On a remote island in County Donegal, Ryan McMullan is working on his debut album and is hopeful this could be a breakthrough moment in his musical career.
From part-time pub singer to supporting Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol on the global stage, a new documentary made by Cyprus Avenue Films and Fine Point Films follows the up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland across a fiveyear period.
Set against the rugged landscape of Cruit Island in County Donegal, this film centres around an album recording session and intertwines these segments with other milestones in Ryan’s career: from his first meeting with mentor Foy Vance in Washington DC to a headline performance at the Ulster Hall.
Ryan says: “Dreams are great and all, but it was never my intention to be a singer songwriter. It was never my intention to make an album.”
With the help of Foy Vance, manager and drummer Paul ‘Hammy’ Hamilton and co-producer Eoin O’Callaghan, this film reveals there is no shortcut for their young protégé to become the next big thing.
It takes commitment and a lot of soul searching for the Portaferry musician to truly find his voice.
Like the rest of the world, plans for 2020 are thrown into disarray and Ryan’s album release is derailed by a global pandemic.
This is ultimately a story about the dedication it takes to make it in the music industry and the film leaves Ryan at a crossroads waiting and hoping his debut album – once released – will lead him to bigger and brighter things.