It was the little album that could. After flopping in 1998, David Gray's White Ladder was re-released in 2000 and without fanfare it became a monster.

From small beginnings, its mix of world weary ballads and soulful love songs is now the biggest-selling album in Irish history. It has also sold seven million copies worldwide. Not bad for a record made at home in Gray’s tiny London apartment.

Now Gray is set to re-release the album and play shows to mark the 20th anniversary of its initial success. Alan Corr met the singer songwriter to hear about how White Ladder scaled the heights. 

David Gray and band will play White Ladder in its entirety at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Tuesday, March 31, and in Dublin on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2