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SEAN MCGOWAN AT HEARTBREAKERS *SOLD OUT*

 You can sum up the journey of Seán McGowan, the son of the smith, with the title of his first EP on Xtra Mile: Graft & Grief. Work and stress. Life at the anvil and hammer, bearing the brunt of life’s weight. Since 2009 he’s been at that grindstone, gathering stories and carving melodies while working late nights in bars between shows armed with just an acoustic guitar. Somehow the perpetual “new artist”, even as others adorned with that title come and go, and Seán is still at it allowing the songs to pour forth like the finest lager.

After two EPs, 2011’s McGovernment and 2012’s The People’s Music, he really became “one to watch” in 2013 around Brighton’s The Great Escape festival, and tours with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., The Rifles, Beans on Toast and Frank Turner followed. In early 2014, Sam Duckworth (Get Cape) helped Seán piece together his first double A-side single and would continue to be his go-to producer to this day at Sam’s own Amazing Grace studios. ‘Come Unstuck’ (featuring Frank Turner on backing vocals) and ‘Swings & Roundabouts’ emerged, and he spent the rest of the year on the road with Sam in the UK and Rob Lynch in Europe. After releasing the Look Lively EP in early 2016 and touring with Grace Petrie and Recreations (Sam again), he released breakthrough single ‘No Show’ and embarked on a sold-out full-band UK tour. He signed with Xtra Mile in 2017 before releasing his EP Graft & Grief in September. But all of this may not have happened, because Seán was struggling with doubt.