Ren aka Conor Owen is quickly building a reputation for writing masterful songs with musical substance. Born in to London's East End with Irish and Liverpudlian parents but now calling Newcastle home, it's fair to say that Owen's songwriting has been forged in hard working communities where story telling is an art form.
Ren’s 2017 debut release ‘A Calling From The Shore’ reflects upon an adventurous and searching period of time living out of his van around the UK and Europe. It's clear to see that audiences have really connected with Ren’s yearning for exploration as ‘A Calling From The Shore’ has received 750k streams on spotify since it’s release as well as having being played on top regional and national radio stations including Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 6music.
2019 has seen the release of 'Blue Honuds', a protest song in the classic mold, and 'Spencer Street' a nostalgic reflection of a past relationship. Continuing focus on the Spencer Street single ahead of further new studio material through 2019, Ren releases a bootleg version of Spencer Street live at the iconic Barrel House venue - capturing Ren's deft ability to strip down full arrangements & deliver a different and engaging take on them. Recently supported Sam Fender, Westerman and Old Sea Brigade. Coverage from Clash, Indie London, Belwood Music Blog, Thank Folk For That, Music Injection, BBC Radio Bristol, 6music and Amazing Radio.
‘Slow, sparse and gorgeous’ Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 (referring to ‘Late Night Drive’ track 4)
‘Some songwriters don’t just sing, they bleed the words’ – Ray Jones, Time Out Live
‘He is an excellent guitarist who knows how to write great songs, while also being a very listenable artist that will win many new fans with his easygoing tracks.’ – Listen Here Reviews