TOUCAN is the music project of pop, funk and soul artist, Conor Clancy.
He released his debut single We Fell For Miles in Spring of 2018 and it had instant success on Spotify, accumulating millions of streams with large listenership in Ireland, The UK, USA, and Australia. He received airplay from Ireland’s biggest stations such as RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio 1, Spin1038, Redfm, WLRfm, and many more.
Once he released his debut EP, the momentum accelerated considerably – he was chosen to perform at Other Voices 2018, had sold out shows all across Ireland and in London, was asked to be special guest for Nile Rodgers & CHIC in Dublin and played a support set in London’s Royal Albert Hall. He’s been asked to be special guest for Durand Jones & The Indications and for James Blunt, and performed live on BBC Radio London for the Robert Elms show.
The Summer of 2019 was packed full of festivals where the act was featured at Knockanstockan, Kaleidoscope, Love Sensation and Electric Picnic, the latter of which was reviewed by Hot Press as ‘a triumphant debut…hoards of teenage devotees shouting back every word’. The momentum continued throughout the year, with a show in New York for Mondo Music Conference, a UK & Ireland tour, performances at the Cork International Jazz Festival and Coughlan’s Live Festival, the release of a second EP and a sold-out performance at The Academy, Dublin.
2020 began brightly, starting the year with yet another sold-out performance at Cork’s Cyprus Avenue, but when the pandemic hit, the momentum was stopped in its tracks. Over the last two years, Conor has been writing and recording demos, and getting ready for the reopening of the music industry.
‘Expect to see them everywhere’ – REMY
‘The brightest sound coming out of Ireland in a long, long time. Absolutely brilliant stuff” – Shay Byrne, RTÉ Radio 1
“The perfect blend of soulful funk-pop…a strong contender in an era where George Ezra and Rag’n’Bone Man reign supreme” – Hot Press
‘It’s got soul and funk coming out of every orifice…a hugely promising debut’ – JOE.ie
‘Reminiscent of the likes of Stevie Wonder complete with riffing brass sections and memorable choruses.’ – The Thin Air