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Fran O'Hanlon acquired the name AJIMAL as the result of an encounter with an infamous voodoo priest, in the aftermath of being caught up in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Hailing from Newcastle, O’Hanlon qualified as a doctor whilst recording his first album, ‘Childhood’. Working alongside Guy Massey (The Beatles, Spiritualised, Bill Fay, The Divine Comedy), AJIMAL's second album, As It Grows Dark / Light, was released in 2020.
Although a classically trained pianist, O’Hanlon feels much more comfortable writing and exploring music by ear, rather than through the more rigid classical syllabus he grew up with, a discovery that has enabled him to combine a career in medicine with music. AJIMAL's live shows encompass elements of both soaring grandeur and pin drop intimacy. “Setting a new benchmark for sensitive pop.” The Line of Best Fit “Idiosyncratic, heart-wrenching songs.” NME “AJIMAL’s gorgeous lilt seduces with a soothing concoction of pianos, harps and ethereal delivery.” Clash @ajimalmusic http://www.ajimal.co.uk