These are renaissance days for Simon Casey. The Offaly man has enjoyed a surge in popularity in 2018 including a performance at the Women and Ag Conference 2018, 15 years after he first became a national name on the circuit when he reached the final of the RTÉ You’re A Star in 2003.

Recent days saw him perform for Juan Manual Santos, the former president of Colombia and a Nobel Peace Laureate who was in Ireland to accept the Tipperary Peace Award at a gala evening in the Excel Theatre in Tipperary Town.