Ryan Sheridan took the long way 'round to success. After toughing it out with bar shows in New York and time spent with a group in Glasgow, the Monaghan man and his percussionist Artur Graczyk got their big break busking. In Dublin.

Sheridan's songs and the duo's chops must've stood out a mile in Temple Bar - even hapless A&R man Artie Fufkin from 'This Is Spinal Tap' would've realised he was on to something after hearing them.

While Sheridan could've done with capturing more of the roughness and readiness of those street shows in the studio, his acoustic guitar-driven mix of stomping and swooning pop-rock is expertly crafted, and 'The Day You Live Forever' comes with a big bow wrapped around it for any labels or stations across the Atlantic.

He's at his most exciting when he races himself on the frets, with 'Stand Up Tall', last year's breakthrough 'Jigsaw', current single 'The Dreamer' and 'The Game' pointing the way for the future.

In the meantime, this record is a happy ending to one man's dogged persistence - Sheridan will enjoy many more of them.

Harry Guerin