Rockin' Rowley: Bound for glory with the High Kings
Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30
It's the tiny gestures that often create major personal memories to be cherished. Take a look on YouTube at the late Sean Dunphy singing 'If I Could Choose' when he represented Ireland in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest.
There's a moment towards the end of his performance at that year's Eurovision in Vienna when the TV camera zooms in on Dunphy's face. In those few seconds, smooth baritone singer Sean gives a subtle wink and makes his little son's heart jump with joy back home in Dublin.
That child was Brian Dunphy, who is now enjoying an international career with Ireland's top ballad group, The High Kings. "Dad knew I would be watching and he told me that he'd give me a wink…and he did," Brian reveals today. "I will never forget that moment. He was a great Dad."
Sean Dunphy, who died five years ago, came second in the Eurovision that year behind the UK entry, Sandy Shaw's 'Puppet On A String,' composed by Phil Coulter.
His son, Brian, followed him into the music business, but made an early slip up by turning down the chance to be the lead singer in Boyzone after getting the personal offer from Louis Walsh in 1993.
"At the time, I had done the John Player Tops Of The Town and my ambition was to be a singer in London's West End," he explains. "I ended up packing shelves in Dunnes for three years while watching Boyzone do amazing things."
Brian eventually launched his career as a singer in Riverdance before The High Kings formed.
He says: "If I had said 'yes' to Louis Walsh my life might have gone down a different route, but I got to do Broadway with Riverdance and I've had incredible experiences with The High Kings."