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Rising Irish country star Ben Troy excited by open air debut at Strabane Summer Jamm

18 June 2018

Sunday’s highly anticipated ‘Open Air Country Concert’ at this weekend’s Strabane Summer Jamm festival will represent a debut of sorts for one of the hottest properties in Irish country music.

Monaghan native Ben Troy is still only 19 years old and has already achieved more than many musicians do in a lifetime but his weekend performance in County Tyrone will be his first major outdoor performance.

“It’ll be a first open air concert for me, you don’t get that many opportunities in this country,” he smiled. “My own concerts are quite intimate so this will be a new experience but it’s one I’m really looking forward to.

“Having a close connection with the audience is a big element of my shows, audience participation is really important and I like to perform songs that the audience can sing along to.

“I like to sing traditional country style music and the Strabane public can expect a lot of that along with one or two surprises.”

After two years on tour supporting Derek Ryan, Ben has established himself as a star in his own right and his Nashville recorded debut album ‘Gravity’ has been received to widespread acclaim.

“The album exceeded all expectations,” he admitted “I was involved in every step of the process from the writing to the recording and production, it really enjoyed the experience and it’s been great to see something we created being received so well.

“The run with Derek was a great learning experience, one that money couldn’t buy, he’s a real master of his craft in so much of what he does so I could only benefit and grow from spending all that time with him.”

A two-time All-Ireland traditional music champion, Troy has been a regular part of Phil Mack’s Keep it Country international tours and has even earned the seal of approval of Daniel O’Donnell who has described him as ‘something special’.

“There have been so many highlights that it’s hard to pick out one that stands out,” he added. “Performing on the Late Late Show and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville were both a dream come true and I played at the Three Arena this year too which was a brilliant experience.

“Hopefully there’s much more to come, in the short term I want to complete the new album and launch my new website, I have big plans for the long term as well but I’m going to keep those a secret for now!”

Summer Jamm is a free event excluding events in the Alley Theatre and the Strajamba Music Festival. Tickets for the ‘Seventh Son’ Iron Maiden tribute show at the Alley Theatre on Friday night are £10, tickets for ‘Woofle’ on Saturday are £2. Tickets for The Strajamba Music Festival are £5 before the event or £10 on the night.

The ‘Open Air Country Music Festival’ on Sunday is free. 

For further information and full programme of events visit www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm.