Richie, Des, Sammy, Robbie, Johnny and Jerome, hail from Coolboy, Co. Wicklow, six brothers with just over a decade between the eldest and youngest. Their passion for singing and performing, combined with a genuine closeness, stems from a childhood filled with music and singing, a love they carried with them through the years into adulthood. Credit must be given to their father Richard, and their late mother Breda, for nurturing and encouraging these gifts from an early age and introducing them to a world of music and entertainment. In the seventies and eighties their parents had their own popular country band ‘The Moonsiders’, performing at dances and shows across the country.
They are currently making a big impression on the national and international music scene with appearances on a number of TV and Radio shows. Their new single ‘Don’t It Feel Good’ is currently play listed on RTE Radio 1. Earlier this summer they had the honour of performing at Arás an Uachtaráin by invitation of President Michael D Higgins. They performed the title song at the 2013 Rose of Tralee International Festival before a TV audience of 1.2 million. They have also made appearances on RTE’s ‘Up For The Match’ 2011, the Derek Mooney Show and the John Murray Show on Radio 1. They have toured extensively in the U.S. and the UK, and have a further U.S. tour planned for March 2017. In 2012 they had the honour of singing in Croke Park at the All-Ireland Hurling Final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. They have also performed at the GAA Ladies All-Star Awards and the National GAA Handball Awards.
Not only do the brothers share a love of singing, but they also have a passion for Gaelic games, handball in particular. They all impressively hold All-Ireland Handball medals while four of them, Richie, Johnny, Robbie and Sammy are World Handball Champions.
Their debut album ‘The Promise’ which includes their hit song ‘Where The Blarney Roses Grow’ and their current album ‘Irish Heart’ are available in stores nationwide, for download on iTunes and from their website www.thewilloughbybrothers.com
Irish Heart is their current album which features a blend of Irish ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs. The title track is an uplifting ballad written by Derek Ryan and tells the story of an Irish emigrant who longs to return home. Their intricate and melodic harmonies are what makes this album stand out and their version of Phil Coulter’s ‘Steal Away’ and John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ are truly stunning. ‘All Around My Hat’, ‘When the Boys Come Home’, ‘Something Inside So Strong’ and their cover of the Oakridge Boys 1989 Hit ‘No Matter How High’ add a lively and upbeat feel to the album. ‘Solitaire’ is a breath-taking solo performance from Des. The final track on the album ‘Our Mother Our Friend’ is a poignant tribute to the memory of their late mother Breda, who sadly lost her battle against breast cancer and passed away in 1990 at the young age of 38. With beautiful arrangements and orchestration throughout, this album has something for all lovers of music and will take the listener on an emotive musical journey.
The Willoughby Brothers create a very special sound with a repertoire featuring a blend of Irish ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs. These handsome and charming brothers have much to offer as a group.