Ryan comes from The Moy in Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Although he studied accountancy at Queens University, Belfast and is a qualified Chartered Accountant by trade, music and theater have always been Ryan’s true passion. He first began singing in public at the age of seven and has won many accolades and awards for his performances, including SCOR 2007, a national Irish Singing Competition, and the BBC’s Country Cool competition in 2003. In his solo career, Ryan has performed alongside Westlife, Girls Aloud and Simply Red at a televised “Children In Need” Charity Concert. He also released his solo debut album In Time in October 2011 to great critical acclaim and won an Irish Music Award that same year. Ryan’s love of musical theatre has led him to perform the lead role in the Willie Russell musical “Blood Brothers” and the role of Judas Iscariot in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Ryan is a fanatical sports fan and has played Gaelic football and basketball at national level. One of the highlights of Ryan’s Celtic Thunder journey so far was the opportunity to stand alongside his Celtic Thunder cast mates in TD Garden in Boston and sing the US National Anthem to open a game for his beloved Celtics.

One of the original members of Celtic Thunder, Ryan was between banking jobs when his brother told him about the audition for “an Irish touring band of America”. Ryan thought “I’m not doing anything else, so I should see what this is all about. At the audition we had to write a few lines about ourselves and what we’d done. Phil (Coulter) saw that I’d just finished playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and it turns out he’d produced the first touring Irish production of it.” Celtic Thunder’s producer Sharon Browne was looking for someone who could “sing like they had a mean streak” and when Ryan sang as Judas, it all came together. Ryan’s love for drama made him the perfect pick for the role of the “rogue” or “Dark Destroyer” in Celtic Thunder Shows. Nothing could have prepared Ryan however for the momentum surrounding Celtic Thunder. “It’s great fun being the bad guy,” said Ryan. “For me, there’s no better role, and they’ve given me great songs to do it with. Besides, thankfully I’m a much better singer than I was an accountant!”

Ryan has toured the US, Canada and Australia with Celtic Thunder since 2008, he was on board the inaugural Celtic Thunder Cruise in 2013 and will be on board the MSC Divina on November 8th 2014 when the Celtic Thunder Cruise 2014 sets sail from Miami. In addition to performing in the 2 Celtic Thunder shows on the Cruise, Ryan will be teaming up with fellow cast mate Neil Byrne to perform their duet show, Acoustic By Candlelight.