Raised on a diet of The Clash, The Jam, Specials, Billy Bragg and other such politically-charged, punk-ignited British pop, Southampton-born troubadour Seán McGowan had been playing up and down the UK for over five years, and DIY released two EPs (given away/sold on a “pay what you want” basis at shows), before catching the ears of the music industry at 2013’s Great Escape festival.
An appearance on Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury that year saw Seán exposed to his biggest audience yet, and he went on to tour and play shows with artists like Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Rifles, Beans On Toast and Frank Turner. His debut album 'Son of the Smith' eventually followed in 2018 to great acclaim.