Never one to push himself, he did not capitalise on this early success and was only occasionally heard in Northern Ireland for some time.
His first encounter with the folk scene, perhaps, was when he made a special guest appearance at the first Northern Lights festival in Ballycastle in 1993 although he had duetted with Niamh Parsons on two songs for her 1992 album, .
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These days he's probably most famous in the Republic as a judge on the Voice of Ireland talent show.