Pride Profiles: Sammy Copley

To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.

By Hannah Quearney

Listen If You Like

Cat Stevens, Rusty Clanton, Orla Gartland

Who He Is

With over 220,000 YouTube subscribers, the virality of Sammy Copley’s music clashes with its humble nature in the absolute best way. In bridging the musical generation gap by adding a particular Gen Z ingenuity to honeyed folk instrumentals, Copley honours the romanticism of the music traditions of yore.

His first album Growing Pains is a decalage of home comforts and adolescent memories, the warmth of a Beatrix Potter illustration come to life or the crunch of autumn leaves. Its title track, with layered harmonies and saccharine melodies that wrap around to embrace you, paints a forgiving picture of the passage of time. The concept of one being wise beyond their years is a cliché once it’s in the wrong hands, but in Copley’s case it feels most appropriate. The album’s oaky production and Copley’s shimmering vocals makes for the most appropriate autumnal listening — even during Pride month.

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