Peter Doran is an independent Irish singer songwriter. and musician. His fifth studio album "Voices" was released in May 2021. Recorded and Co-produced by Hally at Arthouse Studios in Naas, the album features contributions from Haley Heynderickx (USA), Emmett Tinley (The Prayer Boat), and string duties shared by Dublin-based composer/arranger Mary Barnecutt and Peter's long-term collaborator Gerard Toal (Madrid).
"Every Little Thing" from his 2012 album "Overhead the Stars" has been played over 1,000,000 times on spotify and is the theme tune for the American podcast series "The Minimalists".
In recent years Peter has headlined shows in Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, Belgium and New York and opened shows for Mick Flannery, The Lone Bellow, Declan O'Rourke, Fionn Regan and Duke Special.
In 2014 Peter released his fourth studio album "Outlines" to critical acclaim in Ireland. "Always Kind", the lead single, received great support at RTE Radio 1 and John Creedon remarked "This guy is bound for glory if he's not careful". The album was recorded in a small lake house in the Irish countryside, and was the artist's most direct and sparse work to date.
Alongside his solo work, Peter is also one half of the songwriting Partnership "The Great Trade" with fellow Mullingar musician Brian Murphy. The pair have built up a catalogue of songs, and plan to record their debut album as soon as life allows.
"Delicate and absolutely stunning" - Ed Smith, Today FM
"Peter Doran and Haley Heynderickx weave a wonderfully gentle slice of folk with their duet "Blue Mountains". Simply a joy to listen to - The Last Mixed Tape
"Blue Mountains" may be a perfect folk song. Doran and Heynderickx's voices blend perfectly together. It's such a chilled out, beautiful folk song that is impossible not to be sucked in by. There aren't many perfect songs out there, but "Blue Mountain" is one. - If it's too loud.com (music blog)
Ahead of the release of his upcoming album Voices (out May 7), Peter Doran shares his stunning new track 'Blue Mountains'. Incorporating elements of folk, Americana and country, he's joined on the track by American songwriter Haley Heynderickx - Hotpress
The title track immediately grips the listener, using simple guitar melodies and Doran’s gritty tone to repeat the haunting mantra, ‘Are you hearing voices? Have you been scratching at your skin?’.
Mellow, poetic ballads trace Doran’s altered emotional landscape over the past six years. Lead single ‘Nothing New Under The Sun’ is a highlight, exploring those moments where faith and vision are painfully lacking in one’s life, but ‘Voices’ is a quiet showstopper. - Hotpress 7/10
A beautiful album from the Irish Singer/Songwriter, where gentle folk melodies and intricate musicianship blend with introspective vocals to an almost magical effect." Mark Kavanagh - The Star
"Doran has nailed a very particular tone and feeling with this record." Lauren Murphy - The Irish Times
"With it's overtones of Damien Rice and James Vincent McMorrow, this is an absorbing, uplifting record" - 8/10 Hotpress
"It’s fragile, it’s beautiful, it’s elegant... it’s everything that you’d hope for from an album." - Dan Hegarty 2fm
"Doran excels himself with ‘Outlines’ as a whole and must be applauded for stripping matters back" 9/10. - Greg Clifford for Unsigned and Independent Magazine.
"The album glistens with musicianship and crackles with gentle, introspective songwriting. Outlines establishes the artist as a very special songwriting talent." 9/10 Stephen White (The Last Mixed Tape Blog)
"This guy I think is bound for glory... if he's not careful"
- John Creedon (Rte Radio 1)
Part Nick Drake, part David Gray (seriously), Tug is another blunt missive from the borders of real and imagined, images of ghosts, poison and ‘..rooms that lie beneath..’, sickly-nothings in between the notes that propel a song intent on self-flagellation – if these are just stories, they’re incredibly well delivered.
- Paul Woodgate for Folk Radio UK