Tyrone pop sensation home for Christmas

Janet Devlin
Janet Devlin

Tyrone pop sensation Janet Devlin and her acoustic band will bring her highly successful ‘My Delirium’ tour to a close next Tuesday, 23 December, with a festive inspired hometown show at The Strule Arts Centre in Omagh.

As a massive thank you for all the support Janet has received from the community over the years she will bring some special guest friends along with her in the form of Emma Horan, whose YouTube mash-up videos of pop and R’n’B hits have racked up thousands of hits, and her very good friend Conor Scott from BBC’s The Voice.

Also taking to the stage for the end of tour wrap party is the Much Ado Stage School Choir which has been put together by singing teacher and Much Ado leader Rois Kelly specially for this occasion.

The pupils who range from 5 to 15 have in the past been involved with various musical theatre and TV productions.

Previous works of musical theatre include Wicked, Mary Poppins, Annie, Shrek, Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia and Jersey Boys to name but a few.

Their TV work has seen them featured on RTE’s All Ireland Talent Show in support of their fellow pupil Chloe Coyle, and ITV’s The Xtra-Factor.

The BBC also filmed the choir when it came to ‘Sport Relief does Glee’. Although having formed for this one-off appearance they plan to stay together to fulfil many gig requests from all over Ireland.

Growing up in County Tyrone, the only girl and youngest of four in her family, Our Janet thrived on a diet of watching Kerrang! TV and became inspired by the songwriting of the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hidden away in her parents’ shed she taught herself to play instruments and write songs where nobody else could hear her sing.

Janet’s latest album Running With Scissors was released in June this year. This 10-track debut is full of folk-driven pop songs and heart-touching ballads, which perfectly showcase her enchanting vocals.

A soulful album about growing up, becoming independent and dealing with a whole new range of emotions, the tracks are mostly written by Janet and were recorded in a staggering six weeks; but you’ll also find featured co-writes with Newton Faulkner and Jack Savoretti nestled alongside a sensitive cover of The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love”.

Her musicality and determination flourished and as a consequence, songs she posted to her YouTube channel gained an unexpected but welcome fan base. Janet’s a big fan of cartoons (she’s obsessed with ‘Adventure Time’), gaming, Netflix, poetry and horse riding.

VIP Tickets which include early venue access for soundcheck, pre-show Meet & Greet with photo opportunity, can be bought exclusively from janetdevlin.com

Limited tickets remain from The Strule Arts Centre Box Office on 028 82 247 831 and online from www.struleartscentre.co.uk