Damian McGinty set for solo US tour

Irish singer Damian McGinty is set to embark on his first major US tour as a solo artist.

Damian McGinty

Damian McGinty

McGinty found fame with Irish band Celtic Thunder. He left the band to join the cast of the hit US TV show Glee as Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan.

It is four years since he last toured the States as a member of Celtic Thunder. Now he is working on his debut solo album and is ready to tour as a solo star.

He will be a special guest of 13-year-old Ethan Bortnick for the show, ‘The Power of Music’. Bortnick is a musical prodigy and at such a young age is already an accomplished pianist, composer and singer.

McGinty said: “I’m so excited to be back on stage and performing again for a lot of people who have supported me and my career from day one. It’s a very exciting prospect and something I cannot wait for.

The Derry star promises to continue to sing the fans’ favourites as well as add some new songs into the mix. He said: “I’m trying out, testing the waters to get audience reaction and see what they like.”

McGinty’s album is expected to be completed by 2015. He is keeping fans guessing as to what his new sound may be. He said: “Everybody asks me, ‘What is your sound going to be?’ I’m gonna be Damian McGinty.I know what that is in my head, and that’s something we now have to put on a record.”

He also revealed how much he is looking forward to getting back out onstage: “It’s great to be back in front of fans. I’ve missed that energy; there’s nothing like it. You can do all the TV you want, but for me, I was born to be a live performer.”

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Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

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