Joe O’Sullivan – Instead Of Many Shades Of Blue

Joe O’Sullivan – Instead Of Many Shades Of Blue


Joe O’Sullivan – Instead Of Many Shades Of Blue

The latest release from Rock / Singer / Songwriter Joe O’Sullivan


  1. Before
  2. On Your Radar
  3. I’ve Decided
  4. I Can’t Find The Words
  5. Open Hearted Man
  6. As Much As The Love In Your Eyes
  7. All About You
  8. Feel It All
  9. You Saw
  10. With The Reason
  11. No More The Statue


Cancer Specialist and QUB Professor Releases New Album for Charity

It’s been an intense, busy month in lockdown for Belfast-based Professor Joe
O’Sullivan. As a Consultant Prostate Cancer Oncologist at the Northern
Ireland Cancer Centre, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Queen’s University
Belfast, and a recognised world expert on prostate cancer – it might come as
a surprise to many people including Professor O’Sullivan’s patients, that
the Oncologist is also a successful singer-songwriter with two original
albums under his belt. Now the Professor will release a brand new album of
original songs ‘Instead of Many Shades of Blue’ on May 1st with all proceeds
going to local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre..

Joe recorded the album in Belfast late last year and had planned to release
in early March.  However that was before we knew about COVID 19. Since
mid-February, Joe, along with his colleagues in the Cancer Centre, has been
busy planning how to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the

Patients with cancer have been severely affected by the COVID crisis with
many treatments on hold or delayed, and most consultations now being by
phone rather than face to face. Friends of the Cancer Centre, Northern
Ireland’s premier cancer charity, continues to provide support to our local
cancer patients and once we get through the crisis, cancer patients and
their families will need more help than ever. Like all charities, Friends of
the Cancer Centre has been impacted by COVID-19, with the charity’s
fundraising events being postponed or cancelled as a result of the lockdown.
While continuing to work hard with his team at the Cancer Centre, the
Professor felt that the time was now right to release his album in order to
help raise vital funds and also awareness of the plight of cancer patients
and their families during the pandemic.

Joe’s previous two albums: ‘Take A Deep Breath’ (2015) and ‘Another Light’
(2017) both helped raise an amazing £10,000 for Friends of the Cancer
Centre, which  puts over £1 million  back into local cancer services across
Northern Ireland every year. Friends of the Cancer Centre is a charityclose
to Joe’s heart, as it is dedicated to making a difference to local people
through it’s vital work, which includes funding specialist nurses,
supporting cancer research and providing practical support, such as
financial grants, which can help families through a difficult time.

His new album ‘Instead ofMany Shades of Blue’ contains lyrics inspired by
true events, and is described as a personal collection of the
singer-songwriter’s journey over the last few years with heartbreak and new
love as key themes to his songs. The unifying message of the album is that
it is possible to change. Joe says. “What better time than during the
lockdown is there to consider positive change in our own lives and in
society generally”.

Stripped back instrument arrangements on the album allow the emotions of
every song to be felt by the listener. Joe’s vocal performance on the album
is outstanding and he is joined by son Oisín (16) on backing vocals, and a
three-piece backing band consisting of Lyn McMullan drums/percussion, Sam
Davidson lead guitar and Albert Millsbass guitar. The album was recorded in
Belfast at the end of last year and produced by Rocky O’Reilly at Start
Together Studios.

Joe spoke of his third album ahead of the release saying “During this
COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve always been thinking of brighter days ahead, and for
me, the ‘Instead of Many Shades of Blue’ album has been keeping me positive.
I think we all need creativity to get through this crisis together. I really
hope people enjoy these new songs”

“With my day job being extremely busy, and with many added worries and
pressures during this lockdown, I find it all very rewarding to know our
patients are cared for and safe atthis time. It has also given me a focus to
develop my songwriting skills, which I hope in turn will raise a lot more
money for Friends of the Cancer Centre.”


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