London calling for Conleth as he airs latest single

Conleth Kane.
Conleth Kane.

Lurgan born singer songwriter Conleth Kane has a special date this weekend - with a guest appearance on BBC Radio London’s Gaby Roslin Show.

He’ll be promoting his new single ‘I Wonder’ and he’s hoping it will be his London breakthrough.

He’s guesting on the show at 2pm and 3pm as he makes his transition from actor and West End star to singer/songwriter.

He said: “It’s great to be taken seriously like this.”

But he was also keen to point out he wasn’t quitting the theatre: “I’m not putting theatre to bed, I will be back to the theatre again later.”

His single ‘I Wonder’ will be released in May and, at one stage, the song had been a contender to be Ireland’s Eurovision song contest entry but as Conleth explained: “It was to have been performed by a different singer but it would not have been right for him vocally.

“I knew the song ‘had legs’ and now is my chance to go forward with it.”

As part of his effort he emailled the Gaby Roslin Show to see would they be interested: “I told them I was from Lurgan and listed my TV and other credits. I sent it off about four or five weeks ago.

“I’d actually forgot I had sent it and then I got a reply. It was brilliant!”

He will be live on the BBC on Sunday with household name Gaby, on a show which often features high profile names so it represents a fantastic chance for Conleth to get his music out there.

As with his first single ‘The Grass is Greener’, the song comes from a negative experience for Conleth, following a heartbreaking spilt with his ex-partner.

Indeed he will be performing the song on the anniversary of the date when Conleth and he got together.

“The universe works in strange ways,” said a philosophical Conleth.

“I managed to turn an emotionally turbulent time and translated how I was feeling onto the page.

“Finally I am in such a better head-space than where I was, channelling all my creativity into these songs

“Maybe the whole thing was meant to happen.

“At the time I couldn’t accept what happened, I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. People told me time is a healer, in a way it is but I used my creativity to heal myself. You can turn a negative into a positive.”

He added: “I want to do the town proud. It’s such a strange feeling going into a shop and people stopping you to say they loved your song. To be stopped in the street and complimented is brilliant People have been so supportive.”