Still just 20, Seán started gigging in late 2010, with Dean Paul accompanying him on acoustic guitar.
Within a year of his first performance he had won a national competition to support Shed Seven at the O2 Academy Bournemouth, was awarded Unsigned Artist of The Week by Absolute Radio and supported acts such as The Delays, and The Men They Couldn't Hang.
2012 saw Seán play his first festivals, making his début at Blissfields in July before playing up and down the UK all summer, highlights included opening the Strummer of Love Festival and playing to a huge crowd at Bestival.
Seán's second EP, The Peoples Music, was released in November to rave reviews from bloggers countrywide. In the same week one of Seán's biggest influences, Billy Bragg, tipped Seán as One to Watch for 2013 in his John Peel lecture broadcast worldwide by the BBC. Two tracks from the EP have received airplay on BBC Radio 1, as well as being featured by BBC Introducing and many other radio stations around the country.
So far in 2013, Seán has regularly been playing to sold out crowds in his home-town and has supported acts including Frank Turner, Reverend & The Makers as well as selling out his first London headline show at Camden Barfly.
Already booked for a host of festivals over the summer, Seán is ready to make a huge impact in 2013.
"This guy has a powerhouse of a voice with raspy tinges that sounds like it may have developed over years of cutting his teeth in smoky bars" Louder Than War
“I fucking love this guy” Beans On Toast
"Bringing forward playfully poetic lyricism highlighted by a catchy English accent and an evident passion for his music, Sean McGowan has us holding back tears and the hairs on our neck standing on end ready to collapse". http://www.hitthefloor.co.uk/
"Once radio gets hold of Never Let Us In, he’ll be huge." Punk Prospect
"More passion than a vegan, celibate Greenpeace worker who's frantically trying to save the whale" http://www.carpemusica.com/
“Seán McGowan is an amazing new artist who has blown everyone in Shed Seven away both with his music and also his efforts to gather support this week. We would would be honoured to invite Seán to open up for us". Shed Seven
"This intense young acoustic gave a Jamie T-esque inspired performance with rousing lyrical talent that felt incredible real and raw." Supajam - after reaching the final of their "Play Hop Farm" competition
“Outstanding – our Unsigned Track of the Week” Absolute Radio
“Amazing new artist who we are expecting big things from” Xan Phillips, Voice FM
"There’s no doubting why he’s so popular locally, and there is potential, but the songwriting needs to mature and take on wider political and social issues, and I have no doubt it will. Expect big things, just not quite yet" #Folkgeek