A CATCH UP WITH RYAN
 
 
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SEAN KEANE
 
 
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JOHN BENNETT
 
 
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A CATCH UP WITH RYAN

What have you been up to?
It’s been a busy year! Between rehearsals and recordings of new material with Celtic Thunder, touring the US with Neil Byrne for our “Byrne and Kelly” acoustic shows and filming a “Byrne and Kelly” documentary film called “Echoes – The Story”, it’s been quite hectic!

Have you any holidays planned?
I’m planning to take a few day’s break in New York city after I finish the current Byrne and Kelly tour – it’s one of my favourite places in the world to spend time – and I’ve recently also booked a long weekend away with six of my mates from home to party in Ibiza! It could be dangerous!!

Are you looking forward to the cruise and the Symphony Tour?
Of course!! It’s amazing, no matter how long or how much you tour, a few weeks at home and I’m itching to get back on the road again!!!

What’s the best thing about going on tour?
For me, it’s always the performing. I guess the stage is my favourite place to be on tour.

When it comes to breakfast, do you go for the healthy option or the full Irish?
Well, I generally run in the mornings (especially on tour), so a full Irish would not exactly be the idea fuel to carry for ten miles! That’s not to say I’m not partial to the odd “Ulster Fry” later in the day though.

What’s your favourite type of music to listen to when you’re on the tour bus?
Believe it or not, I use the tour bus primarily for sleeping and not much else. I much prefer getting off the bus and exploring wherever we’ve landed around the country, so listening to music on there is not my thing!

Do you sing whenever you get the opportunity?
I try not to!! People randomly breaking into song completely drives me mad. I couldn’t be a hypocrite and then do that myself!!!

When you’re on tour, what do you miss most about home?
Definitely my family and my dog, Larry. I’m still trying to convince Sharon he’d be a welcome addition to the bus!!

Who’s your favourite Irish singer?
As a singer/songwriter, I’ve always loved what Damien Rice creates. As a balladeer, there are few to challenge Luke Kelly.

If you had to go and live on a deserted island and you were allowed to bring three items, what would they be and why?
Assuming my dog doesn’t fall under the “items” category, I’d probably go for my GPS watch for running (assuming the island isn’t tiny!!), my guitar and photos of my family.

Do you all play jokes on each other when you’re on the road?
I think it’s the only way to survive tour! Too many to mention!

Who’s the biggest joker in the band?
We all have our moments. As I said, I think you’ve got to hold your own in order to survive!!

When did you know, this is what I want to do? I want to sing!
I guess I always wanted to do the one thing I loved more than anything since I was a child. The problem is that it took me until much later on in life to believe I actually could achieve it!

Who do you most admire and why?
My parents. My late father and my mother have always been the two people I would love to emulate in my lifetime.

Biggest moment of your life?
Professionally, I think releasing my two original solo albums, “In Time” and “Life” and our recent original “Byrne and Kelly” album and DVD “Echoes.”

Are you a daredevil?
I don’t think anyone has ever used that term and my name in the same sentence. And I’m thankful for that.

What’s your favourite dinner?
My mum’s Ulster Fry….. A heart attack on a plate…but I love it!!!

What’s your favourite Sport?
I don’t have an overall favourite but love equally playing and watching basketball, soccer, Gaelic Football and American Football.

Have you anything you would like to say to the fans?
Simply… thank you. Your support and love keeps me wanting to get better at this job every day…”

What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?
A quick prayer to my Dad up in heaven to watch over me through the show….

Who inspires you to be your best?
I think first and foremost you need to want to be your best for yourself. So, I guess, it’s me!