Thursday 23 November 2017

Three young Irish brothers causing a storm in the US with sold out shows in Walt Disney Resort

Luca (13), Finn (11) and Dempsey (7)
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Three young brothers from Co Donegal are causing a storm in the US with their Irish trad performances in the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando.

Luca (13), Finn (11) and Dempsey (7) also known as The Byrne Brothers performed alongside their father Tommy Byrne in Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road pub for St. Patrick’s Day.

"We've just finished two weeks of shows in Orlando and every day the Americans went crazy for us," Tommy told Independent.ie.

The boys are doing an interactive show with Irish trad music, Irish dancing and even seven-year-old Dempsey can rap the Rattlin Bog.

“Dempsey is the character. He’s the one everyone looks at because he always winks at the ladies and tells jokes. He’s the coolest kid and a comedy genius.”

Dempsey plays the bodhrán, fiddle and whistle, Finn plays the banjo, mandolin and whistle and Luca plays the accordion, whistle and bodhrán. All three are Irish dancers and Finn is an Irish dancing champion.

"The shows are going down a storm. The pub said the boys have gathered the largest crowd they've ever seen. People had to wait five days to get a table just to see the show.

"They're absolutely loving it. The Americans are a wonderful audience. "

Luca (13), Finn (11) and Dempsey (7) with mum Julie and Dad Tommy
Luca (13), Finn (11) and Dempsey (7) with mum Julie and Dad Tommy

While in Florida the boys were invited to the Magic Kingdom, Wet'n'Wild and a Cirque du Soleil show.

"They think they're celebrities because everyone keeps coming up to them and recognising them. They're having the time of their lives. It's 28 degrees here, it's mad to think there's snow forecast in Ireland at the moment."

The next stop for the boys is New Jersey where they were invited to do a show at a performing arts academy.

"The show sold out before we even officially announced it. Hundreds of tickets have been sold for the show."

The boys' current dream is to busk at Times Square with the Naked Cowboy.

"We'll try our best before we head home but we'll see what happens," said Tommy.

The brothers from Donegal hope to return to the US again next year to perform.

“They’re all music mad and dance mad. We don’t have anything like an Xbox in our house; we spend our time dancing and singing,” said Tommy, who shares his love for Irish traditional music with his sons.

“The boys are very focused, they practice every day,” he said.

The boys also performed on The Late Late Toy Show playing a variety of traditional Irish instruments.

“The Late Late Toy show was an amazing experience for us. The support we got from Donegal was unbelievable, it was like we were the Donegal football team,” said Tommy.

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