03 October 2005

Roger Ryan's Country Cuts

Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland sends the following country music news:

Official Publication of the Country Music Association Of Ireland. 
( Founded January 1969. )
Country Cuts APRIL 2014.
The C2C Country to Country 2014 Festival has entertained 50,000 country fans who packed out The O2 In London and O2 Dublin recently. The 2015 festival will take place on the weekend of 7th and 8th of March. After the phenomenal success of Country To Country Ireland, Dublin will also play host to the festival the same dates in 2015. Announcement of full talent bill will be later in the year along with more exciting announcements about the development of Country to Country.  Eager London gig-goers were able to get their hands on early bird tickets for next year’s festival - from 9am on Friday 21st March.  More information on tickets for Dublin will be released in due course.  C2C 2014 saw megastars Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley and Country Queen Martina McBride (London only) performing.  For London C2C Country to Country 2015 tickets will be available on Friday at 9am from the following:  HYPERLINK "http://www.axs.com/c2c" www.axs.com/c2c / 08448 24 48 24 and  HYPERLINK "http://www.gigsandtours.com" www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051.  
Louise Morrissey & Billy Yates have joined forces to record a single As Gaeilge called 'Buiochas Do Dhia Ar Do Shon'('Thank God For You').This is a unique recording and one that's never been done before. Yes, several Nashville artists have sung songs about Ireland - but never actually ‘As Gaeilge’!  But Billy Yates has gone one better and following a recent appearance on TG 4 TV where he sang as gaeilge also, he has now teamed up with one of our leading female singers Louise Morrissey to record a duet of a brand new Irish song. Billy was a featured artist on TG4’s ‘Opry an Iuir’ in 2013 and is a regular visitor to Ireland where he has performed with Roly Daniels, Robert Mizzell, Collin Raye and many of Ireland’s top country artists.
In just seven days country singer Derek Ryan jumped straight into the Irish charts at number five with his Live CD, ‘The Entertainer’.  The album was recorded during one of Derek’s many sell out shows, as part of his 2013 concert series. Shortly after the recording, Derek released The Entertainer LIVE DVD, which was a huge seller among country fans. After the success of the DVD and with huge demand the Live CD was released recently.  The Entertainer could have made it to number one without a doubt, but with such strong competition and huge names in competition that week for the top spot, it is a fantastic achievement to make it so close to the coveted position in the charts.   

‘The Entertainer’ is the fifth album from the man that has been named ‘Performer Of The Year’ by The Sunday World, and it’s not surprising that it is on its way to being his biggest seller! The live album includes hits such as “Its Friday”, “God’s Plan” and “Wake Me Up”.    ‘Derek Ryan The Entertainer Live!’ CD is now on release from Sharpe Music or via iTunes download.    Derek will be headlining at the Olympia Theatre this year on the 17th July, which is set to be his biggest gig yet. Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster.
Rackhouse Pilfer from Sligo are quickly carving out quite a name for themselves on the Irish music scene. Following earlier appearances at the Rockies Club, they are back in Cork again for an appearance at the Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, on April 2nd and the White Horse, Ballincollig on April 3rd. If you feel like having a good night out, then catch Rackhouse Pilfer in action.
Don Williams isn't quite finished with the road yet it would appear because he is booked to appear at three venues in Ireland in May and they are,  22nd. Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 23rd. Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and 24th. Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
Cork based band, Strictly Cash will be bringing their show, The Story & Songs of Johnny Cash, to Kilshannig Community Hall (Glantane, just outside Mallow), on Sat 12th April. Their latest song, Wild Horses, is generating interest in parts of the US, and for this recording the boys enlisted the aid of Cash's previous bass player Dave Roe.

Music Master Promotions will present the biggest Country Music Jamboree event of the year at the fabulous Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny Co. Donegal.  This high profile event takes place on the 28th and 29th of June 2014 when the creme d' la crème  of top country music icons present their country music talents on three different stages. Joining the elite in country music will be such names as, Derek Ryan, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady, Gerry Guthrie, Jimmy Buckley, Philomena Begley, Justin Mc Gurk, Jim Devine  and Lee Matthews.  This is just a small sample of talent as there are almost fifty artistes taking part in this monster event. This is easily the biggest production to take place in this part of Co. Donegal this year and truly represents great value  for money as daily tickets are priced at only €30.00 with a full weekend pass costing only €50.00 Three stages will be used to present this showcase of country music .
The 2014 Annual Irish Steel Guitar Festival will take place on the weekend of 18th and 19th October at the Green Isle Hotel, Newland's Cross, Dublin. Full list of artists will be announced later. This has proved to be a very popular event every year and always features a top American steel player as the star attraction.
Rattlesnake Annie is heading our way for an Irish tour in July which will include some appearances in the Cork area. More news on this next month.
The forthcoming appearance of Nathan Carter at the Cork Opera House on Sat. April 26th, is probably sold out by now, but maybe it's worth checking with the box office if you still need a ticket. Nathan is now one of the hottest acts on the Irish circuit and is continuall playing to packed houses, which is good news for the country music scene generally.
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON announces the 'Blue Smoke World Tour' will travel across the pond in 2014 for June and July concerts in Europe hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway, as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed 'An Evening With…Dolly' (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified GOLD by the RIAA. 
“Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago.  I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton.  “We always have such a good time and I’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love.  We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not.  If they’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.”  In 2011, Dolly continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career—The Better Day World Tour! During the 2011 tour, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people.  Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.
Some of the tour dates and venues are below, for ticket and on-sale information please check with your local market.  HYPERLINK "http://websterpr.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bf141dbbd818f4f933816b13a&id=d6eba55bff&e=fa344c0bc5" www.livenation.co.uk  HYPERLINK "http://websterpr.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bf141dbbd818f4f933816b13a&id=52691962f5&e=fa344c0bc5" www.ticketmaster.co.uk.   June 8th      England, Liverpool, Echo Arena, June 10th    Northern Ireland, Belfast, Odyssey Arena, June 11th    Ireland, Dublin, O2 Arena, June 12th    Ireland, Cork, Live At The Marquee.



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