Hey everyone !!!
Hope you’re all having a good week wherever you are in the world and enjoying the great music on offer everywhere.
It’s all about the rain here at the moment in Ireland, summer seems to have taken a little vacation. I was listening to this song today, written by Sonny Curtis ‘Im no stranger to the rain’ which was released by Keith Whitley in 1989. Country Music duo from Co Derry Ireland covered it in 2008 and it seems only fitting that on this summers day in June whilst the rain is pelting down in Ireland that I share it with you !!
With a host of festivals and concerts planned for the summer and the beginning of Summer holidays this weekend here’s hoping the rain will go away and be a stranger if just for a few weeks !!
When I started this blog I tried to explain my concerns about mixing traditional and country music in the same blog to Stevie Connors. Some of the traditional musicians I know don’t like country music, and some country music fans aren’t fans of traditional music. I have no idea why that is to be honest??
It’s said that country music originated in folk music of working class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic, traditional ballads, cowboy songs and various musical traditions that came with immigrants from Europe to America.
I’ve said this many times, I don’t care what genre someone wants to place their song. I want to be told a story through music. With so much musical talent on offer it is necessary to play what your audience wants to hear. I am delighted to hear so many different genres being thrown into sets now. It’s refreshing and adds a little bit of diversity, although again many may disagree.
Ridiculous comments can be overheard on the scene at the moment that well known talented artists are bailing out of the country scene and moving to pop or rock music, I believe that’s a mixture of fear and jealousy. These artists have crowds hopping at gigs!! They’re the gigs I want to be at.
Just some food for thought............................Don’t bore me with the same old same old, entertain me. Country, trad, Irish, folk, pop, rock, blues, fusion.................... The beauty of music is freedom of choice and expression.
With all that said who doesn’t love an old fashioned song !!!
Niamh Lynn is one to watch in 2017. Originally from Dublin now living in Cavan with her husband and two children, Niamh has had a great 2017 so far. Her debut album ‘Sing me an old fashioned song’ reached number one on the Itunes download charts and she has received great response to singles that followed.
Originally recorded by Billie Joe Spears and also covered by Daniel O’Donnell, ‘Sing me an old fashioned song’ Written by: Slate, Johnny / Henley, Larry: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing BMI ISRC USCGJ1531211) has had over 400k hits on facebook since Niamh released it in 2015.
Niamh has always had a love affair with the 1950 Retro Style according to her management company LCM Promos. Niamh says “I’ve grown up listening to all types of music but one of my favourite singers of all time is the wonderful Patsy Cline. I loved the purity of her voice and her almost velvet tone! As a teenager, I would listen to her in my bedroom along with Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and June Carter”
Niamh claims her musical taste is quite varied; she loves the Beatles and even Doris Day but country music is where she can show her vocal ability.
Recently Niamh took to facebook to share a clip of her singing a well known classic written by Dean Dillon ‘Tenessee Whiskey’ originally performed by George Jones live from her home. What a lovely job she did as well. To see this one log onto her facebook page
Niamh’s live theatre show, ‘A Tribute to the Classic Ladies of Country music’ is a popular sell out in theatres around the country. She has opened for Nashville Country star Phil Vassar on his Irish Tour, and has performed alongside Nahtan Carter.
You can catch Niamh performing alongside Miranda Lambert, Charlie Pride and many more at the Harvest Country Music festival in Enniskillen and Westport in August, 26th – 27th.
Niamh will also be performing with Emmylou Harris at the Rendez-vous Country Festival in France in July.
Niamh can be contacted for interview at: Tel. 087-290-9960
or E-mail: email@example.com
The dance scene in Ireland has become hugely popular and successful in recent years. With dances taking place nightly across the country you will never be stuck for a venue. There are facebook pages dedicated to providing dates and venues such as Social Dancing Ireland https://www.facebook.com/socialdancingireland1/
I try to share the posts whenever they come up on my timeline
on #lovingallthingscountry facebook page.
Originally an Irish dancer, I decided I wanted to learn how to jive whilst on a country music holiday, and found a local class when I got back home. Pat and Patricia Brady hold classes in Swords Co. Dublin on a Monday night as well as at another number of locations in North Dublin. My friend and myself decided to try them out. Details can be found on
Unknown to us at the time Alley Cats Productions had decided to make a show called Stetsons and Stilettos/ Keep er Country, following the dance scene in Ireland. So it was then that I learned how to dance, only it was on national TV!! From jiving, line dancing, quick step and waltzes I soon found anyone can learn. It was great fun and a brilliant form of weekly exercise during classes. Then it was time to take our new found skills to the dance venues.
First up was the Red Cow Hotel on Thursday nights where the Dublin Country Club hosts different bands and artists throughout the year. Details can be found on https://www.facebook.com/redcowcountrydance/
We found that we loved the scene so much we ventured onwards to Johnny Brady’s music weekend in Galway where we got to dance the weekend away to Johnny and his band, along with Jim Divine, Mike Denver and Marty Mone.
The Well in Moate also has dancing weekly, and this became a regular spot on a Saturday nights details on https://www.facebook.com/The-Well-Moate-120945531302801/
Venues are great for meeting like minded music fans, dancers and dance teachers from all over the country. Amongst the many that we met along the way were Terrina and Emma from TAE’s school of Dance details of their classes can be found on
https://www.facebook.com/learntodance1/ and also Olive White who runs Cross Country Jive https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=cross%20country%20jive
The music, the dance, the people, the fashion and the craic are all brilliant at these classes and events; so why not head over to some of the pages find a venue and give it a go for yourself !! You might even be good enough to take part in many of the dance competitions some day. Regardless have fun and enjoy........
The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is a weeklong summer school in Traditional music and set dance held annually at Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. It was set up to commemorate the towns best known uilleann piper Willie Clancy, and has been running since just after his death in 1973. The idea was initiated by Clancy himself and focuses on the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal classes. In addition to classes and workshops you will also find impromptu sessions and ceilis.
There are classes in uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, concertina, fiddle, button accordion, harp, banjo, harmonica, singing and dancing.
This years 45th Summer school will take place between Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 9th 2017 with details to be found on the website
http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/about.html or for more information and queries email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are attending the summer school and want a change of scenary you can also find some country music at the Ocean Marquee from Monday 3rd-Saturday 8th July. Music from PJ Murrihy, Seamus Shannon, Olivia Douglas, Brendan Shine Band, Phlomena Begley, Susan McCann, Patrick Roche Band, Patrick and Conor O’Sullivan and a few more. Jive classes also available daily.
Details on www.armadahotel.com
Following are a few venues and dates for your diaries over the coming week or two.
Have fun !
The McWilliam Park Hotel
Clarmorris, Co. Mayo
9th July Gerry Guthrie,
14th July John McNicholl.
Allingham Arms Hotel
Bundoran, Co Donegal
hosts Robert Mizzell 1st July,
Paul Kelly 2nd July,
Michael English 8th July
and Mike Denver 9th July,
The Indians 10th July,
Mick Flavin 11th July.
The Well in Moate
Declan Nerney 1st July
official opening of the outdoor dance floor with Robert Mizzell and John Molloy 2nd July.
Shane Owens 8th July,
Cliona Hagan 15 July,
Patrick Feeney 21st July
Mick Flavin 22nd July
Racket Hall Hotel
Roscrea Co Tipperary.
Gerry Guthrie 1st July, John McNicholl 8th July, Jimmy Buckley 15th July.
The Lisdoo Bar and Restaurant
Dundalk 00353 43 9334829
1st July Paul Kelly,
8th July Robert Mizzell,
22nd July Gerry Guthrie
Killarney, Co Kerry.
an evening in concert with Michael English with special guest Brendan Shine 22nd July.
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th Jull Country Music Weekend with Dominic Kirwin, Jimmy Buckley, Gerry Guthrie, Patrick Feeney, Derek Ryan, Robert Mizzell. Package available.
2nd July Patrick Feeney,
9th July Michael English.
2nd July Michael Collins, Derek Ryan, Stuart Moyles.
Harvest Country Music Festival
26th and 27th August,
Enniskillen and Westport.
Miranda Lambert, Charley Pride, Nathan Carter and over 40 artists.
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.