Spotlight on: Marion Curry and Ally Harron
Their Fans and friends mean everything to Fermanagh Duo Ally Harron and Marion Curry; “We cannot express how much our fans and friends mean to us, without all the lovely people who travel to be with us, where would we be, we do appreciate everyone, it makes the road so much easier and worthwhile, and a sincere thank you goes out to you all,” Marion and Ally said.
While the couple are vocal in praise of their followers, it is very clear that both Marion and Ally are also held in extremely high regard by their legions of fans who religiously attend the gigs when the Duo are on tour in various venues in Ireland, the UK, across Europe, and the USA.
Fans of the Couple in the Midlands can look forward to catching up with them on Saturday, April 9th when they make a return visit to the St. Thomas Club in Erdington as part of their UK tour.
Since Marion and Ally teamed up over nineteen years ago, they have continued to consolidate their popularity on the Country and Irish Music scene. While they gel exceptionally well as a Duo, both individually bring a wealth of talent and expertise to their craft.
Ally learned his trade working as a Lead Guitarist and Vocalist with Tommy Fee and the Cajun Sound, and subsequently with the popular Ronnie Griffiths who was a former member of the Mighty Avons.
Ally became well known for his distinctive vocal ability along with his enviable yodelling skill, and this continues to play a significant role in his shows today. Back in the early 70’s, he recorded a number called the Geisha Girl in the Eamonn Andrews studios in Dublin – a song which earned him the attention he deserved, and is still very popular in the Band’s stage performance today.
The lovely Marion was brought up in a family that loved traditional Irish music, and indeed her father Pat Curry was the Accordion player with the local Starlight Céilí Band, so music has always been a hugely important part of her life. However, as much as she loved Irish and Country, 1972 saw her embark on a career with a Showband called Paddy Boy, April, and The Silver Pennies. Their repertoire consisted of covers from the Pop and Rock Bands of that era, along with some original songs penned by various band members. Marion went on to become known as April South, and was the Bass Guitarist with the band.
Towards the latter days with The Pennies, she recorded an old Dobie Gray song called ‘Drift Away’ which made its way into the Irish charts, and proved to be a popular song with the Radio Presenters of that time. However, Marian drifted away from the pop and rock, and subsequently left the Showband fraternity to take up residence in a bar on the island of Tenerife where she worked as a one woman show performing Country and Irish music.
Sometime after her return to Ireland in 1997, she met and teemed up with Ally Harron having known him many years previously when they would have sang in the local choir in Derrylin, and in various local parish shows.
Their debut album Always True, which featured popular duets and solo numbers, struck a chord with Radio Presenters and fans alike.
Numerous albums followed including Rather Have What We Had, The One I’m Holding Now, and You’re Never Too Old To Sing A Country Song. In addition, the couple have released a series of DVDs filmed on location around beautiful Fermanagh and surrounding counties.
Recently they launched their brand new 12 track CD entitled ‘Perfect Harmony’ and this superb album is now available from Irishmusic.co.uk.
Over many years of touring Ally and Marian have brought their music to England, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and in recent years to the USA where they have performed in New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Boston, where their music has been met with widespread enthusiasm,
One of the highlights in the Diary is their annual Country Music Weekend which they host in the lovely Central Hotel in Donegal town. Now in its 6th year, it will be in full swing again on May 27th, 28th, and 29th. Joining them will be Gerry Guthrie, Mick Flavin, and a host of other stars who are sure, along with Marion and Ally, to delight their many fans who will be attending the weekend.
Readers can check out Marian and Ally on their new facebook page ALLY HARRON AND MARIAN CURRY and also on their Website at www.allyharron.com.