Derry tenor George Hutton has one dream for 2016 and that is to sing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ in Croke Park stadium in Dublin.
George, 28, is also a proud member of Steelstown Brian Og’s GAC and performed ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ at several Co. Derry club matches last year.
Geroge’s rendition of the national anthem soon started to turn heads and earlier this month he performed the song before the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup clash between Derry and Tyrone in Owenbeg.
“It’s been an amazing few months,” said George.
“I’ve always had a passion for singing. In recent years I lived in Dublin and sang alongside the now famous ‘Hozier’ in ‘Anúna’.
“It’s nice being back in Derry and I am back playing for Steelstown too.
“I started singing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ at a few junior championship matches last year and I must have done something right because I sang it in front of 5,000 people in Owenbeg a few weeks ago,” added George.
A former pupil of St. Eugene’s P.S. and St. Columb’s College, one of George’s first ever teachers was Eoin O’Callaghan a.k.a. ‘Best Boy Grip’.
“Eoin helped me achieve my Grade Five certificate in singing. Eoin told me he thought I had a talent for singing and advised me to stick at it.”
George’s voice is familiar to many around Derry and when he was younger he sang in many local choirs including the award winning Codetta choir.
“I did a lot of Irish folk singing. It was something that I really enjoyed doing and I have been doing it from the age of 17,” added George.
George would then go on to spend three years of his life singing with world famous Irish choir, ‘Anúna’.
“The three years I spent with ‘Anúna’ were amazing,” said George.
“I toured Holland and Belgium twice with ‘Anúna’ and I also performed with them in Canada. It was during this time that I took part in a RTE 2 documentary called ‘Exiles’.”
George’s recent spine tingling rendition of ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ in Owenbeg a few weeks ago was so impressive that he has been asked back to perform at the Ulster GAA Conference in the same venue later this month.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to Owenbeg and all being well, hopefully, I might be allowed to perform ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ at Derry’s opening game of the 2016 Ulster Championship against Tyrone in Celtic Park in May - I’d also love to sing at the Ulster Final.”
George has achieved a lot in his short singing career but singing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ in Croke Park remains his ultimate dream.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than Croke Park. To sing there would be a dream come true,” he said.