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INTERVIEW: DAMIAN McGINTY

Damian has been interviewed by “Duluth News Tribune” this week.

There he talks about his beginnings as a  child singer, his career in “Celtic Thunder”,  his amazing participation in “The Glee Project” winning a role in “Glee” the remarkable tv series and  the awaited return to the Irish group as a guest artist. Not only that, he is talking about his debut as a song writer!

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He’s not just the guy from ‘Glee’

A young Irish singer — who made his debut on a popular TV musical dramedy in the role of a character who is believed by a cheerleader to be a leprechaun — will perform alongside a quintet of his country-mates next week at Symphony Hall.

Damian McGinty, who spent 17 episodes of “Glee” as the foreign exchange student Rory Flanagan, is the guest artist for the Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour, which plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Other singers include Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne.

The 45-city tour marks a return to roots for McGinty, who joined the group known for its PBS specials when he was 14 and stepped aside for a few years to work toward the “Glee” gig.

Revisiting Celtic Thunder as a singer with more life experience appealed to McGinty.

“(I thought) it would be interesting to see that through a different perspective,” he said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Canada earlier this week. “Originally, I was a kid. We’ve had a blast. We’ve been on the road for two months. The audience have been receiving the show very well.”

McGinty said he remembered his first brush with a microphone. The Derry native came upon a karaoke competition while on vacation with his family when he was about 5, he said.

He got up and performed “No Matter What,” a hit for Boyzone, a late 1990s Irish boy band.

“I sat down, and everyone was cheering loudly,” he said.

From then on, he kept singing at local gigs and competitions, whenever he got the chance.

“I wasn’t thinking, ‘I want to do this for a job,’” he said.

He was recruited to try out for Celtic Thunder at an open audition, he said. The rest happened quickly.

“I was there 4½ years,” he said. “We shot four or five specials and six albums. It took off fairly quickly. Everything with Celtic Thunder hit the sky at fast pace.”

Eventually, he got the itch to try something new. He auditioned to be a part of Oxygen’s “The Glee Project,” a reality show with a grand prize of a role in seven episodes of Season Three of the Fox series. He and Samuel Larsen shared the top prize.

After his seventh episode, McGinty said he was given a script to return the next week. He ended up seeing the role through the character’s graduation from William McKinley High School.

“It was good timing. I didn’t want to be known as ‘The Guy from ‘Glee’,’” he said. “I didn’t think that would be smart. I like to keep things fresh. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing.”

In addition to Celtic Thunder, McGinty is in the early stages of writing his first solo album. And as soon as this tour ends, he will spend some time in a studio in Los Angeles.

“We’ve written a few tracks,” he said. “So far, it’s Sam Smith-slash-Coldplay. It’s just really different. It’s young, it’s fresh, it’s got a cool vibe to it.”

He’s able to write while on the road, he said. And his fodder is the experiences of the past almost-decade.

“I’ve had an interesting life so far,” McGinty said. “I’m 22, and I’ve been traveling the world for eight years, working with so many people. We’ve been writing about a lot of things: Growing up, relationships and love.”

 

 

Source: Duluth News Tribune

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DAMIAN McGINTY IS IN IRELAND!

Damian McGinty is in his hometown Derry, Northern Ireland visiting his family for the Holidays.

But he’s not alone…He’s there with a very well-known by the fandom….

Guess who?

Right! Damian is accompanied  by Anna Claire Sneed, a very nice and beautiful young lady!

This is the pic that Damian , himself posted in  Twitter:

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WEDDING PHOTOS: DAMIAN McGINTY’S BROTHER

After finished his concert in Atlanta, Damian took the first flight available to quickly reach his hometown where the preps for the wedding were more than slightly crazy, in the good way 😉

Our adorable Damian McGinty had to be in Ireland because his elder brother, Emmet was going to marry on April 21 with Charlene Slevin…And it was a big 2-day celebration!

Now, thanks to family and friends of the newlyweds and the magic of Internet, you are going to have the chance of watching these lovely pics!

TAKE A LOOK AND ENJOY!

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NEW SINGLE ON ITUNES!

Damian McGinty and Mairead Carlin sang together last year at the  “Sons and Daughters” concert for the UK City of Culture 2013 in Derry, Northern Ireland.

They had an awesome performance at The Venue, with an orchestra, chorus and five more singers.

Damian had a solo , “This is Your Song”, and the last number was “Let the River Run”.

This last one is now available via Itunes

Date of release : Jan. 20 2014

Pre- order available!

So…What are you waiting for? GO AHEAD AND GET THIS AMAZING SINGLE!

Let the River Run - Single, Mairead Carlin

 

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DAMIAN McGINTY ON TV: RTE IRELAND

On Tuesday, December 24th, Damian appeared on the show “For One Night Only” of RTE 1 (Ireland).

This show was dedicated to the composer and former Celtic Thunder Musical Director Phil Coulter.

Knowing that Damian McGinty was a former Celtic Thunder singer, Mr. Coulter invited him to sing in this show.

Damian sang the first song and lately sang with a big group of talented singers the last song, “Ireland Call”, there appeared Paul Byrom too 🙂

Just CLICK  and enjoy this amazing video!

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DAMIAN IN DUBLIN

Like you know,  Damian McGinty  announced that he was going to Ireland in June…and maybe you were thinking that it was only for visit his family, but not…

Damian McGinty is  invited to participate in an special concert of Phil Coulter in RTE (Irish Television) 

The rehearsal was on Monday, June 10  and the filming will be today!

In the show, the composer and former Celtic Thunder Director, Phil Coulter,will be accompanied by  not only Damian, there will be Paul Byrom , Tommy Fleming and  Bay City Rollers.

Hopefully, it will available not only in Ireland…or  maybe any fan could  upload the show on YT  😉

And here you are! Enjoy!

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UPDATING: DAMIAN McGINTY IN SEATTLE

Today Damian has arrived to Seattle…YAY!

He’ll be singing on Saturday May 18..and  the show is sold out since about 2 weeks!

But that isn’t the only thing that he told us…he will be in Derry in June 13 for six days!

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: But Ireland is always better ” *Im back June 13th for 6 days!! :)*

Well…Now i’m thinking over…Is he going to be in another wee concert in Derry City of Culture?

 

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