New local band ‘Neon River’ looking to make waves across Wicklow

Neon River band photo

Neon River is Ireland’s newest 4-piece American Country band (with a big emphasis on the American!), bringing a live and loud experience with a Nashville inspired sound. Playing hits from George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and more, they deliver a night like no other. So if you like twanging Telecaster guitars and to boot scootin’ boogie, Neon River are the cowboys you’ve been waiting for.

Neon River formed April 2022. Ryan McTernan (Tinahely) and Danny Beton (Baltinglass) met on Facebook after Ryan posted an ad looking for “outlaws” to start a hard-hitting American Country band. The two came together over a love for guitar, American Country music, as well as shared Country heroes and artists. Both lads have been playing guitar for close to 20 years each and have been musicians for most of their lives, playing across different genres and bands.

Over the following months, Ryan and Danny rehearsed every week together, building their shared vision of something they felt the Irish Country Scene was missing — a fast-paced, electrifying American Country band. No backing tracks, no gimmicks, just great Country music.

After a few months, professional musician and seasoned bass player, Jay, joined the lads. Well versed in blues and rock n’ roll, Jay brought his shared love for American Country, along with decades of musicianship. With that, the trio began marching their way towards their first show on the Irish music scene.

Drumcoura City, the Western Themed ranch in Leitrim, gave Neon River their big break on October 28th, 2022. With the help of Phil on drums, the lads played a blinder and got the house rockin’. Check them out here.

Neon River is currently filling their calendar for 2023, with limited availability for the rest of 2022.

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