03 October 2005

Roger Ryan's Country Cuts

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

[October 2016]

The Annual Irish Steel Guitar Festival will take place at the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin, over the weekend of Sat Oct 15th and Sun Oct 16th. As usual it will feature the cream of Steel Guitar players from Ireland and all over Europe with U.S. Steel player Russ Hicks as the star attraction.The hotel is offering attractive weekend packages of accomodation etc for the festival.

Hank Wedel, who is a regular and very popular performer in Cork and surrounding areas, has released a fantastic new CD on the market called Living In The Land Of Love. All the 10 tracks on the album were written or co-written by Hank himself and the opening track 'Too Gone Too Young' is already receiving extensive airplay all over Ireland.

Barry & Holly Tashian & E-5 Band from Nashville, will begin a 2 weeks tour of Ireland on Oct. 19th. which includes the following dates in the Cork area;
Fri 21st. Recital @ City Library, Cork, @ 11.00am. Sat. 22nd. Rockies Club @ 9.30pm, Mon. 24th. The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, @ 8.15pm.
They will also perform at St.John's Theatre, Listowel, on Thursday Oct 20th, and the Library, Kilmacthomas, Co.Waterford, on Friday Oct. 21st. and the Bunratty Music Fest on Sun. Oct. 23rd.

On Friday Oct. 14th. @ 11.00am Peter Harrington will present a country music programme on the Life & Music of Cowboy Jack Clement, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Nashville Legend. This programme is part of a regular series on Country Music which takes place on the second Friday of every month at the Rory Gallagher section of the City Library, Grand Parade, and is open to the general public, with free admission.

Rattlesnake County run a weekly session called The Sundown Sessions at The Raven Bar, 100 South Main St, Cork. We play a broad mix of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana etc. We're there every Wednesday night at 9:30pm and the session is open to anybody to join in. If anyone around Cork wants to sit in on the session or listen, they're more than welcome! Here is a clip of us playing Caleb Meyer at the session - http://youtu.be/tDgNo2KWuiU Please visit our page - https://www.facebook.com/TheSundownSessionsAtTheRavenBar for more info This is a weekly jam (session) for all in the Cork area to get out and play, learn, teach and share.

On Sunday 9th October, @ 8pm the Cork Opera House will present 'Rolling Back The Years with Legends of the Showband Era'. Memories of famous dance hall nights will come flooding back on the night, from the Arcadia Cork to Redbarn in Youghal to the Lilac in Enniskeane to the Majorca in Crosshaven and the Stardust on the Grand Parade. It is a historic occasion on Sunday October 9th, not to be missed with the legendary Art Supple of the Victors, Joe Mac from the Dixies, a tribute to the late great Cork stars such as Brendan O’Brien and Glenn Curtin. Terry McCarthy with his beautiful voice from the Dixies and the famous Tony Stevens with such classics as ‘When We Were Young’. The wonderful East Cork trio Crystal Swing – Derek, Dervla and Mary - will be performing along with Cork comedy legends Noel Barrett and Pat Sullivan as Joint MCs.


Country Cuts OCT. 2017.
Official Publication of Country Music Association of Ireland.

Grammy award-winning superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been announced as the first headliners for Country to Country 2018 and will be bringing their highly acclaimed and record setting Soul2Soul tour to this year’s event which will be stage at 3Arena Dublin on 9/10/11th March 2018. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been dominating the music charts since the early ‘90s. They began touring together in 1996 on McGraw’s Spontaneous Combustion tour. In 2000 they created the Soul2Soul franchise with their record-breaking 'Soul2Soul' tour, becoming that year’s top grossing and most successful U.S. tour. Their success continued in 2006-2007 when 'Soul2Soul II' returned to the road, which was the most attended tour of the year in any musical genre and remains the highest grossing multi-year North American tour in country music history. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will be joined by a whole host of multi-platinum and acclaimed artists across the weekend. 2C is Europe’s biggest Country Music Festival. It brings three days of the best country music and programming with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, Ireland & UK. Europe. Country to Country is now entering its sixth year with ever increasing popularity, and for the first time and due to popular demand, C2C Glasgow will take place at the SSE Hydro having outgrown the Clyde Auditorium.

Eamon McCann has released a new self penned single called 'Nobody Fillin' Their Shoes'. A contemplative question set in music challenging the modern shift away from the basic traditions of the genre in today's Country music. It is easy for radio listeners to recognise Eamon McCann’s unique 'easy' style of singing and in the opinion of his many fans and industry admirers alike he more than adequately fills the shoes of the greats and is rated as one of Ireland's top singers/ songwriters. Eamon is a member of the prestigious International Songwriters Guild.

Shania Twain will play one concert at the 3Arena Dublin on Wed Oct. 26th as part of her 2018 NOW tour. Willie Nelson's latest album,  'Willie Nelson And The Boys', features Willie and sons Micah and Lucas and will be released October 20th.

On Friday next Oct. 13th, John Nyhan will be the featured presenter at the monthly Country Music Circle in the City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, at 11 a.m. The title of John's presentation is 'Bill Monroe, The Father of Bluegrass Music, His Life & Music'.

Singer-songwriter Derek Ryan is set to become the first Irish country artist in over 30 years to release an album on vinyl, and it’s a move which is already striking a chord with fans from all generations. ‘Perfect Days’, which was released on 29th September 2017, features twelve of the singer’s self-penned songs, all specially remastered for vinyl release. And while music fans would be forgiven for associating vinyl records with the heyday of artists like Big Tom and Philomena Begley, according to Derek, vinyl is back in business.

Irish singer Claudine Day has released a new self penned single titled 'Flipside'. Some of you might already know that Claudine is the daughter of Irish 60s showband legend Eileen Reid (of The Cadets) and the adage regarding apples and trees is certainly evident here as well as a talent honed from a lifetime growing up in a talented family. Although no stranger to threading the boards herself with successful tours of Europe in various theatrical shows Claudine has turned her hand to Country music and recorded this track under the skilful production work of Stuart Grey at his wonderful Jealoustown studios just north of Dublin.

Two pioneer maestros of bluegrass music in Ireland bring it all back home with an Irish tour in November which includes a date at the Rockies Club on Saturday Nov. 4th and the beautifully appointed Kilworth Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co.Cork, on Monday Nov. 6th. Gerry Madigan and George Kaye made their separate marks on Ireland’s live music scene in two phenomenally successful bands of the late 1960s and 1970s, and both of them did it by opening the ears of ballroom audiences to the sounds of authentic Americana. The vibrant dancehall circuit, dominated by big showbands, was already changing under the influence of new bands with ‘Country & Irish’ instrumentation and repertoire. George Kaye, in the Smokey Mountain Ramblers, and Gerry Madigan in the Cotton Mill Boys pushed the envelope further, changed the way audiences viewed country music, and set new standards of excellence. Both are now domiciled abroad and are looking forward to bringing it all back home again later this year. Confirmed dates so far are, Rockies Club, Cork on Sat. Nov. 4th and Kilworth Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co.Cork, on Monday Nov 6th.

Almost 50 years since Johnny Cash introduced Folsom – and its prison – into the pop culture lexicon, the city is nearing the completion of an extensive outdoor tribute to the singer. The full Johnny Cash Trail is set to be unveiled Oct. 14. Spanning 2.5 miles, it links a series of existing trails and marks the route of a planned public art walk that will be lined with works commemorating the Man in Black. The first section of the trail, including the Johnny Cash Bridge designed after the East Gate guard tower of Folsom Prison, opened in 2014. The new 1.25-mile section joins with existing trails in Rodeo Park to provide cyclists, runners and pedestrians a route to Folsom’s historic district and the American Parkway Trail. 'First and foremost, the trail is a transportation and recreation facility in the city,' said Robert Goss, Folsom’s parks and recreations director. 'Secondarily, it’s a celebration of the guy that probably made Folsom more famous than anybody else. The song "Folsom Prison Blues" – everybody knows that song.'


Country Cuts January 2018.
Official Publication of Country Music Association of Ireland.

If you are planning your holidays for 2018 and fancy a trip to Nashville, Memphis etc, then I suggest that you contact 087-685-9895 for details of a tour departing on Oct. 30th for 8 nights in Nashville, with the option of a bus trip to Memphis to visit Graceland and Sun Studios. The hotel is within walking distance of Lower Broadway in Nashville with its many attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, home of the famous Grand Ole Opry, The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, the Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and George Jones Museums, plus lots of popular venues offering free music all day long until the early hours of the morning. Other popular venues within easy reach are 3rd & Lyndsley on 3rd Avenue South and the Station Inn on 12th Avenue South. Both of these venues are noted for featuring authentic country music. The combined package of a tour of the Hall of Fame and Studio B is a must for any visitor to Nashville. The tour begins at the Hall of Fame and transport is then provided to Studio B on Music Row. The Opryland complex which includes the Grand Ole Opry House and a huge shopping area Opry Mills, is only a 20 minute drive away. Also in that area is Music Valley, home of many attractions including the Willie Nelson Museum. Full details of cost etc are available from 087-685-9895.

The monthly series of Country Music recitals continue at the Rory Gallagher section of the Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, on Friday Jan. 12th.@ 11.00am.

The first Irish Old Time Appalachian Gathering is taking place in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare from 16-18 Feb 2018. The idea is to bring together the various OT musicians and enthusiasts scattered across Ireland – just as happens at Gainsborough and Clifftop. We also expect some musicians from the US and UK, including the celebrated Dan Levenson. (Note that we have chosen the weekend after Gainsborough in case any overseas visitors fancy a trip to one of the most scenic area of Ireland, near the iconic Cliffs of Moher.) It takes place at a great venue – winning awards for its food and craft ales – with excellent low-price accommodation nearby, good transport links, and of course wonderful people getting together for tunes, song and dance. All for less than the price of 2 Dublin pints! All the details are at www.irisholdtime.com and there is also a facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/irisholdtime.

Derek Ryan may sing about it in his new single, but the golden boy of Irish country is far from being ‘Down On His Uppers’. The phrase, originally used to describe people who had badly worn shoes, has been turned into a catchy song by the Carlow songwriter and lifted from his current number one album The Fire. Derek, who has had one of his best years yet, fulfilling many career highs from The Rose of Tralee performance, to a sold out arena show at the Farmers Bash, continues to stay at the cutting edge of Irish country with his unique sound and song writing skills. As well as recording his own songs he has also written the title track for Philomena Begley’s latest release amongst a host of other artists who have picked up on his material. Following Christmas and new year shows, and a new concert tour kicking off in Mid-January in his hometown of Carlow, it looks like business as usual for Derek in 2018 and another full year.

Following their special appearance at the CMA Awards last November, Sugarland is confirmed to perform at Country to Country 2018. This will be the multi CMA Award and Grammy Award winner’s first full-band live performance together in 5 years. Friends of C2C, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have had incredible solo careers since their hiatus in 2012. Known for such hits as "Stuck Like Glue”, “Baby Girl," "Stay" and "All I Want to Do," Sugarland's last album was 2010's The Incredible Machine. The duo is currently back in the studio; for more information visit www.sugarlandmusic.com.

Country to Country Festival will take place on 9-11th March 2018 at The O2 in London, The SSE Hydro Glasgow and the 3Arena in Dublin. Sugarland join what is already an outstanding line up including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley Campbell, Brett Young, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Margo Price and Midland. The festival brings three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.

Friday 9th March 2018
Kacey Musgraves
Kip Moore Luke Combs

Saturday 10th March 2018
Little Big Town
Emmylou Harris
Margo Price

Sunday 11th March 2018
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Kelsea Ballerini
Old Dominion
Brett Young


Country Cuts January 2019.
Official Publication of Country Music Association of Ireland.

Country singer Cliona Hagan is currently in strict training for her appearance on the new season of RTE’s Dancing With The Stars. The gorgeous Tyrone native says that while she's probably the worst dancer of the whole bunch she would dearly love to win the Glitterball when the popular RTE series returns to our screen's in January.

The new year has just begun and already we have received news of several major country events for the month of January alone. The Shannonside Winter Music Festival has been going from strength to strength over the last few years and this year's event marks another step forward for this eclectic festival of the best in acoustic music.Between Thursday and Monday January 17th to 21st almost 80 concerts, pub gigs, sessions, and shows will keep the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty buzzing and bouncing with acts from far and wide, as well as the cream of local talent.

The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, which is now a must play venue for visiting country and bluegrass acts, has announced a very exciting lineup of top class performers for January. Thanks to the persuasive powers and entrepreneurial skills of John Nyhan we have seen some of the world's top class acts perform at this venue and the coming year promises to be better than ever. On Monday January 21st the star attraction will be The Petersons Bluegrass Band from Branson, Missouri. The Petersons are a six piece band who play regularly at the Little Opry in Branson and at the annual Bluegrass Festival in Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson. Daniel O'Donnell performs every year in Branson and on one of his rare night's off he went along to a Peterson Family concert and was loud in his praise for the talented band. The Kilworth concert will be a double bill with Cup O'Joe bluegrass band from Omagh also featuring. On Thursday January 24th both acts will also perform at the Schoolyard Theatre in Charleville, Co. Cork, with a starting time of 8pm.

On Sunday January 27th, Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, whose album Rivers and Roads was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, will perform at the Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, and on the following night Monday January 28th, they will make a welcome return to the Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork.

The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival will take place from Wed 23rd to Sun 27th January and will feature the following well known country artists, Jerry Douglas on the 26th and Tim O'Brien on the 27th.


Nathan Carter will make a very welcome return to play Live at The Marquee in Cork on Friday 14th June. Tickets for this date went on sale on Tuesday 18 December from Ticketmaster and usual outlets. Nathan has just returned from his second North American tour which saw him play 9 cities including Chicago, Boston, Sacramento and Philadelphia. Last month Nathan released his autobiography ‘Born For the Road’ and his new album of the same name which features 16 new recordings including the hit singles including `There You Are` ‘Give It To Me’ and ‘Winnie O’Neill’, is now available.

Country to Country, Europe's biggest country music festival, is back at The 3Arena Dublin for its seventh year from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March 2019, with yet another incredible line up from the C2C team. With his first shows in Europe for over ten years, a major coup for C2C, the celebrated four time Grammy Award winner, chart record breaker and international superstar Keith Urban will play C2C for the first time ever, while one of Nashville’s most revered and hugely acclaimed musician’s Chris Stapleton makes his much-anticipated return to the festival in a headline spot. Superstar trio and award winning fan favourites Lady Antebellum also return as headliners, following their hugely popular show last year. Keith Urban said: “I'm totally psyched to be getting back to play some shows. The last time we were there was a blast- and with the music I’ve made since then and the new album we’re gonna get to play to a lot of new people. Can’t wait!!!!!” Joining the headliners are more acclaimed artists, with many heading to the main stage for the very first time. Cam, Hunter Hayes, Ashley McBryde and Drake White & The Big Fire all return, while Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Carly Pearce and Lyle Lovett make their C2C arena debuts.

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