DEREK RYAN described his appearance at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square as a career highlight.
Considering the singer songwriter has toured the world in his former boy band days with D-Side and having had top 10 hits in the UK and a number one in Japan, it makes his London open air appearance special.
Derek is no stranger to London, having lived in Fulham for a time before returning to Ireland and loves returning to the UK each year.
The Carlow man, who is a many times recipient of awards for his performances and song writing, embarks on a UK tour in 2018, with St Patrick’s night in Islington Assembly Rooms for a dance, being the highlight for his fans in Britain.
Derek hopes to bring back memories of the heyday of dancing in North London when places like the National Ballroom in Kilburn and the Galtymore played host to many Irish country singers.
At the dance on St Patrick’s night he will be joined by Louise Morrissey.
Derek’s UK tour, which also includes four dates in Scotland in April is a mix of old favourites, classic country and Derek’s own original material.
The highlight of the show is considered the moment the band and performance is stripped back, when Derek is left alone with his guitar on stage.
This, to Derek, is a chance for his audience to get to know him better, and know more about the music.
Derek Ryan continues to maintain his position at the top table of Irish Country Music’s elite with his brand of original material and country classics.
His recent number one album The Fire spawned the hits Heaven Tonight and Homeland, which will be featured along with his many classics Hold On To Your Hat, God’s Plan and Life Is A River during this concert tour.