What started out as Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" has now developed into an album called "Acoustically Irish".
Crossing traditional Irish music with Americana sounds and many World music influences, this album contains both classic tunes and some contemporary ones too - seamlessly reworked into a fresh sound. At the core of this album are Ryan and Neil's vocal harmonies.
The songs on "Acoustically Irish" were all carefully chosen and embrace Celtic and Irish sounds, ranging from "The Fields of Athenry", "The Rose of Allendale" and "The Water is Wide" to the Hothouse Flower's "Don't Go", Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and Paddy Casey's "Saints and Sinners" - amongst many others.
Joining Neil and Ryan on the recording of this album are the highly skilled and talented group of musicians; Declan O'Donoghue (Percussion), Nicole Hudson (Violin and Viola), Barry Kerr (Tin Whistle) and Seamus Brett (Piano).
Neil and Ryan continue to perform their "Acoustic by Candlelight" live show on a regular basis, check out the official website for listings and for more information about ordering the album.
Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly "Acoustically Irish" is released on October 1st 2013