Spend an evening with Derek Ryan

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Country music singer Derek Ryan will be making a welcome visit to Lisburn when he plays the Island Hall on September 17.

From the age of twelve Derek Ryan had showbiz aspirations in his DNA. From his first foray into the music scene performing regularly at socials with his brother Adrian as the Ryan Brothers right through to a pop career with an international band he has now become one of today’s biggest Irish Country artists.

Although his early exposure to the live scene was modest, not even he could have predicted what lay ahead - a career that many can only dream about standing in front of the dressing room mirror strumming a beaten-up acoustic guitar.

Having grown up in Garyhill near Carlow town in Ireland, Derek was bred into loving Irish traditional music by his family, attending fleadh ceoils on a regular basis with his Father.

It was not long before Derek was himself a winner, picking up two all-Ireland titles in both bodhran and ceili drumming. Having caught the bug it was all his parents could do to persuade him to finish his schooling with the promise if he completed, they would do all they could to help him follow his showbiz dream and dreams do come true as Derek has proven.

Joining a boy band called D-Side in 2001 Derek had success with them achieving a number one in Japan as well as numerous top 10 hits in Ireland, UK, France, Germany and China.

After his time in D-side, Derek returned to Ireland in September 2009, after several years of gigging on the London function scene, Derek took time to consider many offers that were coming his way. Unable to shake off the sounds that resonated from his Mother’s kitchen radio, Derek got hooked on Nashville greats; like Brooks, Jackson and Strait and so the plans were laid to go for it.

Tickets for the Lisburn show, priced £23.50, are on sale now from the Box Office on 92509254 or online at www.laganvalleyisland.com.