Derek Ryan
Fri 25 Jan

MusicDerek Ryan

Derek Ryan continues to maintain his position at the top table of Irish Country Music’s elite with his brand of original material and country classics. From Moy to Melbourne and Limavady to London – Derek Ryan is Irish country music’s golden boy with chart topping albums, self-written smash hit singles, box office busting live tours and of course – an army of faithful fans around the world.

His recent number one album The Fire spawned the hits Heaven Tonight and Homeland which will be featured along with his many classics Hold On To Your Hat, God’s Plan and Life Is A River during this concert tour.
The show's highlight is when the band and performance is stripped back and Derek is left alone with his guitar on stage. This, to Derek, is a chance for his audience to get to know him better.

About Derek...

The roll call of success for the multi-talented Irish man is long and much deserved – with two Irish Number One albums, sell-out shows at home and abroad and fistfuls of music awards to his name.

It’s been a long road for the Garryhill, County Carlow born artist who first developed his life long love for music when his parents bought a drum kit one Christmas for a four-year-old Derek!

That childhood passion was further nurtured when his dad brought him to fleadh cheoils (Irish music festivals) with young Derek truly proving ‘I Got Rhythm’ – winning two All-Ireland titles in bodhran and ceili drumming.

Tunes from his mum’s favourite country music radio shows – with songs by favourites including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and George Strait – also engrained themselves deeply in a young Derek’s heart.

He has won countless accolades including Entertainer Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best Live Performer. But he is perhaps proudest of the award winning recognition for his songwriting abilities at the Sunday World and Irish Country Music Awards.

Balancing huge demand from dancehall and concert theatre audiences with his constant desire to create new music, Derek has released six best selling albums – A Mother’s Son (2010); Made Of Gold (2011); Dreamers And Believers (2012); Country Soul (2013) and two Irish Number One chart toppers – The Simple Things (2014) and One Good Night (2015),

Songs such as Welcome Home (The Gathering), Made Of Gold, A Mother’s Son, Life Is A River, Hold On To Your Hat, Flowers In Your Hair, Cry, Bendigo and 2016 Number One smash, Yoyo (You’re Only Young Once) emphasise Derek’s fantastic flair for self-written songs and touching the hearts AND feet of his fans!

When people pay money at the door to come and see me, I really find that a massive compliment. We are so lucky now that is happening in a big way. I am so grateful and will never forget that.

Derek Ryan

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Event Details

Fri 25 Jan
19:30 to 22:00



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Joe's Hot Spot
  • Portaferry Hotel
  • The Slip Inn
  • The Lobster Pot

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.