Shamrock Tenors debut single rockets to the top of the charts

Local band, the Shamrock Tenors, have just released their debut single, ‘Grace’, and in the first weekend of release it shot to number one in the iTunes world chart.

The single was recorded live at their sold out concert in Lisburn in January and has been mastered and edited by Van Morrison’s sound engineer Ben McAuuley.

The band have had huge success over the last number of years performing around the world in countries such as Canada and Australia, as well as singing for huge companies including Disney and the BBC.

The lads are a cross community group of five singers from across Northern Ireland that aim to travel the world and promote local music. They had been scheduled to play the Ulster Hall in 2020 but due to Covid-19 they have had to delay the concert.

Singer Raymond Walsh, who hails from Lisburn, said: “Unfortunately, as is the case for many people, 2020 has proven to be a difficult year for us as a band. We have already missed out on eight different cruise ship contracts, as well as a dream concert at the Ulster Hall so we’re doing our best to move forward in whatever way we can.

“We managed to raise over £2000 for the NI Hospice with our lockdown cover of Danny Boy and we have now decided to release our first ever single for people to enjoy online. We absolutely love performing and putting a smile on people’s faces so hopefully it’s not too long before we can do that again.”

Reflecting on their sell-out concert in Lisburn, Raymond said: “It was an incredibly special night for all of us. The highlight was when Jamie spoke to the audience and said how incredible it was to have five lads, from different sides of the community, come on stage and sing all genres of Irish music, regardless of background, and have the entire audience enjoy every second of it. That’s what we try to do with our music.”