Belfast songwriter Colm McIntyre has released his new EP, American Dream. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

In 2016 Colm received a Higher National Diploma at Distinction level in music from Belfast's Metropolitan college, where he was recognised and awarded for his song writing ability.

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In 2018 he teamed up with members of the Ulster Orchestra for the Home EP, raising £2,000 for homeless people in Ireland.

McIntyre released his debut album entitled Redemption in 2019 and went on to support rock band The Answer’s frontman Cormac Neeson, on his Irish tour.

In 2021, McIntyre was honoured as a recipient of legendary artist Van Morrison’s artist fund to help emerging artists create new music and he used this money to create his American Dream demos.

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

When I was a child, I wanted to be Spiderman when I grew up (and still do sometimes). The best place I’ve ever visited was Maui, Hawaii. I spent a few weeks writing new music and performing there last year. I hiked up a volcano, witnessed some amazing sunsets and hung out with huge turtles on the beach. My favourite fact to tell people is that "Stendhal syndrome" or "Florence syndrome" is when someone visits Florence, Italy, looks at the art and then faints because they can’t handle how stunning it is. Seriously, look it up.

How would you describe your music?

Songs for the soul.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Bowie, Springsteen, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Noel Gallagher, Foy Vance.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Stiff Little Fingers live in Belfast.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Jim Croce - I Got a Name.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night." Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Purple Rain - Prince.

Where can people find your music/more information?

You can find more info about me and listen here.