Michael Moloney’s appearance at this year’s Electric Picnic will be another great milestone in the career of the teenage Ballina singer songwriter.
In July, Michael saw his newest track 90s enter the Official Irish Homegrown Charts at No. 17 on the day of its release, jumping in ahead of Inhaler and Damien Dempsey. And the song was immediately playlisted by 2FM.
Now he will enjoy even greater exposure at the premier outdoor music festival of the Irish calendar, playing on The ArtLot Stage of Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co. Laois on Saturday, September 2.
It has been a whirlwind few years for the young artist, who will sit his Leaving Certificate in 2024.
As well as being selected as a finalist for Junior Eurovision, Michael has made appearances on The Today Show, Ireland AM, The Evening Show and on the Covid special Homeschool Hub.
Michael’s musical pedigree is impeccable.
His late dad Emmett was a devoted fan of music whose eponymous Ballina pub attracted music lovers from all over. Its rock and blues gigs were legendary with local, national and international artists performing there regularly during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Among these were established acts like Henry McCullough and Paddy Casey along with countless emerging bands that gained valuable exposure.
Even young Michael performed on stage in his dad’s music venue before his voice broke, singing The Script’s Rain and playing a guitar that stretched longer than he did. Michael’s passion for music only grew from then onwards, no doubt inspired by his dad, who died in May 2017.
There’s impressive musical lineage on his mum Sandra’s side of the family too, including well-known guitarist Dom McLoughlin, Michael’s uncle.
And following his impressive Late Late Toy Show live television appearance almost three years ago, the young singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has proven that he was no ‘flash in the pan’.
He plays The Helix Theatre in Dublin in November, and hopes to have new music coming out very soon.
Michael’s song 90s demonstrates a great way with words, as he steps into the pop sphere more deeply than ever before. The track pays homage to a decade that, for him, spawned such an appealing pop culture, be that the music of Nirvana or the appeal of TV show Friends!
Keep an eye on this young man as his emerging creativity is further revealed over the coming months and years.