When Ronan was eleven or twelve, he used to listen to pirate radio stations on his solid state radio under his pillow. His first crush, which was imagined, was for a girl called Laura. A song came out on the radio called ‘Tell Laura I love her’ by Ray Peterson….. How did Ray know? Ronan knew, somehow, he wanted to get into the singer-songwriter world and make these connections through song and music.
Much European touring and supporting a succession of musicians including Slim Whitman, BillyJoe Spears, Mick Hanley, Freddy White and even Joe Dolan, eventually ushered Leonard into a solo career.
Ronan signed to ‘Look at Me Records’ in Germany. Fellow Singer-Songwriter and Producer Martin Praetorious, recorded and produced the albums ‘Far Away Hills’ and ‘Eleven Little Steps.’ Legendary, award winning Irish broadcaster, music producer and author, P.J. Curtis took the helm for ‘Roomful of Dreamers,’ with the engineering and musical additions workload, ably handled by Red Door studios owner and Van Morrison musical director/guitarist, Dave Keary. ‘The Reason’ and ‘Forbidden Fruit’ were produced by renowned TV musical director, session bass player extraordinaire, and Leonard’s Westmeath neighbour, Garvin Gallagher.
Ronan’s music has received extensive national radio airplay in Ireland from influential DJ’s such as RTÉ 1 Radio’s Larry Gogan, Ronan Collins, John Creedon and a live spot with Ronan’s band ‘Acoustic Couch’ on the Pat Kenny show. In addition, he has been played on many radio stations across Europe. TV appearances include ‘Open House’ on RTÉ 1.
The new single ‘Now That You Know’ can now be purchased on Bandcamp and streamed via the usual platforms.
‘Now That You Know’ – A song of realisation that love and loyalty are still there, only to be acted upon.