Two of Ireland’s finest voices join forces for an intimate concert at Brú Ború, Cashel on Saturday, September 20th at 8pm.
Mary Byrne’s story is the stuff of fairytales and movies. She’s the Tesco supermarket checkout lady who took a chance in life at the age of 50 by auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV talent show, the X Factor. Mary was mentored by Louis Walsh, and her fellow finalists included One Direction and Matt Cardle. Mary has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her historic State visit to Ireland in 2011, and shared the stage with Neil Diamond to perform for over 55,000 fans at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
She has just scored a top ten hit with her new album ‘Magic of the Musicals.’ Des Willoughby is regarded as having one of the most natural tenor voices in the country. Having studied singing under the internationally renowned Dr Veronica Dunne at The Leinster School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music, the has toured extensively in Ireland, the UK and the United States as a soloist, as a member of The Three Irish Tenors, and most recently with his five brothers as The Willoughby Brothers. Croke Park has provided the stage for some of the highlights of his career, having sung the National Anthem at All-Ireland finals before audiences of 82,000. Last year, he sang the title song of the Rose of Tralee Festival to the newly crowned winner to a live TV audience of 1.2million. Last Christmas he was one of the guests on hugely popular Ireland West Music TV’s Christmas Special. In 2007 he released his debut album ‘To Where You Are’ which features a blend of Irish classics, musical favourites and contemporary hits. He has since recorded two more albums with The Willoughby Brothers titled ‘The Promise’ and ‘Irish Heart’. Tickets are €20 available from Brú Ború Box Office Tel: 062 61122 and online at bruboru.ie