Training as a young orchestral viola player, Belfast-born Owen Denvir was drawn by the alternative sound of Bon Iver over Bach. These two styles of music influence his songwriting, which Hot Press magazine have described as “honest, personal… complex and affecting”.
After spending the last year collaborating with the charity ‘Live Music Now’ – who provide professional music for care homes and special schools – Owen recorded and produced the album “Music & Memories: Voices of Belfast” alongside Peter J McCauley (of Rams’ Pocket Radio). This project was compiled over six months, where the residents of East & West Belfast care homes shared their memories and sang their favourite classic folk songs. The result is a unique set of arrangements featuring guitar, piano, viola and ukulele, bringing together voices from across the city in a blend of nostalgia and Belfast wit. A short film featuring participants at Edgecumbe Day Centre is available at https://vimeo.com/335850076