Hey everyone and greetings from Dublin, Ireland.
I hope wherever you are in the world that you’re enjoying the news from Ireland’s Music scene. Thank you all for your fantastic feedback to date; please keep the comments, messages, photos and emails coming!!!
The school Summer Holidays started last week in Ireland so this week I ventured to Cork in the South of Ireland for a little break with the kiddies. As always I tried to continue sharing as many dates and details of upcoming events on the #lovingallthingscountry Face book Page.
Thankfully we had a great time. Little did I think I would be returning to Cork so quickly, but when I received a call to attend a Live at the Marquee Event, of course I jumped at the opportunity. Nathan Carter plays there this Saturday, along with Jake Carter and Ruaile Buaile. Not only will I be going to the gig I will be doing a little bit of work at it........ More to come on that next week.
On the three hour drive home to Dublin I was thinking about the amount of events, festivals and weekends away coming up, both here and abroad. So this week I thought I’d share details of some of those events with you. I’ll provide links so that you can find out more details if you want to book onto any of these trips. They are all equally amazing featuring lots of Country Music Stars. You are guaranteed a great time whichever one you choose !!! Why don’t you drop me a mail on Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which one you will be going to? Oh and don’t forget to send some photos for me to share.
So far I’m booked to go to one of the biggest events of the summer in Ireland at the end of August and I’ll also be returning to Spain at the end of September.
The countdown is on #countrymusicontour #harvestcountrymusicfestival
The countdown is on for one of Irelands biggest Country Music Festivals of 2017, and to say I’m excited is an understatement.
1 weekend – 26th & 27th August
2 venues – Westport House and Enniskillen Airport
4 stages and over 40 artists
This event is brought to you by Aiken Promotions and more details can be found on http://www.harvestcountrymusicfestival.com/index.html
THE LINE-UP FOR WESTPORT WILL BE:-
Saturday 26 August: HEADLINE ARTIST - NATHAN CARTER
Plus KIP MOORE, DAN + SHAY, THE SHIRES, JAKE CARTER, CATHERINE McGRATH, COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS, Logan Brill, Jarrod Dickenson, All Our Exes Live in Texas with more to be added….
Sunday 27 August: HEADLINE ARTIST - MIRANDA LAMBERT
Plus CHARLEY PRIDE, MADDIE & TAE, WARD THOMAS, MO PITNEY, SAM PALLADIO, UNA HEALY, DONNA TAGGART, HURRICANE HIGHWAY, CLIONA HAGAN, LEE MATTHEWS, FRANKIE DAVIES, NIAMH LYNN, RIAH BUTLER with more to be added….
THE LINE-UP FOR Enniskillen WILL BE:
Saturday 26th August: HEADLINE ARTIST - MIRANDA LAMBERT
Plus CHARLEY PRIDE, MADDIE & TAE, WARD THOMAS, MO PITNEY, SAM PALLADIO, UNA HEALY, DONNA TAGGART, HURRICANE HIGHWAY, CLIONA HAGAN, LEE MATTHEWS, FRANKIE DAVIES, NIAMH LYNN, RIAH BUTLER with more to be added…
Sunday 27th August HEADLINE ARTIST - NATHAN CARTER
Plus KIP MOORE, DAN + SHAY, THE SHIRES, JAKE CARTER, CATHERINE McGRATH, COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS with more to be added….
Weekend & Day Tickets for HARVEST 2017 Country Music Festivals available now from:-
All Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide 24hr Credit Card Bookings:- 0844 277 4455 (NI) 0818 719300 (ROI) Book on line www.ticketmaster.ie
This event is going to be Epic and I can’t wait to go!!! Get your tickets fast to avoid disappointment
Next up is Paul Claffey tours.
Paul Claffey Tours host dancing weekends home and abroad, and they are a firm favourite with fans and artists alike. The four day music extravaganza at the Slieve Russell Hotel September 2017 in Cavan has sold out already, and features a host of stars such as Mike Denver, Michael English, Declan Nerney, Jimmy Buckley, Gerry Guthrie, Brendan Shine, Robert Mizzell and Sean Wilson.
This event has been so popular bookings are already being taken for Galway January 2018, Killarney February 2018 or Westport in April 2018. Best check out details on http://www.paulclaffeytours.com/index.html for details to avoid disappointment.
If you would prefer a bit of sun whilst listening to all your favourite music, Claffey Tours also have trips to Spain and Portugal. This year a host of stars provided a great weeks entertainment in June 2017. There will be two weeks to choose from in 2018, details below. June 2017 was SO good word spread and Portugal is now SOLD out as well. Guests will stay at the luxurious 5 star Santa Eulalia Hotel just outside Albufeira from October 2nd-9th 2017, and will be treated to music from Mike Denver, Michael English, Brendan Shine, Dominic Kirwan, Keith & Lorraine, The Conquerors, Shaun O’Dowd, Gerry Guthrie and Barry Kirwan. There will also be comedy from Conal Gallen.
Again if you want to book onto any of Paul Claffey tours contact them quickly via the above links to avoid disappointment in 2018.
Carter on the Costa 2017 is brought to you by Enjoy Travel. Last year guests were treated to music and dance from early morning to late at night. It was THAT good I didn’t make it onto the plane home before booking for September 2017!!
This year Nathan will be joined by Cliona Hagan, Gerry Guthrie, Lisa McHugh, Philomena Begley, Johnny Brady, Barry Kirwan, Shane Owens, Hugo Duncan, Jake Carter, Stuart Moyles, Nicky James and many more. Last year you could also catch a bit of trad and folk from All Folkd Up, who we featured on the blog a few weeks ago.
Although I didn’t get much sleep and needed a holiday after this trip last year, it was worth every second. I listened to very talented artists, sang along to lots of music, danced all week, met some fantastic people, and had a brilliant holiday. One to consider for this year and I think there might be one or two remaining places if you hurry up and book.
Details of this trip can be found on http://www.enjoytravel.co.uk/package/nathan-carter-on-the-costa/
Enjoy travel offer holidays in Spain, Portugal, Ibiza and England. Folk, Trad and Country, so why not head over to their website and have a look at what suits your tastes and dates http://www.enjoytravel.co.uk/
I’m running out of space now so will leave you with this amazing trip brought to you by Keep it Country TV and Joe Walsh Tours. From 10th October -20th October Keep it Country are travelling to Texas, Louisiana, Memphis and Nashville, and I am extremely jealous of anyone lucky enough to be going !!!
Join Phil Mack and his guests Leanne Hallier, Shauna McStravock, Ben Troy and Sara Jory on this amazing tour, which will be led by Deirdre Grant from Joe Walsh Tours.
The tour commences in Fort Worth, Texas, where you will visit Southfork Ranch. This is where the TV series ‘Dallas’ was filmed. Travelling on through Texas you will visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the grave of the late great Jim Reeves. In Louisiana you will visit Shreveport where Elvis played the Louisiana Hayride. From there you will head to Memphis and visit Graceland, and Dyass, Arkansas and the childhood home of Johnny Cash. Then it’s on to Nashville for five days and nights. There you will get to visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, and Sara Jory has been invited to play with Alan Jackson’s band.
This trip sounds amazing, I keep saying someday I’ll make it to Nashville !!
Spaces are filling up fast so avoid disappointment by calling 00353 1 2410800
SO much happening on the music scene trying to share all the dates is near impossible!!! Make sure to check the websites for details.
I hope you make it to one or two and enjoy .......
The McWilliam Park Hotel, Clarmorris, Co. Mayo http://www.mcwilliampark.ie/ 9th July Gerry Guthrie, 14th July John McNicholl, 25th July Patrick Feeney
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal www.allinghamarmshotel.ie Michael English 8th July and Mike Denver 9th July, The Indians 10th July, Mick Flavin 11th July, 12th Jimmy Buckley
The Well in Moate www.thewellmoate.com Shane Owens 8th July, Cliona Hagan 15 July, Patrick Feeney 21st July and Mick Flavin 22nd July
Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea Co Tipperary. www.rackethallhotel.com John McNicholl 8th July, Jimmy Buckley 15th July, Robert Mizzell 22nd July.
The Lisdoo Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk 00353 43 9334829 8th July Robert Mizzell, 22nd July Gerry Guthrie
INEC, Killarney, Co Kerry. www.inec.ie an evening in concert with Michael English with special guest Brendan Shine 22nd July.
Live at the Marquee, Saturday 8th July, Nathan Carter, Jake Carter, Ruaile Buaile details on http://www.nathancartermusic.com/
Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. www.abbeyhoteldonegal.com Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July Country Music Weekend with Dominic Kirwin, Jimmy Buckley, Gerry Guthrie, Patrick Feeney, Derek Ryan, Robert Mizzell. Package available.
The Hillgrove, Monaghan 9th July Michael English, 16th July Lisa McHugh
Sheerwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.
Mourne Country Hotel Derek Ryan 8th July.
Harvest Country Music Festival www.harvestcountrymusicfestival.com 26th and 27th August, Enniskillen and Westport. Miranda Lambert, Charley Pride, Nathan Carter and over 40 artists.
So many fantastic events to look forward to!!
Have a great time whichever one you make it to.
Before I go I’d just like to send out a Big Happy Birthday Message to the very talented Gary Gamble! #everyoneschattingaboutyou I hope you had a great one Gary, catch you at an event soon. In the coming weeks I hope to have a piece on Gary to share with you all, definitely one you should go see if he appears near you.
Unfortunately that’s all from me for this week, as always savour every musical note, listen to the story in every song and enjoy every magical musical journey that comes your way.