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Karl McConnon Stand Up And Clap Your Hands


Catchy reggae rhythms, strong bass-lines and infectiously anthem-ready hooks make up the initial sound of songwriter and performer Karl McConnon. The further you delve into his catalog, however, the more these genre labels and assumptions fall rightfully aside.

Hitting the scene with an immediately likable, accessible and memorable single, Stand Up And Clap Your Hands more than delivers on the celebratory good vibes of its title, and introduces a musician with a clear passion for the positivity and escapism of organic music.

Featuring a handful of vocal hooks and accompanying visuals that further elevate this all-together-now, stage-ready brightness, Stand Up And Clap Your Hands has the makings of a timeless summer hit – a festival classic with a long-enough name to stand out and a perfectly executed set-up within.

Gifting everything from relatable, inspiring lyrics to stylish guitar solos and a live, authentic capture, it’s a mighty opening song from McConnon, and it speaks volumes on behalf of his ability and energy as an artist.

Other highlights from McConnon’s repertoire underline an impressive versatility yet equal devotion.

Consider the soaring electric guitars of a classic rock and roll-kissed Always Be Free. Conceptually uplifting as ever, with those accessible, humble vocals at the forefront – the track highlights an all the more gripping musicality for its fast-fingered solos and the sheer overall pace of the delivery.

Then on the flip side, Same Auld Road strips things back to the bare essentials – an acoustic folk song but with a brilliantly addictive central hook; before things build to an again addictively knees-up-style anthem.

Without question, Karl McConnon is an artist more than worthy of gracing the stages at many a festival and outdoor event this coming summer.

While you’re enjoying the collection to date, the pop-rock optimism of Count On You is an easy song to appreciate, inclusive and open-minded in its warmth and unity – with yet another mighty chorus that lingers indefinitely in the mind.

Also from back in 2020, the pirate-style folk presentation of Dwelling Friend is beautifully on point – a little Rusted Root-esque in its multi-vocal connection and the reflective lyrics and poetic imagery throughout. A personal favourite.

Increasingly impressive, the studio collection is genuinely brilliant – songs that naturally sound good at volume, and which would undoubtedly come to life in a whole new way at live shows. Karl McConnon is one to know about this year.

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Rebecca Cullen

Founder & Editor

Founder, Editor, Musician & MA Songwriter

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