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The Billboard #1 World Album "Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly - Acoustically Irish" is out now
What started out as Ryan Kelly from the Moy, County Tyrone and Neil Byrne from Bray, County Wicklow performing a live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" has now developed into an album titled "Acoustically Irish". Currently both men are leading members of “Celtic Thunder”, the Irish and Scottish music group.
Crossing traditional Irish music with Americana sounds and many World music influences, “Acoustically Irish” contains a selection of familiar classic tunes and some contemporary ones too - seamlessly reworked into a fresh sound. At the core of this album are Ryan and Neil's vocal harmonies.
The songs on "Acoustically Irish" were all carefully chosen and embrace Celtic and Irish sounds, ranging from "On Raglan Road", "Back Home in Derry", "The Fields of Athenry", "The Rose of Allendale" and "The Water is Wide" to the Hothouse Flower's "Don't Go", Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and Paddy Casey's "Saints and Sinners" - amongst many others.
Celtic Thunder followers will be very familiar with the musicians who helped to complete the recording of this album. Joining Ryan and Neil in the studios were Nicole Hudson on violin and viola, Declan O'Donoghue on precussion and Barry Kerr on tin whistle.
Neil and Ryan are currently on a sellout 60 date tour of North America with Celtic Thunder, before embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. In the recent past, they have performed in many prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, New York, sang for the US President and his family in the White House and entertained the Troops in The Pentagon to name but a few.
"Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly - Acoustically Irish" is out now!