Ciaran Gribbin

NSW, Australia

KEYNOTE “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n’ roll”

From the war-torn streets of Northern Island to reaching the pinnacle of pop music as the lead singer of INXS, Australian-based Ciaran Gribbin is now finding favour as a keynote conference speaker with an inspirational story to tell. His journey from a young boy growing up in a bitterly divided society in North Ireland, to falling in love with a girl from the wrong side of the conflict, and then following his dream to make it in the cut-throat music world is a captivating story and one that is now capturing the attention of corporate event planners.

With thousands of local pub gigs under his belt but very little to show for it, Ciaran was about to give it all away when a chance meeting led to him writing a Grammy-nominated song for Madonna. Shortly after, a brush with INXS’s Andrew Farriss turned his career around and a tour fronting INXS followed. The year 2015 ended with an Oscar shortlist nomination for the song Hey Baby Doll which was sung by Al Pacino in the critically-acclaimed movie Danny Collins. Ciaran’s is a unique story about how patience, self-belief, persistence and determination made his musical dreams a reality. His keynote is sprinkled with acoustic songs - including some of INXS’s greatest hits - which makes his presentation even more memorable and intimate.

Team Building Workshops

Led by Ciaran Gribbin our workshops are the most fun that anyone can have at a corporate event! As we don’t take a cookie cutter approach to our business, our workshops are flexible with the ultimate goal being to connect people through the universal language of music. We’ll collaborate with you to design a musical experience that meets your desires and creates something truly special.

The Choir

An incredibly emotive experience as Ciaran Gribbin teaches the audience to sing in four-part harmony. This unifying moment will surprise and delight team members as they hear themselves sing together with no musical backing.


A motivating experience as the audience hears a snippet of Ciaran Gribbin’s inspiring journey from being a struggling musician in war-torn Northern Ireland to becoming a Grammy nominated songwriter and front-man of Australia’s Iconic rock band, INXS.

Song Writing

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Ciaran Gribbin will teach the audience about the organic way a song is crafted, from start to finish. Using only words suggested by the audience, he’ll help the group construct an original song with the theme of the event, or a business objective, as the title.

Rock Stars

Ever dream of being a rock star? Rock and Roll Team Building workshop audience 'volunteers' are transformed to appear as famous artists such as Amy Winehouse, Angus Young and Axel Rose. Singing live with Ciaran Gribbin and the Band, these volunteers always present some of the most entertaining and hilarious segments of our workshops.


Bring your next corporate event to life with an unforgettable rock concert. INXS lead singer Ciaran Gribbin has assembled a line-up of rock stars to support his live performances around the globe. Whether playing in a group or solo, Ciaran’s ability to fill a dance-floor from the very first song is second to none. His reputation for entertaining corporate groups is growing after performances in Europe, Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United States.

Available options for live performances:

  • Solo artist - Ciaran Gribbin
  • Duo - Ciaran Gribbin and fiddler
  • Trio - Ciaran Gribbin, fiddler and keys
  • Six-piece band - the whole box ‘n’ dice!

In addition to ‘rock’ orientated performance Ciaran Gribbin is a flexible artist with the ability to perform a variety of music styles to suit any event. Contact us for acustomised proposal.


Ciaran Gribbin is a true musician who sings and plays from the heart. An engaging storyteller, his personal story is eye opening and his music goose-bump inducing.
- Plan Australia

Ciaran was sensational, both his keynote on Thursday and him and his band on the next night... His passion for music, his abilities and his very personal approach were just awesome.
- WBP Australia

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