A county Kildare musician will visit Derry next month as part of his epic cycle trip around Ireland to play a gig a day in each of the 32 counties.
David Burke aims to complete his mammoth trip - an estimated 2,000 kilometres - to promote his debut album, ‘Where colours swim.’
While he will pass through the city on his long cycle, the singer songwriter will play his Derry show in Bellaghy Bawn in honour of the late Seamus Heaney.
“I have always been a big fan of Seamus Heaney so when I came up with the idea of cycling around Ireland and playing a gig in each of the 32 counties I knew that I wanted to play the Derry gig in Bellaghy because of its close association with the poet,” he said.
The musician said he is looking forward to coming to the north west. “I have never been to Derry before so I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
As he worked on the album, David wrote some of the music on a piano which was played by Queen singer, Freddie Mercury, during the recording of their iconic hit, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ He also worked with a string quartet who had previously played with Amy Winehouse. The record is produced by Roger Bechirian, who has worked with Elvis Costello in the past.
David admits that his cross-country journey will be a challenge but said he is looking forward to it. “I wanted to do something different to capture the imagination. It will be a big challenge but I will have support during it and hopefully the weather won’t be too bad,” he said.
The singer is no stranger to extreme challenges and lists his hobbies as running marathons and climbing mountains.
He is due to arrive in Derry to play in Bellaghy Bawn on March 7 at 8pm.