Cork barman gets recording deal after C103 appearance

An amateur singer and barman from Cork has been snapped up by a recording studio after they heard him on local station C103.

John Horgan was famously recorded singing Jimmy McCarthy’s song “Bright Blue Rose”, while tending the Crossroads Bar in Knockavilla, near Innishannon in Co. Cork last month.

The video went viral on YouTube, clocking up over 562,000 views on Facebook and 62,000 on YouTube.

John spoke to C103’s Cork Today programme about his instant fame and was immediately contacted by Music Row Studios, who suggested John record the song for a charity release.

Leo Fitzgerald from Music Row told C103 presenter Patricia Messinger that “even professionals who perform on stage and in bands find the studio difficult at times but John came in like a guy doing it for many years;- we were amazed!”

John’s single – which is on sale in the Crossroads Bar (where he works) and other local premises – got its first airplay yesterday, Wednesday March 4th on C103’s Cork Today – the show where it all started – and will also be played by fellow C103 presenters Sean Donlon and John Greene.

The single costs €5 and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Cork branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

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  1. Kathleen Harkin says

    Fantastic News !! so happy to hear that John has been given this recording deal, he has the most beautiful voice!! a natural born singer !!!!!!

  2. PJ O:Mackesy says

    I was beginning to think our Eire was Dead and Gone but after hearing this man sing i now know Eire is alive and well inside in every Irish man and woman……… Now that’s a man singing from the heart…….Good Luck

  3. alan derwin says

    what a man he brought a tear to my eye as i listened now that what you call a singer and not false either. good look in the future

  4. Patrick Brady says

    Well done to John Horgan for singing this beautiful song. A natural voice that blends perfectly in tune with the music. The banjo player deserves credit too! Also credit must go to fellow Cork genius Jimmy McCarthy for writing the Lyrics to ‘Bright Blue Rose’
    It’s all Cork. Up Cork…..

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