Northern Ireland

Community in 'shock' following death of popular folk musician in Co Armagh crash

Barry Mohan, of folk group All Folk'd Up, died followng a crash in Co Armagh on Monday morning.
Barry Mohan, of folk group All Folk'd Up, died followng a crash in Co Armagh on Monday morning.

A folk musician who died in a road collision in Co Armagh has been remembered for his "love of music" and stage presence.

Co Tyrone man Barry Mohan, a vocalist and guitar player with All Folk'd Up, died following the crash between his car and a lorry on the Monaghan Road near the village of Middletown shortly before 6am on Monday.

Part of the road remained closed to motorists, and police have urged witnesses or those with dash-cam footage to contact them.

Mr Mohan, a father-of-one in his 20s from Aughnacloy, was due to begin a tour this week with bandmates, with English gigs scheduled for Manchester, London, Birmingham and Leeds.

He had returned from a tour of the US last month in which the band performed at venues in cities including New York and Boston.

The band, which includes his older brother and lead singer Pauric Mohan, confirmed the upcoming gigs have been cancelled.

Describing Mr Mohan as a "talented musician", a spokesperson for the band's PR firm paid tribute to his love of performing their mix of classic Irish folk music and rock.

"Barry was an integral part of the band’s success," they said.

"His energy and enthusiasm was always evident on stage and will be sadly missed on the local music scene."

"We have worked with Barry over the last number of years, and it was apparent that his talent, his professionalism on and off stage, his love for music, and his drive and determination for the band was always there, with a smile on his face."

They added: "We extend our deepest sympathy to Pauric, his mother Marina, his daughter Céala Rose, fellow band members Ryan, Paddy and Szymon and his entire family circle."

Mid Ulster SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer said the community was in "shock" following the musician's death.

"Barry was from a well-known and well-loved family and we are devastated at this very sad news. Our hearts go out to them today," she told The Irish News.

On Saturday, Barry had performed a solo set at a bar in Armagh for members of St Brenda's Camogie Club Ballymacnab following their senior championship final defeat against Granemore GFC.

A spokesperson for St Brenda's said: "When our spirits were down after a county final defeat, he played amongst us on Saturday evening and raised them until we were singing with him and raising the roof.

"That's how we'll remember Barry - someone who brought joy through his love of music. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, band mates and friends. May his soul rest in peace."