IT must be something in the Tyrone air – the county has produced a list of writers, musicians and entertainers that wouldn’t disgrace a medium-sized EU country.
From stage to page, a glittering array of talent has come from the county: Flann O’Brien, Paul Brady, Brian Friel, Philomena Begley, Hugo Duncan, and of course the great Jimmy Kennedy, a lyricist whose many hits included The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, South of the Border and Red Sails in the Sunset.
Included in this list of luminaries the name of Dominic Kirwan also shines very brightly. From Omagh, Dominic is the consummate country singer, with a strong, true voice which brings imaginative interpretations to a wide range of material.
You can catch his amazing vocal talents when he performs at The Irish Post Country Music Awards in Armagh on August 30.
Kirwan first tasted success as a performer by winning an Irish dancing championship feis when aged six. Omagh Town Hall was the venue, and the world of music opened up before him.
The stage has never been a stranger to him ever since.
Watch Dominic Kirwan perform on TG4 here...
His interest in music increased, and in 1979 he took to the road with his own band The Melody Boys. The band built up a solid following locally, before Dominic went solo in 1985.
In 1989, Kirwan scored a record deal with Ritz Records, and went on to share the stage with some of country music's leading artists, such as Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride and Tammy Wynette.
His subsequent career trajectory has kept him at the very top of the Country & Irish tree.
The Irish Post Country Music Awards take place on Wednesday, August 30 at The Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh. Join music fans from all over Ireland and Britain and book your ticket today.