- Performing at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Derek first performed in the Olympia Theatre in 2014 for his biggest headline show to date, a stage which has seen many huge acts such as King of Leon, The Script and Bryan Adams.
- First International Tour
In September 2014, Derek and the band made the journey to Australia, after a loud call from those down under.
- #1 Album
Derek landed his biggest career achievement to-date with his album ‘The Simple Things’ has gone straight to the top of the Irish album chart after one week on release, holding off international stars such as Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and Kate Bush from the coveted number one slot.
- Live Performer of the Year
Ireland’s biggest selling paper the “Sunday World” awarded Derek with the title of “Performer Of The Year” earlier in the year.
- IRMA Award
Derek received an award from the Irish Recorded Music Association for his live album “Derek Ryan The Entertainer”
- Meeting Musical Idol – Bryan Adams
Taking a break from his bus tour, for one night, Derek flew to Paris for the “Reckless Tour”, where he managed to meet one of his musical influences and idol, Bryan Adams.
- Performing On the Late Late Show
Derek performed live on the Late Late Show, the biggest chat how in Ireland. Artists who have also graced the stage include Westlife, Ed Sheeran & U2.
- Performing at International Festival – Rose Of Tralee
One of Irelands largest and longest running festivals – where people come from all over the world to go to.
- Collaborating with Irish Music Legend
In 2014, Derek collaborated with Sharon Shannon twice, and released singles “Hold Onto Your Hat” and “It’s Christmas Time Again (All Over Again)”
- Album Of The Year
Derek was honoured to be awarded with ”Album of The Year” for his fantastic fourth album, Country Soul. (Below, Derek is presented with his award by Noel Dunne – Irish Country Sound)