments, as a qualified luthier she can also make them. Add to that her ability to sing and write songs and you have the ingredients for quite possibly the perfect musical package. This would be quite an achievement for most people in a life-time but when the person in question is still in their mid-twenties it is especially impressive. "

Stephen Egan,

- Stephen Egan

"Hotpress, Jackie Hayden"

Coogan brings echoes of Tanita Tikaram and Tracy Chapman, and adds her own sultry tones to her songs. 'Where I belong' sees her voice taking on a sensual whispery tone that will appeal to your repeat button. 'Black Eyes' moves into a folk-rock territory, with that breathy voice again delivering tonnes of passion and sensuality. Coogan has a head start with her beguiling style and classy songs.” - Jackie Hayden


Singers twice her age would be envious of the smouldering, very sexy voice that Linda possesses. If the right ears get to hear what she has to offer, then who knows what heights she could achieve. Do your ears and senses a favour, check out "Holding Back - Roddie cleere


Holding Back, radio play regional and national. and international.



A qualified luthier in the construction of Harps, guitars and other stringed instruments, Linda Coogan is both an extraordinary singer-songwriter and a consummate musician. Gifted with a voice of rare depth and sensuality this multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, and bodhran) has released her long-awaited debut album, “Holding back.”which has gained wide spread acclaim as far as America. And is currently working on the second album titled "this is my manna".

As well as gathering support from the international press Linda also appeared in Ireland's best selling music magazine HOTPRESS as Pick of the Fortnight, chosen by none other than music journalist Jackie Hayden – the critic who famously got U2 signed. Then later appearing in the Hotpress annual magazine as One of the TOP INDEPENDENT women of 2006 and one to Watch for 2007. Mojo hailed her as Irelands hidden gem. Proving that she exerts her own place amongst her peers, Linda has played alongside Kila, The Pale, Mundy, Aslan and many others in the past few months. Including doing a nationwide tour with Jack L for two months in April and March, imagine that two irresistible forces of nature on one stage.

Linda's raw smoky vocals, have been compared to Tori Amos meets Jewel and Tracy Chapman. And who can argue with that kind of comparison? the female Tom Waits even, but enough with the comparisons.....Coogan possesses an undeniable originality that exceeds her peer group. Her unique sounding debut album was recorded, in the true folk fashion, of less than a week.!!!

Recorded independently and self-produced, it contains 13 beautifully crafted songs on which Linda plays her own handmade electric guitar and bouzouki. Stop now and think how many other artists of 23 can say that?? The artwork on the album’s cover is by international artist Bernie Leahy, who was recently featured on Ireland’s Late Late show.

“I try to summon up emotion in the music whist maintaining melody and a touch of sensuality in the vocals. Folk music is sung from the heart, which is how a lot of my music is performed, but I wouldn’t squeeze it into any category. There is a touch of jazz and blues there too, along with rock,” says Linda. The music moves seamlessly from genre to genre as each songs unfolds. It cannot, nor does it need to be pigeon-holed into one category. The album’s passion for diversity is as exciting as it is authentic, and its quality reveals an artistic maturity that belies her 24 years of age.

Of late Linda Coogan has had a busy few weeks guys, apart from signing a production deal for her 2nd album, she is doing gigging nationwide and has signed a publishing deal with MOVIECUES in Nashville. Coogan was one of the faces of the Matchbox records MTV2 advert for the BIC3 compilation CD Coogan's song "Where I belong" is featured in. Coogan can be found of late either... playing live gigs, in the studio, making her new electric guitar or working on her latest caricatures, as she is an artist too and works with Drop D promotions as their cartoonist. Her latest Album titled This is my manna, is set to be released in 2008 and is eagerly anticipated. PLease check out her gigs listings to see if she is playing near you.