Derek Ryan – Hold onto your Hat

Take a look at Sharon and Derek performing live on The Late Late Show!

 –  Derek Ryan and Female Irish Country Icon, Sharon Shannon  release new Single –

The last three years for the Carlow born songwriter have been spent on the road. Bringing his own brand of country music to fans throughout Ireland and the UK.

During this time he has reached many milestones he never thought he would, and is now ready to reach his next!

Following on from “Country Soul”, Derek’s last award-winning album, he is now looking forward to moving on with his new single.

Country Soul was released last October, which gave the hit singles “100 Numbers”, “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Wake Me Up”, now it is time to progress further in his ever growing success, with the first new material from his next album.

On 16th May, Derek will be releasing his new single, “Hold Onto Your Hat”, which features Irish icon Sharon Shannon.

Hold onto your hat is the first song to be released from his forthcoming album, which is out later this year.  A video for the song was recently filmed in County Clare.

Sharon Shannon is well known for her many different musical collaborations ranging from Shane MacGowan of The Pogues to Imelda May, and also her number one hit “Galway Girl” with Steve Earle.

Derek Ryan and Sharon Shannon

Here is what the Sunday World’s “Performer of the Year”  had to say about his current collaboration with Sharon: “I can’t believe I am releasing a song with the one and only Sharon Shannon!  I’ve always listened to her music. She’s worked with some fantastic artists over the years, and she is working with me – it’s unbelievable!

Hold Onto Your Hat” featuring Sharon Shannon, will be on release from Sharpe Music or available to download via iTunes from the 16thMay 2014.

Don’t forget to watch out for news of Derek’s new album being released later this year on

Derek Ryan appears in the Olympia Theatre Dublin on Thursday 17thJuly where he will be joined by Sharon Shannon. Sharon will also guest with Derek at an open air event at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on 31st May. Tickets are available from and

Next weekend there will be a Derek Ryan Music Weekend taking place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny when Derek will be joined by Declan Nerney and Gerry Guthrie with the Sunday afternoon dance being a family day, such is the interest amongst the youth for Derek’s brand of country.


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