Eddie Delahunt: Catching a wave
ot long after wandering musician Eddie Delahunt mustered out of the Irish Merchant Marine, he caught the big immigration wave to America. Lo and behold, the Dublin boy washed up in landlocked Missouri! Delahunt knew nary a soul when he arrived in America in 1989, with rucksack in hand and guitar over his shoulder. But the natives were starving for new and younger sounds from the country of their grandparents. A two-week gig at Harling's
Pub in Kansas City turned into a hundred gigs. The gigs turned into CDs, parades, regional festivals and radio shows. Eddie's workingman concoction of traditional Irish ballads, energized guitar riffs, and original lyrics and tunes have made him an adopted native son and something of a household name in and around Kansas City (if your household includes pictures of the Pope and Jack Kennedy).
You can visit Eddie at his 'Cafe &' coffee shop 4448 Bell Street in KC where he
struts his barista talents while chatting about his new musical adventures.
His live and studio recordings have sold thousands. 2009 &
Eddie's newest release ' 20 Years a Growin' ! This NEW CD celebrates his
20 years entertaining in the good old USA. Eddie relates of when he first
arrived in March 1989. He goes
back to those basics with this album of his favourites from over the years.
release 'Triur' has been ecstatically welcomed by listening fans old and new . Original compositions featured on his 2006 release,
'Original Sing', are requested over and over again at his regular performances, concerts and festivals.
Released in 2005 was 'Alive at O'Dowd's'. This expertly mastered CD will have
you participating and clapping along as if you were a part of the crowd. Another
CD, 'Travelin', celebrates the notions of freedom and exploration, and recalls the trepidation and lonesomeness that are the realities of emigration. The CD covers some old Irish and English ballads and introduces a handful of grand new Delahunt songs.
"Writing is a gift that is rewarded with the compliment of someone who identifies their experiences with yours in your songs", Delahunt explains.
"Performing is the best feeling of all," says Eddie. "It's never the same twice. I never use a set list as one song begets another and one crowd is, of course, different than another. A nice applause is always appreciated, but putting a smile on someone's face or a tear in their eye--that's magic!"