Ugolino is a Dublin-born alternative hip-hop artist, fusing jazz and spoken word poetry, made up of vocalist, Shane Richardson, and producer, Oran Hurley. Read more about the members below.
24-year-old Shane uses his writing to tackle social issues in Ireland, highlighting his deeply relatable experience as a young person growing up in the country. Combining gritty spoken word vocal deliveries with deep poetic technique, Shane boasts a unique and authentic style of rap. Having a keen interest in Irish poetry, Shane derived the duo's alias from Seamus Heaney's poem "Ugolino".
Producer & Composer
22-year-old Oran Hurley incorporates elements of jazz and Western Art Music with modern pop and hip-hop production to create lush instrumentals, which serve to highlight the emotional content of Shane's lyrics. The choice of genres and sound worlds offers an interesting commentary on Ireland's history and place in the world.