"'To the Morning Sky' shines its light on diverse styles, all comfortable in the words and music of Shea Rafferty, making its mark with heft on the assured strut through 'One of a Kind', and tenderly letting hushed notes flicker over the urging of a hammering beat to provide his take on trust with 'That’s What Friends Are For'”. - The Alternate Root
“With bright and shiny guitar, soaring vocals and a trumpet melody line, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ branches into powerful streams of hope and support. Shea Rafferty’s new album promises to comfort your soul.” – Americana Highways
"Led in by its uplifting rhythm reminiscent of classics such as Gordon Lightfoot, the track flows gently into its infectious chorus, going between slide guitar, a floating piano hook and Shea’s prominent melodic vocal." - XS Noize
Northern Ireland-born, North London-based Shea Rafferty is a singer/songwriter with stories to share. Drawing influence from legendary American giants of song Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, as well as contemporary artists such as Ryan Adams and War On Drugs, Shea is fast acquiring a reputation as a distinctive, singular voice on the UK’s Americana gig circuit. Having debuted with a self-titled four track EP in 2015, Shea recently travelled to Portland, Oregon to record his debut album, made up of brand new material with Gregg Williams (Jesse Malin/Blitzen Trapper) and Troy Stewart (Tired Pony/The Windsor Player).
The late Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard once defined the ingredients of a great song as “three chords and the truth”, but the success of that deceptively simple formula relies upon the songwriter’s willingness to crack open their sternum, pull out their heart and place it on the table for the whole world to see. With his strongest set of songs to date, Shea is ready to face that challenge.
Embedded in North London’s fertile musical community, Shea called upon the services of Animal Kingdom drummer Geoff Lea to produce his self-titled EP. Lea also appeared, alongside Snow Patrol/Little Matador guitarist Nathan Connolly, in the video for the EP’s lead track 'Part Of The Game'. Shea Rafferty's debut LP, 'To The Morning Sky', was released on 6th December 2019, and builds upon this early promise, showcasing a compelling, engaging new talent with a vision and voice all his own.
Written by Paul Brannigan