Irish Singer-songwriter Ivan Nicolas started out as a drummer in a blues band and then progressed to guitar and piano. He crossed the path of Philip Donnelly, Philip was a session musician for Johnny Cash and was a frequent luminary of The Everly Brothers, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Townes Van Zandt, Donovan, and many others on the Nashville circuit. During Ivan’s time touring and being mentored by Philip he began to learn the craft of song writing and performing.

After honing his craft, Ivan decided to move to Kerry to live on the side of a mountain for a year in solitude working on writing his debut album. Living with such open space around him helped sculpt his personal process of loss and love on many levels, drawing from personal experiences such as the loss of a friend and intimate trials and tribulations of human relationships. 

The album was recorded with acclaimed producer Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, Michael Jackson, Liam Clancy). Ivan's self titled debut album will be released on the 1/3/2019. 


"Part Arcade Fire bombast and part the War On Drugs driving alt.rock, Ivan Nicolas’ latest offering ‘Moving On’ centers itself around a persistent punching backbone that cuts right through the textural middle ground of the music." The Last Mixed Tape

“One of the most exciting songs I’ve heard from an Irish act in 2017.” Ed Smith - Today FM

"Dublin singer-songwriter Ivan Nicolas and his new single 'Moving On', which swings from old school 80's pop rock to modern indie stylings you might expect from The War on Drugs and gets better and better with every listen." Remy.