Derek Ryan The Hits CD
1. Hold On To Your Hat (feat. Sharon Shannon)
2. Pick A Bale Of Cotton
3. Down On Your Uppers
4. God’s Plan
5. It’s Friday
6. Dreamers & Believers
8. Life Is A River
9. The Wrong Side Of Sober (feat. Roly Daniles)
10. Kiss Me Mary
11. Won’t Ya Come Down (To Yarmouth Town)
12. Made Of Gold
Title: The Hits.
Release Date: Fri 15th November.
Label: Sharpe Music.
Product Code: SHARPECD369.
Format: CD Barcode: 5018510193698.
It’s been a whirlwind 10 years for Derek Ryan: after touring the
world, releasing chart-hits year after year, and achieving ten best-
selling studio albums (with his last award-winning album aptly
named TEN) – 2019 seems to be the right year for Derek Ryan to
release a collection of his number 1 hits and fans-favourite songs
that have made the singer – songwriter one of the biggest names
in the Irish country music scene.
10 years, 10 albums – it’s a wonder how Derek Ryan could choose
only 21 tracks from his illustrious and expansive back catalogue of
hits. However, fans will be delighted to know many of Derek’s
classic songs will feature on the record: from the original, self-
penned ‘God’s Plan’, to arguably Derek’s biggest hit ‘Hold On To
Your Hat’, featuring the internationally acclaimed musician Sharon
Shannon. Newer songs such as ‘Down On Your Uppers’ and the
duet single ‘Honey Honey’ with Lisa McHugh are also included,
highlighting the hits old and new, which have firmly cemented the
Carlow singer’s position at the top table of Irish country music’s
elite, as the name ‘Derek Ryan’ continues to propel to
Considering his hectic schedule this year alone, which included
sold-out tours in both Ireland and Scotland, festival appearances
in France and Denmark, a headline slot at the SSE Arena and a
number of Summer Festival top-bill sets, Derek’s relentless
creative streak remained true to the singer’s heart. Time in the
recording studio was still a priority, with Derek recording his new
single ‘Only Getting Started’ with Cliona Hagan
and the bonus track on the Hits album – ‘If You’re Gonna Be Bad
(Be Good At It)’.
Having been the multi-recipient of awards including ‘Songwriter
of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Entertainer of the Year’,
Derek’s talent to immerse his audience into the Irish-Country
lifestyle and community, through his music, is evident with the
plethora of artists over the years who have recorded his songs.
These include Daniel O Donnell, Foster, and Allen, Philomena
Begley, Jimmy Buckley, and Johnny Brady to name only a few,
underlining the industry-wide admiration for Derek Ryan’s credible
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would get to this
point in my career – releasing my very own ‘Hits’ album” exclaims
Derek. “I’ve seen many of my favourite artists release a collection
of their biggest songs, and I am very very proud of the 21 tracks
featured on this record. I am indebted to my fans for making these
songs the hits they were, and I’m really hoping people will like the
carefully chosen selection on this album”.
Derek added, “I want to dedicate this to my fans all over the
world who have supported me, whether it’s been from the
beginning of my career, or to the present day – this album is for
Following on from the phenomenal success of his recent TEN tour,
the New Year will see Derek head back on the road for ‘The Hits’
concert tour 2020. Promised to be his most exciting concert show
yet, Derek and his band will visit venues across Ireland from the
end of January to the beginning of March, bringing along an array
of special guests: Cliona Hagan, Niamh McGlinchey, Olivia
Douglas, Tony Allen (from Foster & Allen) and The Tumbling
Paddies. Derek will then bring the concert tour to the UK and
finish up in Scotland. Derek Ryan’s brand new album ‘The Hits’ is
released on Friday 15th November from Sharpe Music.