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‘New beginnings’ as Barry Kirwan launches his new band

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It really is a ‘new beginning’ for Barry Kirwan who will launch his new band this week. For the past decade Barry has toured as a drummer for leading country stars such as Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh and of course his father Dominic.

Now the 30-year-old is set to take centre stage himself when he performs at the Mellon Country Hotel on Friday, June 10 to launch his new band.

It will be a double celebration for Barry, who is also using the occasion to release his debut album, aptly titled ‘New Beginnings’.

With music in the very make-up of his DNA, Barry had showbiz aspirations from an early age.

From singing in the choir or feis, entering Irish dancing competitions or treading the boards with Hazel Wand Theatre School, Barry was no stranger to the stage.

However, at the age of 11 drumming became his love. Barry even studied the instrument in London at Drumtech college, part of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) schools.

Shortly after college he decided to join his father’s band as a drummer and provided backing vocals for over four years.

In September 2010 Barry took up an opportunity to live with his brother Colm in Nashville.

During his time in the US he stayed with close friends, American country duo Joey & Rory, and had the “incredible honour” to play drums for four of their US shows.

The following year Barry returned to Ireland to work with Lisa McHugh before becoming the drummer and backing vocalist for hit recording artist Derek Ryan.

During his four and a half years working with the Derek Ryan Band, Barry toured all around Ireland, Britain and Australia.

However, earlier this year Barry branched out to pursue his own dream of a solo career in the Irish country music scene.

For the past four months he has been touring with his father as the support act on the extensive ‘Here For A Good Time’ tour.

“Touring with my dad has proven to be an excellent platform to prepare for my own live shows this summer,” said Barry.

“It has been a great internship and I gained so much confidence in that time.”

With his album ‘New Beginnings’ to be released on iTunes next week, Barry is providing a sneak preview this Friday when his second single ‘Up The Jive’ goes on sale.

This follows the release of his first solo single ‘Keep It In The Middle Of The Road’ which reached top spot on the Irish iTunes Country chart.

“I am really excited about ‘Up The Jive’ as I co-wrote it with my brother Colm who wrote
another three of the songs on the album,” said Barry.

He added, “I am really looking forward to the show in the Mellon next Friday night and getting out on the road with the band. They are very experienced and talented musicians.

“We have bookings right up to December and plans for a short tour in Scotland later in the year.”

• Doors open for the Barry Kirwan launch night at 9pm on Friday, June 10. Barry and his band will take to the Mellon Country Hotel stage from 11pm.

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