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Wexford born but Cork based singer and guitarist Joey Ryan has been touring Ireland and Europe solidly for the last few years; and since he released his debut album ‘Morning Will Come Soon’ in 2012, his time on the road has increased, “I, along with Ben Cooper on drums and Paul Dowling on bass who make up the Joey Ryan trio, had a particularly amazing 2013, we completed a 21 date headline tour in September and we also played concerts with Jack Lukeman, Mick Flannery, Alabama 3, and Duke Special.”
Rather than rest on his laurels Joey is already building on the momentum of ‘Morning Will Come Soon’ with a new releases, to help with this transition he has a single ‘Stay Strong’ out since last week. Joey explained his plans for the rest of the year, “it is the first single from a new EP later in 2014”, but Joey is use this round of touring and publicity to make a difference outside the music industry, “we released the single in conjunction with Breast Cancer Ireland to raise awareness and much needed funds for this fantastic organisation. In recent years Breast Cancer has become the most common invasive cancer in Irish women and while advances in treatment have seen an increase in survival from breast cancer for Irish women in recent years it’s still the biggest cause of death from cancer in women in Ireland. All sales of the single will be donated to the charity, and I also made the launch night of ‘Stay Strong’ in my hometown in the Wexford Arts Centre, a fundraiser so we gave all the proceeds from the night to Breast Cancer Ireland.”
Joey pointed out that while the song is in aid of Breast Cancer awareness isn’t specifically about it as subject, “the song isn’t explicitly about the illness but I suppose lyrically its share some common ground, with a message of finding some strength when you are going through a bad patch and holding on it, with the support of those who love you”.
‘Stay Strong’ and the rest of Joey’s music can be purchased via http://www.facebook.com/JoeyRyanSongs and soundcloud.com/joey-ryan
The Joey Ryan trio will be playing 4 gigs in Cork over the next month to help publicise the single and the charity; Oliver Plunket, Cork on Thursday 20 March, De Barras, Clonakilty on Saturday 22 March and Thursday 3 April and the Crane Lane Theatre on Monday 14 April.