DEREK RYAN AND HIS BAND
It’s been a long road for the Garryhill, County Carlow born artist who first developed his life long love for music when his parents bought a drum kit one Christmas for a four-year-old Derek!
The roll call of success for the multi-talented Irish man 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.
Dozens of artists including evergreen multi-million selling star, Daniel O’Donnell underlined the industry wide admiration for Derek’s songwriting talents by recording versions of God’s Plan. Since then, with a combination of terrific talent, admirable determination and a continuous desire to do better, Derek’s career has kept on reaching progressively greater heights.
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.
Over the past couple of years the popular Mayo singer has played on music weekends and concerts for the likes of Nathan Carter and Michael English and is constantly in demand for live shows.
2020 is set to be a very busy year for Stuart with trips to Spain, Portugal Scotland and London along with playing all over Ireland. Check out Stuart’s most recent No.1 iTunes hit single ‘Kelly’s Mountain Dew’ which is available to request on all radio stations nationwide.
Since first coming to national attention as a contestant on TG4’s Glor Tire early in 2016, Olivia has quietly but quickly established herself as one of the brightest new young talents on the Irish country scene, to the point where she’s now one of the circuit’s most sought after performers. But it’s not just Olivia’s captivating voice which has garnered her the attention of country fans in all four corners of Ireland and beyond these shores. When it comes to bringing a room alive to the magical sound of the accordion, Olivia is more than capable of holding her own against anyone.
Hailing from the small town of Ferbane in county Offaly, Olivia’s nuanced vocal skills aim straight for the listener’s heart. And, with a gentle precision granted only to a few, those skills find their target every time. This ability, coupled with her always easy-going and friendly personality, have helped make this midlands lady a firm fan favourite on concert stages, in dancehalls, and at other shows all around Ireland, and indeed beyond, as she’s become a fan favourite on Phil Mack’s Keep It Country concert tours.
2018, however, has been the real landmark-year in Olivia’s career. Her latest album, ‘Forever Country’, (released in April) brought her not just her first but also her second #1 singles, as first ‘Don’t Think Twice’ (originally by Bob Dylan) and most recently ‘Leaving Tipperary’ both topped the country charts. Olivia collected her second awards at both the Sunday World and the Hot Country Award Concerts (details on this site’s ‘Home’ page). Before that, in March, she was invited to represent the best of Irish country on the Sunday World stage at the C2C Festival in Dublin’s 3Arena, performing on the same night as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini, and Old Dominion. On to May and that month saw Olivia join Daniel O’ Donnell for a recording of his tv show Opry Le Daniel in Derry’s fabulous Millennium Forum.
On top of all of that, Olivia has been busier than ever with her own gigs from week to week. And not to mention recording her very own tv show now as well, ‘Keltic Country Ireland with Olivia Douglas’, So these are definitely exciting times for ‘the flower of Ferbane’, and long may they continue.
THERESA & THE STARS
Tony and Theresa Kehoe will be celebrating 47 years playing music this year. Formed in 1972 Theresa and The Stars have been playing the Social Dancing, Weddings, Parties, Concerts and Pub scene since. They have toured all over Ireland and England and the highlight of their career was playing on Two’s Company Live Video from The Breamer Rooms Dublin in 1990. Their first recording was in 1990 for the World Cup a song written by the late Des Wilson of the Cotton Mill Boys especially for the World cup competition for RTE.Their Albums to date are Curracloe By The Sea, Mist Upon The Morning, The Wexford Heart recorded for the Bi-Centenery 0f 1798, Tony and Theresa Favourites, 40 Years On, Underneath The Lights, and James Connolly recorded for the 1916 Celebrations.
Still as popular as ever on the music scene the present Band members are Tony Kehoe Drums, Vocals, Theresa Kehoe Bass Guitar, Accordion, Vocals and Sound, Andrew Smith Keyboards. They are very popular as a backing band around the South East where they have backed all the top Country Artists. Tony is the Voice of South East Radio Country and Irish Show where he presents on Mon to Fri 6 to 8pm, Sat 7am to 10am, Sun 11am to 1.
Tinahely Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Caroline Fleming L. Fleming Academy of Dance
The talents of the dancers in the Caroline L. Fleming Academy makes for an energetic and high energy show accompanied by the local Tinahely Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, encouraged by the many proud parents, family and fans in the huge audience this part of the show attracts.