Mon. Jan 25th, 2021


A singer from Newry has reached the next round of the BBC programme ‘The Voice’ it has emerged.

Damien Quinn from Derrybeg who made his name with the Rebel band ‘Justice’ and who is now a solo singer blew the judges away with his rendition of ‘Go On Home British Soldiers, Go On Home’.

Quinn who will appear on Next Saturday’s show said he was blown away by the reception he received at the studio while performing his song.  His new mentor Boy George who himself is born from an Irish mother and father was moved to tears by Quinn’s song.

Boy George told Newry Spud:

“I just couldn’t hold back the emotions when I heard Damien sing the lyrics ‘For 800 years, we fought you without fear and we’ll fight you for 800 more’ I was so moved by those emotive and beautifully crafted lyrics.”

Damien is taking it all in his stride, when we caught up with him in Derrybeg today he told us:

“Aye, it’s some craic. I did it more as a joke to be honest with you. But the crowd loved the old rebel songs and got right behind me. When I am on the live show’s my songs of choice so far are ‘Broad Black Brimmer’, ‘My Old Man’s a Provo’ & Crossmaglen.”

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