Monday 21 October 2019

Ryan's bodhran players drum up Irish support

Brian O'Reilly Malmo

A HEAVILY tattooed pair of bodhran players are drumming up huge support in Malmo ahead of tomorrow's Eurovision finals.

Colm Farrell and Alan McGrath are tasked with ensuring the Irish entry dances to a different beat, and could be the secret ingredient to help secure a first win since 1996.

Singer Ryan Dolan is not the only attraction in the Irish camp, as Alan and Colm have won legions of new fans as well.

While Dolan was stopped regularly by international fans asking for pictures, so were his backing musicians.

"We've been a bit blown away by it all to be honest, we weren't expecting anything like the publicity we've received," Colm told the Irish Independent.

The 23-year-old, from Ballylinan in Co Laois, is a professional bodhran player.


"It's a bit bananas being here, I never expected the attention, it's completely mad and we didn't see it coming," he said.

Meanwhile, Alan (20) from Tallaght, in Dublin, has performed at the VMAs as a dancer for Justin Bieber.

However, he says Eurovision is the best thing he's done: "I love it, it's the best thing I've done in my career so far."

But the pair only found out they'd be performing topless six weeks before they went to Eurovision.

"We definitely hit the gym a bit more, nothing like the pressure of finding out you're performing topless to 125 million people to motivate you!" he joked.

Tonight Dolan and the team will perform for the juries, which will determine half of Ireland's overall score in the final.

Ireland has won the Eurovision seven times, more than any other country, but we have not clinched the title for 17 years.

Irish Independent

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