Follow Barry’s on the road Blog
Follow Barry’s on the road Blog
Hi everyone! I’ve decided to give you guys a little snippet of my life on the stage, on the road and behind the mic as I go forward with my career in the Irish country music scene. I will upload little weekly updates about my gigs across the country and what to expect from my releases which I hope that you’ll all be interested in and keen to hear more about. Thank you for following, #BK
30/01/2017 The Sunday World Awards:
What better way to start the year than to be awarded Best Breakthrough Act at the Sunday World Awards in the Mullingar Park Hotel. I was honoured to receive the award but moreover, I am so grateful with the support I have received since launching my solo career! It was such an incredible night from start to finish, it was great socialising with so many other artists from the Irish Country scene and of course a highlight was performing alongside my dad Dominic who picked up the Country Legend Award.
Derek Ryan and Myself
Myself and Cliona Hagan
Myself and Brian Dunphy (The High Kings)
01/02/2017 Back in the Studio:
Back to ‘New Beginnings’ on the first of February and I headed into the studio putting a vocal on my brand new single due to be released in a few weeks. It’s always a pleasure to work with Jonathan Owens in Spout Studio, Granard 🙂 Subscribe to me here on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPLv0-gVeQ1f13GFr77Dk8w to keep up-to-date with my new video releases as well as a few other tracks that I enjoy playing.
Barry and Jonathan Owens
02/02/2017 Back To School:
It was an absolute pleasure for me to return back to my old school the ‘Sacred Heart College’, Omagh to take part in a talk to year ten students about how studying music in my school days influenced my life as a musician, singer and my career in music. This is the second year I have taken part in this talk with other past pupils. It was great to catch up with my ex music teachers Kelly O’Doherty and Sinead Rodgers (they haven’t changed a bit) 🙂 I had a lot of laughs with them over the years. It was also great to catch up with two great friends of mine the Taggart sisters, Donna and Nicola. Donna has recently had major success with her beautiful version of a song called ‘Jealous Of The Angels’. I wish Donna continued success with her sold out tour and the years ahead with her music.
While I was at the school I had a picture taken with two year thirteen students who are taking part in the First Trust Banks ‘Build A Bank Challenge’. The group are raising awareness of mental health with their bank called ‘Positive Savers’ and I am proud to support their bank.
03/02/2017 A Year To The Day:
The 3rd February marks one year since I left my drumming job with the Derek Ryan Band and as cliché as it may sound; what a difference a year makes! It was an absolute thrill and so very fitting that I got to play in Lola’s at The Silverbirch Hotel in my hometown of Omagh on this night. I shared the stage with the incredibly talented Robert Mizzell and his band. The crowd was absolutely electric and on nights such as these, watching everyone dancing and singing along, I realise exactly why I decided to pursue my solo career in music. I can’t thank Omagh enough for the warm reception that I receive every night I perform here! The 3rd February was an important date for another member of the band too, specifically my new drummer Brent McCook who played his first show with us and did such a tremendous job! More than most singers, I understand the weight of expectation behind those drums and I have no doubts that Brent will become that vital link in the rhythm section of our band’s set driving our music at every show. Welcome to the band Brent!
04/02/2017 Tullyglass Hotel:
After an excellent gig in Omagh we travelled on Saturday 4th February to Ballymena to play at the Tullyglass Hotel. A fine venue we’ve had the pleasure to play in before, I was delighted to sing to a packed out dancefloor – our biggest crowd there to date in fact! Performing to fans with relentless energy, high spirits and amazing dance moves (of course) gives me such an amazing feeling on stage! 🙂 A massive thank you to Gus the manager of the Tullyglass and all of the lovely staff for their warm welcome and hospitality. I already can’t wait to get back to play there!
16/02/2017 – 19/02/2017 Eventful UK Tour Weekend
This weekend myself and the band took a trip across the water to Scotland. We made our way up to Inverness to put our heads down on the Thursday night to split our journey up. On Friday morning we were up early and on the road to Thurso which for anyone who doesn’t know that’s pretty much the top of Scotland. We stopped at a lovely café on the A9 called ‘The Storehouse’ where we all had a lovely lunch. The views from out the back of the café were stunning and the sun was shining so we stayed and relaxed there for a couple of hours. We took a few pictures and were on our way to Thurso The show in Thurso went great but the four hour drive that followed it was not so great (Zzzzzz) safe to say we were glad to see Inverurie.
On Saturday we were very kindly invited to Ann Horn’s house for dinner. Ann has been a family friend for many years and she put on an amazing spread for myself and the lads. I want to say a big thank you to Ann, her husband Fraser and son Scott for their hospitality. With our bellies full up we were ready for our SOLD OUT show in Inverurie where the crowd did not disappoint as they danced the night away and gave us a very warm welcome.
We were overwhelmed and on such a high after the show despite the four and a half hour journey to Carlisle which we had ahead of us……..or so we thought. Turns out we were only thirty minutes into the journey until this happened
Yes, we were stopped in our tracks when the band van broke down on us (the joys of touring) Hard to “Keep It In The Middle Of The Road” when it’s not even fit for the road 🙂 lol. After waiting through the night for the van to be recovered to Aberdeen we were left with no choice but to hire a van for the rest of the weekend. With no sleep we had to travel on straight to our next venue in Rosley, Cumbria and set up. Thankfully the audience in Rosley were a lively bunch and made it all worthwhile as they clapped and sang along to every song. Following the show we made our final journey to the boat in Cairnryan, exhausted but still on a high from such a successful and rather eventful weekend of happenings. On behalf of myself and my band I want to thank all those who travelled to see us this weekend, we are very grateful and look forward to seeing you all again soon.
23/02/2017 – Back behind the Kit
Tonight I was asked to play drums for a country jam session in a local bar called Annie’s all in aid of the Keep Billy Caldwell Alive campaign. This was the second jam session I had done in a matter of weeks and I was delighted to be involved for a great cause. There were a great bunch of musicians and singers there on the night who volunteered their time and the country music that we were playing was top class, everything from old standards of Merle Haggard to the modern day sound of the Zac Brown Band. People often ask me do I miss playing the drums and I can honestly say I could never miss them because I ‘brush’ up on them quite regularly J For those of you who have not yet been to see me I also do a little drumming at my live shows.
28/02/2017- Glór Tíre live on TG4
Tonight I sat patiently waiting for the clock to strike 9:30pm!!
Like all of you it was going to be my first viewing of the episode of Glór Tíre with my amazing contestant Lauren McCrory. I hadn’t really thought about the show all day until thirty minutes before it was due to air the butterflies started in my stomach and the nerves had kicked in. This was my first time performing on TV with my own band so I think a few nerves were expected. After watching the hour long show I was very proud of all the lads and of course the Benn sisters performance and I’m sure we are all in agreement that Lauren was OUTSTANDING!! If you would like a little reminder of our duet performance then play the YouTube video below:
Please vote for #TEAMLAUREN by texting GLOR8 to 53307 (ROI) 60999 (UK) or call 01513 415108 (ROI) or 0901 6566108 (UK) to register your vote.
Lauren McCrory and Myself
Lauren and myself performing on the night