Hugo Duncan: Talented Ciaran Rosney already making big steps on the dancing scene
When Ciaran Rosney took his first steps into the country dancing sphere as a singer just over a year ago, he did so with considerable apprehension. He knew that he was entering a fiercely competitive market, but was prepared to back himself to make an impact.
Today, Ciaran is acquiring a reputation as being one of the most versatile performers in the country, someone who is not only a talented vocalist, but also a very proficient lead guitarist.
It would be true to say that he has taken to the country dancing scene like a duck to water. Having previously performed as a solo artist in the social dancing arena, Ciaran picked up experience that was to prove invaluable to him.
Now, as his new single, Back In My Heart Once Again, thrusts him further into the limelight, Ciaran is determined to take things to the next level and he and his band are due to play a packed schedule of dates in the weeks ahead.
"I have to admit I was nervous about starting out with my own band, because you could say that I was maybe in the comfort zone while being part of the more genteel social dancing circuit," smiles Ciaran.
"But I don't regret for a minute going on the road with my own band.
"Like all outfits, we have had our hiccups, but I can say hand on heart that I am enjoying myself and deriving great satisfaction from what I am doing."
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The fact that he collected the Best New Band for 2019 title at the recent Sunday World Country Music Awards show provided an extra boost to his career and right now Ciaran is preparing to go back into the studio to work on another album.
"I am delighted to say that the dancing dates are rolling in and we look as if we are going to have a very busy summer," reveals Ciaran. "We are putting in a lot of effort behind the scenes and I am optimistic that we can now make further progress. We know that you will get nowhere without hard work in this business.
"Currently, we find ourselves in all parts of the country, but we are lapping it up. We have been booked for a number of prestigious festivals and this should serve to give us a further boost."
Meanwhile, Shane's Castle in Antrim will be the place to be for a special bank holiday country music extravaganza on Monday.
We will be doing a live BBC Radio Ulster outside broadcast from the castle and there will be no lack of talent on view.
The very popular Curtis Magee will be in action and he can always be guaranteed to provide a helping of lively music. Curtis is as busy as ever and is not only in demand in this part of the world, but also in England and Scotland.
The very popular young singer Owen Mac, who hails from the north west of the province, will also be performing at our Antrim show. Owen shows great promise for one so young and is already building up quite a fan-base. He is a regular performer at concerts and I believe he can really go places.
And Ben Currie is another talented young performer who is making waves at the minute. In tandem with his father Ron, Ben is playing in numerous venues across the province and by all accounts his music is being very well received. Dad Ron is an accomplished musician, so you could say that Ben did not lick it off the stones.
Jordan Mogey, a talented singer from Ballymoney, will also be on stage with us and his distinctive singing voice will certainly earn him plaudits.
And no outside broadcast line-up would be complete without the lively Boxcar Brian. He is one of the most consistent performers in the province and is more than capable of stamping his own imprint on any show.
I have no doubt that he will help generate a great atmosphere at Shane's Castle while Country Harmony, along with Crawford Bell, will make an important contribution to what should be a lively show.