Picture This are an Irish alternative band based in Ireland, composed of Ryan Hennessy, Jimmy Rainsford, Owen Cardiff and Cliff Deane. In 2017, they released their debut album, which entered atop the Irish Albums Chart. The album's lead single, "Take My Hand", reached a peak of #34 on the Irish Singles Chart.
Picture This originate from Athy, County Kildare. The band consists Ryan Hennessy (vocals), Jimmy Rainsford (drums), Owen Cardiff (Guitar) and Cliff Deane (Bass). Rainsford had previously toured with Ryan Sheridan, whilst Hennessy had been a member of another local band. Deane, Cardiff and Rainsford had been childhood friends. Cliff and Owen joined the band when Hennessy and Rainsford asked them to play with Picture This.
2015–2017: Breakthrough & Picture This
In October 2015, Ryan Hennessy recorded a sample of the song "Take My Hand" on his iPhone, which he and Rainsford later recorded in studio. The video was uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, and has amassed over 4 million views across all platforms. The band's debut gig was to be played in the Grand Social venue in Dublin, which they sold out in under 30 minutes. To meet the demand, the gig was moved to The Academy, which has a capacity of 850 people. The band became the first act to sell out the venue for their debut gig.
The band announced a twenty-date tour of Ireland in Spring 2016. The tour began in Leixlip on 4 June and will culminate with three dates at the Olympia, a 1,600 capacity venue in Dublin on 1–3 November. As of 22 July 2016 tickets for sixteen of the shows have sold out, including two dates at the Olympia. After relocating to a different venue, band 'Picture This' managed to sell out at The Academy in Dublin for their debut gig on 3 April, making them the first band ever to achieve this.The band later announced that they would be playing a third and final date at the Olympia on 3 November 2016.In July, the band announced that they would be releasing their debut EP on 12 August. It is called Picture This EP and the track list features five original songs including Take My Hand.
The EP debuted at number-one on the Irish Albums Chart for an hour the week ending 18 August 2016.Picture This were the supporting headliner at the Longitude Festival in July 2017 and announced their Irish tour, which sold out in the 3Arena within three minutes of being released. They released their self-titled debut album on 25 August 2017.
2018–present: MDRN LV
On 23 March 2018, Picture This released "This Morning". On 15 June 2018, they released "When We Were Young". On 17 October 2018, they announced their second album, "MDRN LV", and released it's lead single, "One Drink". Following the release, they also announced their second headline tour.
Ryan Hennessy – vocals, guitar
Jimmy Rainsford – drums
Owen Cardiff - Guitar
Cliff Deane - Bass
Acoustic Guitarist Doug Smith is a Grammy Award Winner and the 2006 winner of the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition.
His playing has been heard on the big screen in the popular 2007 film August Rush and his original compositions are heard everywhere from NPR to TCM to Martha Stewart to Good morning America. His playing combines folk, classical and jazz elements and has been called "a cross between Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges."