Derek is little bit of pop and little bit of country

Derek Ryan on stage at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Derek Ryan on stage at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

0
Have your say

Irish singing sensation, Derek Ryan, returns to the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, on Thursday, November 10.

From Moy to Melbourne and Limavady to London – Derek Ryan is Irish country music’s golden boy with chart topping albums, self-written smash hit singles, box office busting live tours and of course, an army of faithful fans around the world.

The roll call of success for the multi-talented Irishman is long and much deserved – with two Irish number one albums, sell-out shows at home and abroad and fistfuls of music awards to his name.

The County Carlow songwriter has had his songs recorded by the likes of Daniel O’Donnell and Foster and Allen amongst others and has been credited as one of the people instrumental in reinvigorating Irish Country Music by opening it to a new young audience.

Songs such as Welcome Home (The Gathering), Made Of Gold, A Mother’s Son, Life Is A River, Hold On To Your Hat, Flowers In Your Hair, Cry, Bendigo and 2016 Number One smash, Yoyo (You’re Only Young Once) emphasise Derek’s fantastic flair for self-written songs and touching the hearts and feet of his fans!

He has won countless accolades including Entertainer Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best Live Performer. But he is perhaps proudest of the award winning recognition for his songwriting abilities at the Sunday World and Irish Country Music Awards.

It was pop which first drew the teenage Derek into the music business. He followed in the chart busting footsteps of Irish boybands, Boyzone and Westlife. Managed by Kim Glover - the same woman responsible for Dublin born UK chart toppers, B*Witched and TV superstars, Ant and Dec’s singing years - Derek enjoyed three British Top Ten hits with D-Side.

His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his studio albums including many of his own self-penned songs, God’s Plan, Life Is A River and Hold on to your Hat, as well as music from his latest Nashville recorded album, This Is Me.

Tickets are priced at £19 and the show starts at 7.30pm. For more information visit www.buccleuchcentre.com or call 01387 381196.