Hometown (band)

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HomeTown
Hometown (band) 2015.jpg
HomeTown in 2015. Clockwise from left: Dayl Cronin, Cian Morrin, Ryan McLoughlin, Brendan Murray, Josh Gray and Dean Gibbons.
Background information
Origin Ireland
Genres Pop
Years active 2014–2016
Labels RCA Records
Website wearehometown.com
Members
  • Dayl Cronin
  • Dean Gibbons
  • Josh Gray
  • Brendan Murray
  • Cian Morrin
  • Ryan McLoughlin
Past members
  • Gareth Borrow

HomeTown were a six-piece Irish boy band, formed and managed by Louis Walsh. They were signed to RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment UK. The six-piece vocal group were made up of singers from the four corners of Ireland. Walsh auditioned a thousand young hopefuls for his latest pop endeavour and spent over a year whittling the numbers down until he finally settled on 5 members. Dean was the only member lucky enough to not have to endure the long audition process. HomeTown consisted of Cian Morrin, Dayl Cronin, Dean Gibbons, Josh Gray, Ryan McLoughlin and Brendan Murray. The band quickly rose to fame with 300 fans at a small concert in Kilkenny,Ireland.They had very little publication before this so it was surprise to the members as they did not expect this.

The band had supported some well-known artists in the past two years. HomeTown opened for Olly Murs in Ireland in April 2015, supported The Vamps in Ireland and throughout the UK in 2016 and also supported McBusted in 2015.

Members[edit]

  • Brendan Murray (born 16 November 1996, 21 years old), Murray represented Ireland in the Eurovision in 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine, but failed to qualify for the grand final.
  • Dayl Cronin (born 8 December 1993, 24 years old) Cronin started own dance school in longs yard, tower street, cork.
  • Dean Gibbons (born 17 February 1994, 24 years old)
  • Josh Gray (born 28 March 1997, 21 years old)
  • Ryan McLoughlin (born 27 January 1994, 24 years old) McLoughlin released single 'Nobody like You' on 25 August 2017.
  • Cian Morrin (born 2 October 1994, 23 years old)

Career[edit]

Early Beginnings[edit]

The band was originally composed of five members, Gareth Borrow (Derry), Ryan McLoughlin (Newbridge), Brendan Murray (Galway), Cian Morrin (Castlebar) and Dayl Cronin (Clonmel). They were picked out of a thousand applicants for a band project by Walsh.[1] Borrow was later removed from the band and Walsh brought in two new members; Josh Gray (Blessington) and Dean Gibbons (Tallaght), turning HomeTown into a six piece band.[2]

2014–16: Debut album[edit]

Their first single, "Where I Belong", debuted at number one in Ireland, becoming the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. The single was written by Kodaline. The band's second single, "Cry for Help", was released on 27 March 2015 in Ireland. The song also reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart. The band began a signing tour around Ireland shortly after. They released their first single "Where I Belong" in the UK on 24 July 2015, with an impact date of 4 September 2015.[3][4] On 23 October 2015, Hometown released the third single "The Night We Met" off of their debut album. It was written by Liam Payne of One Direction and Jamie Scott. On 20 November 2015, HomeTown released their self-titled debut album, which debuted at number 4 on the Irish Albums Chart. In August 2016, the band released "Roses" as the fourth and final single from the album.[5][6] In October 2016, the band had made their European debut in Madrid, Spain, where they played to a sold out Barclaycard Center at the festival Coca-Cola Music Experience alongside other acts such as Meghan Trainor and Bea Miller. In December 2016, Hometown announced that they would be taking a break from music to pursue individual projects.[7]

On 16 December 2016, Brendan Murray was announced as the Irish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[8]

In January 2017, Dayl Cronin took part in the Irish version of Dancing With the Stars.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
IRE
[9]
HomeTown
  • Released: 20 November 2015
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
4

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
IRL
[9]
"Where I Belong" 2014 1 HomeTown
"Cry for Help" 2015 1
"The Night We Met" 59
"Roses" 2016
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Tour[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Sense Club, Cookstown – 29 May 2015
  • Open Air Theatre, Scarborough – 20 June 2015
  • Bents Park, South Shields – 12 July 2015 – (2pm)
  • Westonbirt Arbertoreum, Tetbury – 12 July 2015 – (8pm)
  • Delapre Park, London – 17 July 2015
  • Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh – 18 July 2015
  • Feile Party in the Park (matinee), Belfast – 2 August 2015
  • Greencastle Community Centre (evening), Donegal – 2 August 2015
  • Culloville Community Centre, Newry – 7 August 2015
  • Lytham Green, Lytham – 8 August 2015
  • Vicar Street, Dublin – 21 August 2015
  • Opera House, Cork – 12 September 2015
  • UCH, Limerick – 13 September 2015
  • Seapoint, Galway – 26 September 2015
  • Great Northern, Bundoran – 23 October 2015
  • Clanard Court, Kildare – 25 October 2015
  • Headfort Arms, Kells – 26 October 2015
  • Tullamore Court, County Offaly – 27 October 2015
  • TLT Theatre, Louth – 28 October 2015
  • Minella, Clonmel – 31 October 2015
  • O'Connell Street, Dublin – 29 November 2015
  • Vicar Street, Dublin – 4 December 2015
  • Mount Errigal, Letterkenny – 27 December 2015
  • Claremorris Town Hall, Claremorris – 28 December 2015
  • Breffni Arms, Arvagh – 29 December 2015
  • Clarnard Court, Kildare – 1 January 2016
  • Radisson Athlone, Athlone – 2 January 2016
  • INEC, Kerry – 3 January 2016
  • Mcgettigans, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 17 March 2016 – (5pm)
  • Mcgettigans JLT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17 March 2016 – (9pm)
  • Jersey Opera House, Jersey Channel Islands – 21 May 2016
  • Jacksons Hotel, Donegal – 30 December 2016– Cancelled

Supporting[edit]

Other gigs[edit]

  • Childline (2014)
  • Coca-Cola Music Experience (2016)
  • Beaulieu Convent School, Jersey Channel Islands (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Louis Walsh picks Derry's Gareth for new boy band". derryjournal.com. 
  2. ^ "Hometown: Some people ask us for photos and then say we'll keep this for when you're famous". 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Ellwood, Pip (18 July 2015). "HomeTown release UK version of Where I Belong video". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Irish boyband HomeTown hit No 1 spot". RTÉ News. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "HomeTown release new song "Roses"". Listen Here Reviews. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "HomeTown releases its new single "Roses"". Celeb Mix. August 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Irish band HomeTown split to pursue individual journeys". Hot Press. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (16 December 2016). "Ireland: Brendan Murray will sing at Eurovision 2017". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. 
  9. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography HomeTown". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 

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