Rob Halligan has a reputation for his passionate live performance and his maverick approach to life. Considered by many as ‘one of the finest unsigned performers on the scene’, Rob’s song writing looks at life from an alternative perspective. 2009 will see the launch of Rob’s fourth CD, ‘Christians Brother’ recorded with Graeme Duffin (Wet Wet Wet) and produced by Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet) and featuring guest performances from Yvonne Lyon, Gareth Davies-Jones and Dave Lyon.
In the late 1990’s Rob started playing the local pub circuit with his band, Goldsmiths, delivering their own brand of indie-pop-rock. Their CD, IknowYouknow released in October 1999 won some excellent reviews. The band played some noteworthy venues including the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes and the Coventry Colloseum.
Rob’s life took a new direction after the death of his father in the terrorist events of 9/11 and this would be evident in his writing. His songs challenge faith, politics and complacency and are delivered with a rough spirituality, brutal honesty and tested to be true.
'Dancing With Seagulls' Rob's first solo project, produced by Simon Goodall (Cliff Richard) and featuring Dan Wheeler on guitar and Paul Evans (Delirious?) on drums, received praise from the folk and rock press. "An excellent album" raved CrossRhythms while the Phantom Tollbooth called it "…a pleasant and welcome musical treat!" Radio 2 presenter, Paul Gambaccini, commented, "These are some of the strongest songs I've heard for a while". The album had airplay on BBC1 TV, BBC Radio 2, and a host of local TV and radio stations.
Rob has now played at some of the finest acoustic venues and festivals in the UK including the MAC in Birmingham, The Norwich Arts Centre and The Lot in Edinburgh. He has twice headlined at the Godiva Festival (the largest free festival in the midlands) and played the Acoustic Festival of Britain. He also sings with 1980’s hit makers After The Fire. … “If Rob Halligan gets the recognition he so richly deserves, I advise to book him now, because I predict that very shortly, this extremely talented singer songwriter is going to become very 'big-time'!!” Chris Tobin – Covfolk