‘Hold onto Your Hat’ – Derek Ryan set to play two Galway shows

Country singer Derek Ryan.
Country singer Derek Ryan.

Country music star Derek Ryan is in concert in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Sunday, January 21, and in the City’s Town Hall Theatre on Thursday, January 25.

These performances follow the release of the Carlow singer’s latest album and his most successful Irish tour to date.

It’s been a good year for Derek, who released his new album Fire, had a sold-out concert tour, sang for President Higgins, rocked Belfast’s SSE Arena and reached millions of TV viewers.  Not to mention shutting down Trafalgar Square in March when he played the main stage there for London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival.

Fire, which has eight original tracks, is the most traditional album to date from a man who was already known for songs such as Hold on to Your Hat, God’s Plan and Life is a River.  It has spawned the hits Heaven Tonight and Homeland.

“Fire has been really, really well received and sold overwhelmingly well,” he says. “I’m glad that people are loving the tracks and there are a lot more singles to come from it. I love releasing albums, I’d release one every few months if I could. I just love writing and recording.”

The Trafalgar Square experience in March was “really emotional” for Derek who had previously lived in London for seven years.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.