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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Rockin' Rowley: Top of the pop charts for Mike Denver

Singer Mike Denver
Singer Mike Denver

Eddie Rowley

Every home needs a plumber now and then. In his young days, Mike Fallon reckoned it was a job that would give him security.

Mike's passion was music, but his parents, Sean and Roisin, insisted he find a trade to fall back on.

By day the young man from Portumna, Co Galway, served his time as a plumber. The nights were for music, performing in the pubs and clubs as a duo with his mother.

Roisin had been a singer in the house band at the Gresham Ballroom on Holloway Road, London, before moving back to Ireland. As his music ambition grew, Mike joined a local wedding band and got his big break when he was spotted by one of Ireland's top managers, Willie Carty.

Under Willie's guidance, Mike Fallon became an Irish country music sensation…under the name Mike Denver.

Mike attracted a new wave of young fans with his country and pop repertoire.

Over a decade on, Denver is still fired up with passion.

His latest album, 'Cut Loose', recently went straight to number one in Ireland's pop chart, knocking Adele off the top spot. "It's like winning an All Ireland," Mike says.

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"I've had previous number one albums in the country chart, but to be number one in the Irish pop chart is a different level. I was a bad hurler in my day, so there was never a chance that I was going to be lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup in Croke Park. For me, this is as close as it gets to that kind of success."

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