in conversation with Zoe Staunton

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Venue: Theatre Royal

Date / Time: 4:00pm, Saturday, 23rd October

Show Cancelled



NEALO is a rapper cut from a different cloth. Taking influence from Jazz Rap, Conscious Rap and R&B, his lyrics blend deeply rooted personal philosophies with classic Dublinisms in a manner that is equal parts emotive and compelling. All of this floats on a bed of smooth, jazz-infused instrumentals and vocal harmonies from a free-flowing line-up of some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. At the core of Nealo’s live show is the dynamic and love that the people on stage share, resulting in a metamorphosing experience that seeps into the fabric of any venue they happen to occupy.  

Emigration, break-ups, drug and alcohol use, the loss of friends and the death of loved ones have all been an integral part of Ireland, and of the wider world, for generations. In Nealo’s hands, they are not just lyrical themes, but also catalysts on his path to becoming the man, and the artist, that he is today. 

His 2020 debut album, ‘All The Leaves Are Falling’, was his way of channeling as much of his emotions as he can into a piece of music. 

Since its release at the end of October 2020, ‘All The Leaves Are Falling’ has been praised by press and fans alike, with The Irish Times commenting that “Nealo wins by tapping into the disillusionment he shares with so many peers”, The Sunday Business Post calling it “hip-hop that tips the hat to the coolest and most instinctive neo-jazz rhythms you'll hear outside New Orleans” and Earmilk writing that “one of Ireland's most soulful hip-hop artists, Nealo, delivers on every level” with his debut album. 

‘All The Leaves Are Falling’ is Nealo’s journey through the seasons of life in the form of ten tracks.

Zoe Staunton


Music has always been a huge part of Zoe’s life. She learned how to play music and sang from an early age before beginning her DJing career at the age of 17 with Flowmotion in Waterford. A move to Dublin saw Zoe play across the capital at Pravda, Life Bar, Harbour Masters and The Gaiety Theatre. She also DJed at Traffik and The Forum in Waterford. 

This appetite for music led to Zoe completing a broadcasting course with Waterford Institute of Technology, WLR and Beat 102-103 and going on to present The Green Scene, a contemporary new Irish music show on WLR for the last 8 years.

Guests on the show have included The Coronas, Picture This, King Kong Company, Tebi Rex, Jerry Fish, Otherkin, Fangclub, Stephanie Rainey, Susan O’Neill, and Join Me In The Pines to name but a small few!

The ever-growing, evolving Irish Music industry fascinated Zoe and she created a special series called ‘A Breath of Fresh Eire’ as part of the show in 2017. It gave listeners an insight into the industry and what it takes to get ahead. Guests included Angela Dorgan, CEO, First Music Contact; Jim Lawless, Manager of The Coronas and Fangclub; and Mick O’Keeffe, Daytripper Festival. 

Currently, Zoe is eagerly anticipating the return of the live music sector post-pandemic.


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