Top folk artists Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bards are long established amongst Ireland’s leading entertainers and have several hit songs to their credit.
Their first recording success came with a No. 1 hit single “Julia steppin’ it out at Lanigan’s Ball”- a comedy song, which became a classic and one of the biggest selling records in Ireland, earning them a Gold Disc Award. This first hit was produced by Bill Whelan – the composer of the music for the world famous “Riverdance”. It was followed by another comedy hit “The Oldest Swinger in Town” and both of these songs have earned their place in the annals of memorable hits.
As well as their comedy hits, The Bards have also had significant success with their recordings of classic ballads and contemporary songs, such as “The Railway Hotel”, “Shaney Boy”, “The Old Dungarvan Oak” and “Isle of Innisfree” and their music is widely played on radio in Ireland and abroad – particularly in the UK, America, Canada and Australia.
To coincide with “The Gathering 2013” the group have released two singles, which reflect both sides of The Bards music - “Song for Ireland” – one of the great classic folk songs and a comedy song – “The Cover of Ireland’s Own”.
“Song for Ireland” – The powerful melody and lyrics to this wonderful song captures Irelands’ great beauty as seen through the eyes of a visitor. It’s the featured track on the folk classics album “The Finest”.
“The Cover of Ireland’s Own” came about quite unexpectedly after “Ireland’s Own” magazine did an extensive interview on Diarmuid’s life and times and featured him on the front cover. This inspired Diarmuid to come up with the comedy song, which is a parody on the 1973 Dr. Hook hit “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” which was written by Shel Silverstein.
You can catch Diarmuid O’Leary & The Bards in two hours of music, song and humour at The Springhill Court Hotel on February 23 and come away filled with the enthusiasm, which they generate everywhere they play.