How would you describe your sound?

Loud yet soft. A varying sound from acoustic ballads to high energy country and rock material.

What genre/genres do you consider your music to be?

I do a lot of Country and Irish music with elements of Pop and Rock in there. It depends a lot on the venue I'm playing in and type of gig it is. I play anything from old Irish and Country classics right the way through to up to date chart music.

How long have you been performing?

I was on stage with my sisters from my early teens and I started in my first band with my sister Brenda and my friend James Carleton. Then a couple of years after that I joined a band with Eugene Dolan and Tony Fitzpatrick. We played for the next seven years. Then I went solo in 2003. I still play with Eugene for the odd gig.

Where do you perform?

I play all round Fermanagh, Tyrone, Cavan, Leitrim, and parts of Donegal and Sligo.

What is your favourite song to play and why?

'Callin Baton Rouge' by Garth Brooks. Just a brilliant uptempo Country song guaranteed to get any crowd going.

What has been your biggest gig to date?

We did a wedding once with 500 guests as well as a couple of festival spots playing to a couple of thousand people.

Any funny gig/rehearsal stories?

Far too many to single out.

Who are your major influences?

Garth Brooks, Bryan Adams and people like Christy Moore.

Do you write your own songs? What inspires your songwriting?

Yes. I started writing songs when I was 17. I love to write. The subject matter could be anything from life experiences to love and lost love right up to a good upbeat party song.

What would be your dream gig?

Croke Park or the SSE arena would be nice, but I'm happy seeing smiling faces anywhere I play.

Best moment as a musician so far?

Definitely the first time I heard my own stuff on the radio.

What is the most unusual venue you have played?

Not many unusual venues that I can think of, but I had a cool late night playing for some local people around a campfire on Cleenish Island a few years back.

What is your ‘go-to’ encore song?

Generally Steve Earle 'Galway Girl' or Bryan Adams 'Summer of 69'.

What's the best thing about performing?

Knowing that people come out to forget about whatever’s going on in their lives and for that couple of hours I can help them do that.

Do you always perform solo or do you also play with a band?

Mostly on my own but sometimes with a band. It’s great every once in a while to get together with other guys to play.

What does 2020 hold for you?

Lot of gigs coming up in 2020 and hopefully a few new original songs.

Any last words?

I really love what I do. As I've said before it’s not the type of job to be at if you don’t enjoy it. I would like to thank everybody who has made it possible for me to stay in music for so long. All the venues, my family, all the people who come out to hear me, thank you!