Tyrone artist opening for HORSLIPS

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Tyrone singer-songwriter Ciaran McElhinney has been chosen by promoters of the upcoming Horslips concert at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, to open the show.

Ciaran, 40, a lifelong fan of the band said he was “honoured” to be supporting the Irish music legends on Sunday, October 26.

The singer, whose influences include rock, metal, blues, bluegrass and country to Americana, Irish and folk, will open performing a set of popular covers as well as original music.

Ciaran said: “Horslips defined an era of music not only in Ireland but across the globe. When I met Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart in Belfast at the launch of the event last month I was absolutely in awe.

“They say you should never meet your idols for fear you will be disappointed, but the guys were down to earth and great craic. We had a great chat about the music and they were just as interested in what I do as I was in them.

“If that wasn’t surreal enough, to be asked to open the show for them is something I will never forget.”

Ciaran, who now lives in Belfast, is currently working on his debut album due out early 2015.

Also on the bill is U105 star Johnny Hero’s band The Ex-Producers.

Horslips will play Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Sunday October 26. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie, www.ulsterhall.co.uk (028 9033 4455) or direct from Queen’s.