A lifetime withinin the Irish Music industry ........
Raymond is a successful businessman. Since 1972 he established and has been a Director of many and varied successful businesses. He is particurlarly identified with the Irish Music Industry, the Arts and culture. At the early age of four he learned to play the accordian. Before long he had mastered the insrument and achieved many of the top awards in Ireland.
In 1972 Raymond established his own Academy of Music in Dublin. He taught thousands of children Traditional Irish Music over a period of 25 years until he retired from teaching.
Raymond and his group Brogue performed worldwide. He recalls fondly some notable highlights of his career. In 1976 he was invited to perform at the American Bi-Centennial Celebrations in Philadelphia. In 1980 he performed for Senators, Congressmen and their families, at the prestigious Gaston Hall University, Washington DC. He toured America/Canada on more than 20 occasions performing from Toronto, Canada, to New York, and more cities too numerous to mention. He made guest appearances on American television and radio. He performed on many occasions in Ireland’s National Concert Hall. He was the guest Artist on the 21st Anniversary on the Late Late Show – the longest running television chat show in the world. He composed and performed the Irish music for the Yorkshire Television Series ‘Stay Lucky’ featuring Dennis Waterman and Niall Tobin.
In 1980 he established his own independent Record Company. He produced over 100 albums for Irish artists which were distributed worldwide.
As a songwriter, Raymond has won many of the top awards in Ireland and Internationally. He won the Cavan International Song Contest, Ireland, The Benelux International Song Contest, Holland - The Florida International Song Contest, Jacksonville - and the prestigious UNISONG International Song Contest, USA. He has represented Ireland Internationally in many song contests, in England, Checz Republic, Malta, and Sweden to name but a few. He has been a finalist in Eurosong, Ireland’s National Song Contest, on three occasions and won it in 2000. Raymond represented Ireland, with ‘Millennium of Love’ in the Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The song achieved 6th place.
His albums encapsulate the many and varied aspects of Raymond’s talents, and his lifetime of commitment to the love of Irish music.
His creative talents and his ability to pen music in all genres, be it modern, pop, country or Irish, continues to lead him down new and exciting roads of creative discovery. This long awaited album comprises a refreshing and exciting collection of deep and meaningful newly composed ballads, new Irish airs and the best of traditional Irish music.
Crystal Swing's Mary Burke releases
'Fool for loving you' - composed by Raymond J Smyth