Sundrive are Michael McDonnell: Bass guitar, guitars, one-finger keyboards, backing vocals, vocals and Steve Cranley: Guitars, Backing Vocals, Occasional Vocals.
Sundrive followed the great success of their debut single, A Day Like Today, with their album Still Here to critical acclaim and quality airplay.
Michael, from Crumlin on Dublin’s Southside, came to music relatively late at 16, first playing guitar and then switching to bass after hearing the Beatles’ “Rain”. He has worked professionally as a musician ever since, both live and in the studio, providing backing vocals and instrumental backing for many other artists. He has been vegetarian since the age of 13, and lists “anything from Govinda’s in Dublin’ as his favorite food. Influences range from The Beatles, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin and Ron Sexsmith to Elvis Costello. Michael detests football with a vengeance, and describes the World Cup as a month of absolute torture and misery for him. “You can’t escape! People who have no business discussing football are at it, caught up in it! I went to B&Q during the matches”.
Steve is a Dubliner, hailing from the sprawling suburb of Tallaght. He has been playing guitar since he was 7, played in his first band at 13 years of age, and began writing his own songs soon afterwards. Since then he has worked as a professional musician, backing many of Ireland’s top performers both live and in the studio. He is soft-spoken and understated, leading people to mistakenly believe he is shy. Put a guitar in his hands, however, and things change… He is the type of guitarist who makes others go home and want to saw their hands off. Steve is an avid sports fan, especially fond of Formula One and Soccer. His influences include The Beatles and AC/DC.
Steve and Michael met while working on a project for a third party in 1997 and began collaborating, initially merely providing guitar and bass duties for each other’s recordings and progressed to writing and recording as the band SUNDRIVE in 2002. Their live debut: O2 in the Park on Sunday August 18th, to an estimated 100,000 people!!