He grew up listening to all the big showbands of the time, such as Philomena Begley, Roly Daniels, Brian Coll, Gene Stuart, Sean Dunphy, and the Indians.
From an early age Colin, yearned to play in a country band, but his full-time work commitments and the responsibility of providing for a young family became his main priority. However, throughout his life the longing to play country music tingled at his fingertips, but it wasn’t until his maturing years that his musical dream looked like it could become a reality.
Colin has a born natural talent for music and he plays music by ear.
On turning 50, he took to playing the keyboard and is now highly respected by his peers as an accomplished keyboard player.
Since then his music journey has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most successful, one-man, social dance, showband acts in Ireland.
During his short career Colin has played support to many well-known stars such as Johnny Brady, Stephen Smyth,
Susan McCann, John McNicholl, Eamonn Jackson, Joe Davitt, Patrick O’Sullivan, Cliona Hagan, Shaun Cuddy and Thomas & Fiona Ennis to name just a few.
To date Colin has released four Albums: My
Dream Come True in July 2015, A Song For You September
Showband Diamonds at the end of April 2021 and Remember Me in May 2022.
The Showband Diamonds album features a selection of favourite showband numbers requested by listeners during Colin’s Facebook Live Shows. It also includes the Hit Single We’re Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight written by Vincent Soye,
which topped the Strabane Radio Charts for four weeks. Colin Harney Music followers will be delighted to learn that Colin’s single, The Legend Brian Coll is also included. This Hit Single topped the Carlow FM charts for eight weeks in a row in April and May 2021 and also obtained the No 1 spot in the Strabane Radio charts, Coastline Radio, Finn Valley FM, Irish Radio.Org and Strabally Studio 15 Charts.
On 4th October 2021 Colin released his new single Reach Out To Me My Friend. This is an original song co-written by Colin and his good friend Gordon Geary. Colin put the music to the song which has gone straight in at Number 1 in the Strabane Radio FM, Studio 15 Strabally, and Carlow FM charts and achieved over 30 No1s on radio stations across Ireland.
The Remember Me album was released in August 2022 and received great reviews. In addition to featuring the hit single
Reach Out To Me My Friend the album also includes Sleep My Baby which was released as a single and achieved No1 status on a number of radio station charts.
Following the successful release of the singles Reach Out To Me My Friend, The Legend Brian Coll and the Sleep My Baby, in addition to the Showband Diamonds and Remember Me Albums, Colin has caught the attention of many radio stations across the country, where his music is receiving regular airplay.
Interviews have been completed with well-known stations and presenters including, Irish Radio.org with Gerry Byrne, Strabane on-line Radio with John O’ Donnell, KMFL radio with Kevin Byrne, Coastline Radio with Brendan Gavin, Carlow FM with Ger O'Brien, Community Radio Kilkenny City with Joe Byrne and John Berger, Downda On-line radio with Mags McGagh, Athlone Community radio with David Smyth, Diverse FM with Jim Carway and Finn Valley Radio with Eddie Gallagher IZZ Radio with Stevie Dee,Tipp FM with Muriel O’Connor and Martina Staunton Loughrea Community Radio to name but a few.
Colin’s videos to compliment the songs – We’re Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight and Rose of Mooncoin have also received very positive feedback. Both can be freely viewed on “Colin Harney Music”, YouTube Channel. The Legend Brian Coll video was released at the end of April 2021 and is widely promoted on well-known SKY country music channels.
As of December 2023 We’re Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight and The Legend Brian Coll each has over 200K views.
The video to compliment the song Reach Out To Me My Friend can also be freely viewed on “Colin Harney Music”, YouTube Channel.