Audiences in the US are loving these three young brothers from Co Donegal
Three young brothers from Co Donegal are delighting audiences thousands of miles from home – as dancers at Walt Disney World.
The talented trio have played two weeks of shows at the famous resort in Orlando, Florida.
The Byrne Brothers are Luca (13), Finn (11) and 7-year-old Dempsey. They performed with their father Tommy in Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road pub for St. Patrick’s Day.
Tommy said: “We’ve done theatre gigs at home, what we’re doing is the real McCoy. The boys are amazing musicians; they’re playing better than most adults, they’re incredible these days.”
They perform an interactive show which includes Irish dancing and Irish trad music. The brothers all bring their own skills to the show. Sometimes they might even get members of the audiences to compete in singing competitions during the show.
Dempsey plays the bodhrán, fiddle and whistle and can rap the Rattlin Bog. Finn plays the banjo, mandolin and whistle and Luca plays the accordion, whistle and bodhran.
They are all talented Irish dancers – Finn is a current Irish dancing champion. They have all qualified for the world championships in April.
Tommy told the Irish Independent: “We’ve just finished two weeks of shows in Orlando and every day the Americans went crazy for us.
“The shows are going down a storm. The pub said the boys have gathered the largest crowd they’ve ever seen. People had to wait five days to get a table just to see the show. They’re absolutely loving it. The Americans are a wonderful audience.
“Dempsey is the character. He’s the one everyone looks at because he always winks at the ladies and tells jokes. He’s the coolest kid and a comedy genius.”
The boys are loving America Just as much and while they were in Florida they were invited to the Magic Kingdom, Wet’n’Wild and a Cirque du Soleil show.
Tommy said: “They think they’re celebrities because everyone keeps coming up to them and recognising them. They’re having the time of their lives. It’s 28 degrees here, it’s mad to think there’s snow forecast in Ireland at the moment.”
The family have plans to see more of the States before they head home to Ireland. They are heading north to New Jersey to do a show at a performing arts academy at Stockton University.
They also hope to perform in New York before they head home to Donegal. Their dream is to busk at Times Square with the Naked Cowboy.
Tommy said: “The (New Jersey) show sold out before we even officially announced it. Hundreds of tickets have been sold for the show.”
Take a look at the video below.
This video was recorded at a performance in Ennis Fleadh in 2016
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling