Dominic Kirwan’s latest Album, My Kinda Country reflects his love of the music he’s had all his life. It’s 14 songs reflect a wide variety of influences within the genre ranging from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers via Tom Jones. Released in October 2009, it has been received enthusiastically by critics and fans alike. It’s just the latest chapter in a success story which began with his first album “Try A Little Kindness” with Ritz Records in 1989. But Dominic has been involved with music for much longer than that……
He began Irish Dancing in his home town of Omagh at the age of 4 joining the well respected Seamus Kerrigan school of Irish Dancing. Not long after, one of his primary school teachers approached his mother after a singing competition and informed her that her son had a very good voice. During the next few years, Dominic competed in all manner of singing and dancing competitions throughout Ireland and further afield, giving him valuable experience for the career that lay ahead.
Dominic’s first band, The Melody Boys, was formed in early 1979. The group played all over the North West of Ireland, learning their craft in local bars, Clubs, Dancehalls, Weddings and many other functions. He first went solo at the end of 1984, recording his first single called, “Alice Is in Wonderland,” now a collectors item amongst fans. All the while, he was entering talent contests the length and breadth of Ireland from U.T.V.’s Entertainer of The Year to Search for a Star on R.T.E. and even B.B.C.’s Opportunity Knocks. He finally managed to break through in 1988, winning two local radio talent shows, which led directly to his signing to Ritz Records soon after. Many of Dominic’s hits originate from this time, such as Noreen Bawn. Thus began Dominic’s hectic touring schedule which would take him all over the globe, giving him the opportunity to work with such great music stars as Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rodgers, Don Williams and many others. More recently Dominic has been joined on stage with two of his sons Colm and Barry, both individual talents in their own right.
Amongst his peers and fans alike, Dominic’s live shows are regarded as some of the most vibrant and exciting in today’s music scene. With his rich voice and wide repertoire, there is always something to please even the most ardent music critic.
At present, Dominic has recorded over 14 studio albums and has also six live shows recorded on DVD, many of which, like his latest offering, “My Kinda Country,” have reached top positions in both British Album and DVD charts. For this new album, Dominic has put together a selection of country songs that reflect both his love of the music and his respect for material, old and new.