Derek Ryan, with his youthful good looks, sun-kissed blonde hair and sharp suits is whipping up a frenzy amongst the scores of fans who are dancing to his tunes across the country. The County Carlow singer songwriter who has been pivotal in the new found attractiveness of country music amongst younger people who are flocking to the sound of the steel guitar and fiddle in their droves comes to The Racket Hall, Roscrea this Easter Saturday April 7. With over 200 live appearances since his debut last May, Derek is helping to make country cool, particularly amongst the 21-25 year old bracket.
At 17 Derek was catapulted in to a fulltime music career by becoming lead singer with five-piece Dublin band D-Side and a recording contract with Warner Music leading to the release of three albums, scoring three top 10 UK hits and appearances on Top of the Pops.
Derek’s crystal vocals are matched by his song writing ability having composed seven tracks on his debut CD ‘A Mother’s Son’. His most successful song to date is his self-penned gospel single ‘God’s Plan’ which received song of the year and became a most requested tune of last summer on Irish local radio stations.
Derek Ryan and his band appear this Saturday April 7 at the Racket Hall, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.