Royal Wood’s career trajectory is building one fan at a time through word of mouth, critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements. He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Junos, named iTunes’ Songwriter of the Year, Best Pop Album and Pop single, supported national tours with David Gray and Serena Ryder and landed song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
He has toured all over the world in support of his records, and appeared in major festivals like Take Root in The Netherlands, and Reeperbahn and PopKomm in Germany.
He has found critical praise worldwide.
THE IRISH TIMES
“Established as a talented multi- instrumentalist in his native Canada, the wonderfully named Royal Wood makes his Irish debut with this album of beautifully arranged, sweet and graceful melodies fronted by Wood’s voice, which is a peculiar hybrid of Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. Influences, from early Elton John to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney’s Wings, are lightly worn throughout the album, resulting in instantly memorable tunes. Juliet is a gently persuasive letter to a reluctant lover and Acting Crazy a strangely optimistic anthem for the lovelorn. The Tom Waits vibe of Siren and the Aimee Mann-ish Step Back, with its spooky take on “there’s no place like home”, give a saccharine-cutting edge to the work. With the airwaves dominated by brittle mainstream pop masquerading as indie, Wood deserves a chance to give old- fashioned songwriting a new lease of life.”
With the release of We Were Born To Glory on MapleRecordings/Universal Music this summer, his most inspired record to date, an upcoming national theatre tour and more in the works, now more than ever Royal Wood is an artist who is here to stay.
“With grander arrangements and more conviction in his chocolate-rich vocals, Royal Wood steps up on his third album, confirming his position amongst the cream of Canada’s songwriting crop.” – EXCLAIM
“Wood is on his way to establishing himself alongside the Canadian royalty of artists such as Sexsmith and Wainwright ” – EXCLAIM MAGAZINE
“One-man musical master…” – SPILL MAGAZINE
“Royal has moved away from the obvious comparisons to greats like Sexsmith and Wainright and now exists as one of their peers.” – HEROHILL
“With a sultry voice…Mr. Wood is definitely on par with his Canadian counterparts, if not better…” – CHART ATTACK
“It’s telling that Royal Wood was a child musical prodigy. His instincts for maneuvering around a song are expert…” – NOW MAGAZINE
“Royal Wood goes sophisticate on The Waiting” – Metro News
“Royal Wood crafts songs as sturdy and ragged as a freshly cut chunks of oak, but his smooth voice adds a shellac sheen to make them shine like diamonds…” – EYE MAGAZINE
“Royal Wood is poised to become a household name like Ron Sexsmith in the very near future. His continuing work will ensure that.” – Grayowl Point
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Jaime Nanci and the Blue Boys in the front bar (9pm, Free).