Spotlight on: Mike Denver celebrates eleven years as one of the top entertainers in Ireland
One of the major success stories on the Irish Country Music Scene, Mike Denver can be justifiably proud of his catalogue of achievements since he debuted on the professional scene back in 2003. As well as playing to full houses throughout the country, Mike has been busy in the Studio with twelve Albums and four DVDs to his credit.
Mike was born in Portumna, Co. Galway, and gained invaluable experience in the music industry through gigging in his mother’s band from around the age of sixteen.
Growing up in a house full of music, fostered a love in him for the Country songs of that era and he cites American Star Garth Brookes as a major influence, as well as home grown talents Foster & Allen and Declan Nerney.
Mike joined a local Wedding Group for a few years but got his big break when his Manager Willie Carty suggested he put his own Band together which was launched at the Park House Hotel in Edgeworthstown in January, 2003, eleven years ago this month.
From the outset, the young Mike was a hit with the Irish punters, his winning mix of youth, humour, and great voice ensured they took the new arrival on the scene to their hearts where he has remained ever since.
A debut album showcased his voice to DJs on Radio Stations nationwide and beyond, and Wings to Fly which included favourites such as You’re My Best Friend, It’s a Dream Come True, and Cry, Cry, Cry, further fuelled the passion for Mike’s music.
A further eleven Albums have continued to cement his success leading to consistent airplay and regular TV appearances. The full listing of albums are as follows; Love to Live, Messenger Boy, Christmas Country, Galway Boy, Seasons in the Sun, Got a Funny Feeling, Thank God for the Radio, Tradition, Vintage Country, The Live Show, and the latest; There’s Only One.
His four DVDs meanwhile are The Essential Galway Boy, Christmas Country, Live in Concert, and Let’s Dance – The Live Show. More recent releases include The Day of my Return, a lively ballad which featured renowned accordion virtuoso Liam O’Connor who toured the world with Michael Flatley of Riverdance Fame.
An up-tempo version of Sylvia’s Mother, the Dr. Hook classic was popular with dancers and radio listeners as was My Darling Kathleen.
Mike is no stranger to national TV – he’s been a regular guest on the Late Late Show, and Glór Tíre, as well as appearing on Up for the Match, the Miriam O Callaghan Show, Podge and Rodge, and Seoige and O Shea.
Some of the greats of the Irish music scene inspired the young Mike Denver – Daniel O Donnell, Foster & Allen, and Declan Nerney were his heroes while across the pond in the USA where country music is a religion, the great George Jones was top of the list for Mike and he subsequently got the opportunity to record a single with George, which he cites as one of the highlights of his career.
A major highlight in his personal life was of course his marriage to Elizabeth who he met when she brought her Mum to one of his gigs. The couple wed in 2012 at Keadue, Co. Roscommon and held their reception at Kilronan Castle.
In over a decade in show business Mike has received countless awards including
Vocalist of the year for 2013 in The Country Music Entertainment Awards Show in association with the Sunday World Newspaper at the Mullingar Park Hotel.
Mike is delighted to have won this Award for the 2nd year in a row and is already looking forward to 2014 awards show.
Mike Denver annual music holidays are becoming increasingly popular with Irish and English audiences. Destinations include the USA and Spain with up to 600 fans heading off abroad to these venues to enjoy a week of music with Mike, his Band, and some guest artists. With music and dancing each night of the trip and plenty of time during the day to check out local beauty spots, or enjoy some shopping, it’s the ideal mix of music and fun.
Mike got 2014 off to a flying start with the announcement of a series of Concerts with entertainers Sandy Kelly who will perform the hits of Patsy Cline, and Marc Roberts who will sing John Denver material. A new Single Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor, and a new Album There’s Only One.
At the beginning of his eleventh year at the pinnacle of the Irish Country scene, Mike is sure to continue to delight his legion of fans with great recordings and electrifying live shows going into the future.