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 january 2015.
Lana Gibson may be a relative newcomer on the Irish music scene, but following the release of her debut single Crazy Arms, which is receiving extensive airplay on local and national radio, I have no doubt it won't be very long before she becomes an established name in Irish country music circles. Lana and her band will make their debut appearance at the popular Rockies Club in Cork on Saturday January 29th where they will provide the music for what promises to be a great night's dancing and a good way to kick off the New Year.

The 16th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend will take place from January 15th - 19th. Almost all music genres are being catered for, from classical to jazz with seventy events in fifteen venues in Bunratty Village and Sixmilebridge. The list of bands booked for the bluegrass section alone is impressive: Special Consensus (USA),Niall Toner Band, JigJam, Cool Hand Dukes (country/ blues), Boat Band (UK; cajun), Pat & Ricky Kelleher, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Chris Dolimore (acoustic blues),John Nyhan & Friends. Further acts include orchestral music, a cappella singing, Morris dance, jazz, flamenco, and of course Irish traditional music.

Following his sensational appearnce last year, country singing sensation NATHAN CARTER will return to Cork to play a date at the Live At The Marquee on Sunday 21 June. Born on 28May 1990, Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool growing up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks  originating from Newry in County Down.Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil`s became a regular feature of young Nathan`s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing, and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age.  Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano - accordion and piano.  In no time at all Nathan had begun playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London as well as occasional shows in Ireland. He is now one of the most popular acts on the Irish scene.

CHARLEY PRIDE has confirmed he will return to Ireland in April to play a number of shows around the country.  Tickets went on sale  Thursday 27 November from Ticketmaster and usual outlets for the following venues.
BUNDORANGreat Northern Hotel, Bundoran    -  15 April, BELFAST, Waterfront - 16 April, DUBLIN, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre  19 April, MULLINGAR, The Park Hotel   - 21 April,  CORK, Cork Opera House – 22 April, BALLYCONNELL, Slieve Russell Hotel   -  24 April, CASTLEBLANEY, Glencarn Hotel  -  25 April, KILKENNY, Lyrath Estate Hotel -  27 April.

The following is a list of upcoming gigs at Cork Opera House for the next month. 
Mary Black  Wed, 21st Jan, Jason Byrne ‘You Name The Show’ Thurs, 22 Jan, Reeling in the Showband Years Sat 24th & Sun 25th Jan, The High Kings Thurs, 29th, Tommy Fleming   Fri 30th & Sat 31st Jan, and The Legend of Luke Kelly  on Sun 1st Feb.

Those of you who have been watching Hot Country and other country music shows on Sky Channel 191, will now have to switch to Sky Channel 266 if you want to stay in touch with future shows. The new channel 266 is called Bonanza, Bonanza (so good they named it twice?). Both Hot Country and Ireland West TV shows are now available on Channel 266 and both screened a two-hour Special Show on Christmas Day.

Following the great success of the C2C Festival in March last year where over 50,000 enthusiastic fans packed the O2 in London and the 3Arena in Dublin, it has just been announced that the event is returning to Dublin on March 7 and 8, 2015. Some of Country Music's biggest stars will head over the Atlantic to perform at what has become a major festival. In addition to the London and Dublin acts, this year the event is heading further into Europe with additional events in Sweden at the Ericsson Globe and in Norway at Oslo Spektrum Arena on Saturday, February 28th , and Sunday, March 1st . The London and Dublin Lineups are as follows: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Saturday (London) / Sunday (Dublin) Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Saturday (Dublin) / Sunday (London) In addition over 20 up and coming artists will perform on pop up stages around the O2 in London.C2C 2014 saw performances by Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, and Martina McBride (London only). Each act received a very enthusiastic reception from the fans. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern recognizes, "C2C has been a valued partner in the growth of Country Music in the UK and Europe. The expansion of C2C speaks to the popularity of the music, the artists, and the enthusiastic response from our international fans."

The Rory Gallagher Music Library Grand Parade Cork host a Country Music Recital on the second Friday of each month at 11.00am. These recital's are presented by members of the public who have a love of Country music and share their music selection and snippets of information for all to enjoy. The first one was presented in May 2013 by Margaret Murphy and the series has proved very popular with lovers of country music. The music played by the various presenters has been wide and varied i.e Bluegrass, Nashville Sights and Sounds,Cowboy Film Music,Grand Ole Opry,American Classic Country,Shel Silverstein and many others, the common thread being the love of good country music. The next recital is on Friday 9th January 2015 and will cover the Life and Music of Marty Robbins to be given by Gerald Fitzgerald better known as Rockin Gerry. All are welcome and admission is Free.  
New presenters are always welcome ( needed). Just play what you like and maybe say why. (cd player provided).For further information contact Music Library or Peter 0861038742



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