From Chart to Country
As I write this blog I notice how many Artists start off maybe in the chart music scene and eventually they blend in to the Country Scene, Artists that come to mind include Taylor Swift, Una Healey and more recently Niall Horan penning a song with a country feel to it. As I say here every week it goes to show that the Country Scene is strong and infectious and it pulls you in, there is a great feel and sound to the Music. So in this blog as usual we look at the latest goings on, We will also look at Niall Horan and Una Healey’s adventures in to the Country scene and of course look at one particular artist in our spotlight section. And speaking of Niall Horan earlier:
The Opry shows on TG4 have a new home this season. After five years in Newry, the current series was recorded in the city where the Foyle waters flow. Opry Dhoire is hosted by Daniel O’Donnell and Lynette Fay and all associated with the venture are thrilled with how things have turned out after a hectic week in Derry.
The series got underway last Tuesday night (7 November) with a special tribute show to the late Larry Cunningham from Co Longford. Philomena Begley, Hugo Duncan, Declan Nerney and Mike Denver came together on stage to celebrate Larry’s life, achievements and his contribution to Irish country music throughout his long career.
Mick Flavin Mary Duff. Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin from Connemara are amoung the acts to appear along with:
Una Healy (of the band The Saturdays) returning to her country roots. She will perform tracks from her new country album, The Waiting Game. Moya Brennan of Clannad joins Una on stage to perform a song, and Una and Daniel perform a special duet.
John McNicholl and Niamh Lynn team up to headline the fifth show of the series on 5 December.
Brian Coll, Frankie McBride, Dickie Rock and Susan McCann each have their own quarter on this night as they perform some of their favourite songs from over the years. Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh from Donegal
The Opry Dhoire series ends with the Big Tom celebration starring the legendary Tom McBride himself.
You can see the Opry Dhoire shows go out on TG4 at 9.30pm on Tuesday nights.
Paddy on track
Kilkenny man Paddy Fitzpatrick has composed some fine songs over the years. His latest song, Sandy, was inspired by a young artist he saw painting a depiction of The Last Supper on a sidewalk in Kilkenny. The man from Tullaroan has performed at numerous shows over the years and his own nights in the Set Theatre in Kilkenny always draw a great crowd and i was delighted to feature Paddy’s song on the show two weeks ago.