So here it is......
the first #LOVINGALLTHINGSCOUNTRYANDTRAD blog !!!
My name is Deirdre and I am delighted and privileged to be joining the Blues and Roots Radio team to share as much as I can from the Country, Trad and Folk music scene in Ireland.
I used to spend hours on end lost on social media catching up with all things Country, and I mean hours !! It seemed such a shame not to share my findings with others, so The Loving All Things Country Facebook page was set up as a result #sharingiscaring after all. The page is updated daily with all things relating to the Irish Country Music Scene, feel free to head over and check it out.
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If I was to be honest, I have procrastinated something terrible over the last few weeks about this first blog, I’m sure poor Stevie Connors nerves aren’t the better of it....apologies Stevie !
I love music, singing, song writing, any genre, anytime anywhere, so knowing where to start became an issue. I just couldn’t choose who to start with............
The immediate plan is to share as much as possible on a weekly basis, anything goes really. From the latest news, single releases, gig guides, festival dates, trips in Ireland and abroad, venue profiles, dance venues, social dance classes throughout Ireland, artist profiles, links to videos, charts and of course as many interviews as I can get !! There will also be a link to a calendar where I will log as many events as I can. The blog will be varied from Country to Folk to Trad, please be patient and remember there is only so much time and so much blog space!
A fan area will be up and running shortly, where photos will be shared and people can chat and comment on posts. There’s no set format to this blog so please send me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s something in particular you would like more information on.
I hope you enjoy what is to come in the future and I look forward to hearing from you all.
In the meantime I’ll leave you with these words from Plato
‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything’
So on that note let’s start sharing #lovingallthingscountryandtrad from Ireland with the world #sharingiscaring
Music festivals and weekends away have become a regular occurrence in Ireland with events happening weekly. So far this year fans have been treated to the Jamboree in the Park in Fintona, Jamboree Letterkenny, Country fest in Monaghan, The Wild West Country Fest in Kilconly, Tuam as well as dancing weekends in hotels across the country and beyond. There are countless music festivals to look forward to over the course of the summer with lots of music song and dance; therefore lots of dates for your diary so best get planning.
I have no idea how these artists keep going travelling the length and breadth of Ireland to entertain the masses, but fair play to them as I know from experience that they each give 200% at every show regardless.
You will be spoiled for choice this June Bank Holiday weekend with a variety of things happening on the Country Music Scene. The Cowboys and Heroes Country Music and Americana Festival kicks off Friday 2nd and continues until Monday 5th June in Drumcoura City, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. This is a unique festival set in an amazing location beside a beautiful lake. The saloon and indoor arena will host a variety of competitions in song and dance in addition to some of the most talented singers and musicians to be found on Irelands Country Music Scene. There will be something on offer for everyone, a children’s play area, American car show, horse demonstration, line dancing and much more.
The 2017 line up includes the following: Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Declan Nerney, Michael English, Robert Mizzell, Patrick Feeney, Johnny Brady, Lisa McHugh, Ritchie Remo, Cliona Hagan, Keegan McInroe, Lou Rosgen, and Shauna McStravock to name a few. Head over to the website www.cowboysandheroes.ie or to the Facebook page for more details.
Also happening this weekend is the Sheerin Family Shindig. This event takes place on Monday June 5th at The Lumber Shack, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath and is sure to be another fantastic day out. The line up includes the following: Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Lisa McHugh, Matt Leavy, Olivia Douglas, Dan and Mary Sheerin. There will be a kids entertainment play area and food and bar facilities on site. For more information head over to the Sheerin Shindig Facebook Page.
The Balllyroan Festival is happening on 3rd and 4th of June at Ballyroan GAA club in Ballyroan, Co Laois. Details of this indoor marquee event can be found on Ballyroan 2017 Facebook page. The line up includes Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Cliona Hagan and Lisa McHugh. Facebook
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Ok so I promised you a profile area each week and I agonized over who to start with. There is so much talent in Ireland at the moment and I would never say that one artist is better than another. Music is a personal choice and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Each one is unique and has something to offer.
Country Music singers and musicians in Ireland are very generous about sharing their music and send new releases to radio shows before their release. I have received music from the next two acts over the last while along with many others I hasten to add so let me introduce to you #Barrykirwan and #Hurricanehighway
Barry Kirwan hails from Omagh in Co Tyrone and is part of a very musical family. Son of the talented Dominic Kirwan, Brother of Colm (Nashville), and Jonathon (Glasgow), Barry studied in London and worked with many artists including Lisa McHugh and Derek Ryan as a drummer and backing vocalist, he has also spent time in Nashville.
In February 2016 Barry decided to pursue his own solo career and released his first solo single, “Keep it in the middle of the road” which was taken from his debut album “New Beginnings” released in June 2016. “Up the Jive” co written with his brother Colm followed in June 2016.
There is no stopping this talented young artist who can be found at different venues across the country on a weekly basis, he recently performed at the Country to Country Weekend which took place in March at the Three Arena Dublin.
Barry’s latest single release “She only loves me for my Willie” caused a stir for some fans on social media due to its title and the fact that it was released around April Fool’s Day. A brilliant song based on a Girls love for her man and his Tribute Act to Willie Nelson, well worth a listen.
I’ve met Barry at a number of venues this year, and in my opinion he is a genuinely nice, friendly, talented young artist with a bright future ahead. You can follow Barry on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to put some of his upcoming dates in your diary. You won’t be disappointed ! Visit him on Facebook
Hurricane Highway, fronted by Ed Holland are an exciting Irish Band featuring an American style of Country Rock. Formed in 2014 they released their first single “Your Man” followed by “Yeah” which were both very well received by audiences nationwide. “Keep them Kisses Coming” was a great success for the band and the YouTube video has exceeded 2 million hits and continues to grow.
The first song I heard performed by the band was “Hey Pretty Girl”, and they gained my attention straight away. Such a beautiful song which features an older gentleman reminiscing on his life gone by, a bit of a tear jerker to be honest but I absolutely loved it.
Hurricane Highway released their new album “Exposed” in April 2017, featuring 11 songs including 7 single releases. In my opinion it is definitely one for the collection.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting up with the band just yet but hope to do so shortly. Details of upcoming gigs can be found on their Facebook Page
I promised you a little trad and folk as well and who better to start with than this brilliant young band “All Folk’d up”. The band was formed by lead singer and banjo player Pauric Mohan in 2009, who is joined by Daniel Doyle on Flute and Whistles, along with Stephen McElvogue on Guitar and Szymon Dwulat on drums.
All Folk’d ups sound is rooted deep in Irish Folk and Celtic Rock, they will take you on a fabulous journey into the depths of traditional Irish Music and American Folk as well as Rock and Modern Classics.
I had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the band last September on the Costa Del Sol, where they played on Nathan Carters week long Carter on the Costa Tour. A very talented group I have to say, who had crowds dancing and singing along both poolside and into the early hours of the morning. The lads have recently finished their UK 2017 tour where they played to sell out crowds every night. Why not check out their facebook page or website for upcoming dates, you wont be disappointed !!
The country music world lost one of its well known singers and musicians this week as Noel Cassidy passed away.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at his parish church to say farewell to the man, who was described by the Longford Leader “as one of the wittiest men in Co. Longford”.
The chief celebrant Fr Hogan told how “Noels life was bound up in music and entertainment going as far back as the 1970s with his first band Wagon Masters”. Fr Hogan described Noels life as “mostly about song, music and storytelling” and told how “music was his passion and while he had other interests too, none of them were to the same extent as the music”.
Noel will be sadly missed by many. May he rest in peace and continue to sing loud and proud from beyond.
Sometimes it is easy to forget those who work behind the scenes and it becomes all about the artist on stage. Behind every artist is a hard working team of musicians, management, and many more people who support the artist weekly. Then there are the DJs and TV presenters who bring artists music to the airwaves on a regular basis. I hope to bring some news and interviews with some of these people over the coming months, as without them sometimes the show wouldn’t go on.
On this note I want to send a get well message to Howard Myers who is recovering from major surgery at the moment. Howard works in the music industry as a DJ and playing music in many dance halls around Ireland during the week. He also runs a weekly dance alongside Kathy Cullinan at Morans Red Cow Hotel, which plays hosts to all the biggest names in the Irish Country Music scene. Before the main act comes on stage Howard plays lots of tunes for the audience to dance along to.
Howard has been an absolute gentleman to me over the last few months, providing an interview for radio, along with information on upcoming acts performing at the Thursday nights venue. Howard has a long road to recovery ahead of him but with the support of his loving family and friends I’m sure he will be back in the Red Cow every Thursday playing tunes before the main act comes on stage.
Get well soon Howard we miss you already !
#Happy Birthday !!
Last week on 28th May, one of Irelands biggest Country Music Stars celebrated his 27th Birthday by playing to a sold out concert at the London Palladium. I would like to extend Happy Birthday wishes to Nathan Carter and look forward to catching up with him for an interview soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed #lovingallthingscountryandtrad this week and get to experience some of the great events mentioned. Next week’s blog will focus on some Folk/Trad festivals and events. I hope to bring you an interview with ‘The Black Axles’ following their debut performance of Bluegrass and Country Music at Kavanaghs Bar on 27th May, there will be some more profiles, along with some country music news/events and some venue reviews.
Until then remember #sharingiscaring so please get in touch
via email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what is happening in your area so we can share events with the rest of the world.