Cliona Hagan, from Co. Tyrone, is a relative newcomer on the Irish Country Music Scene. She was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the prestigious Irish Post Country Music Awards (August 2017) and Sunday World Female Vocalist of the Year two years running (2017, 2018). She has also been the opening act at Aiken Promotions’ Harvest Country Music Festival and is looking forward to the release of her second Album later in the year.
Cliona regularly plays to her own packed audiences. She has also toured with some of the industries greats, including Philomena Begley and Nathan Carter.
Nathan Carter is a sensation! In Ireland he outsold One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Michael Buble, becoming the first country act to reach number one in the Irish charts since Garth Brooks.
He is an exciting feature on the UK Country scene, and once again tops the Irish charts with his fifth album ‘Where I Wanna Be’ which features his unique blend of Celtic, country and pop! Not bad for the cherubic former head choir boy who sang for Pope John Paul ll in Rome.
Nathan was born on 28th May 1990, growing up in Liverpool. His family originates from Newry in County Down. He soon leaned to play the accordion with trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil beconing a regular feature of young Nathan’s life. By the age of 12, he won All Ireland medals for singing and playing the accordion.
Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing accordion and piano, and performed solo pieces across Liverpool and Ireland.
On a trip to Donegal in 2009, Nathan was appearing in concert in Buncrana, where he met with songwriter John Farry. So impressed was Farry that representation soon followed and the rest, as they say, is history.
Castledermot-man, Michael English is one of Ireland’s top Country singers. Coming from a musical family, Michael began studying the piano formally at age 9 at the Hennessy School of Music in Carlow. At age 11, he appeared on Gay Byrne's The Late Late Show. He continued his musical studies the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin before launching an Irish country music career. Henry McMahon of The Mainliners offered him one of his own compositions, "The Nearest to Perfect" that became a hit for English in 1999. Signing a contract with Ritz Records, English won Best International Entertainer at the Irish National Entertainers Awards ceremony in both 2004 and 2005. He went on to record a number of albums and a number of hit single hits with Dolphin Roscas Recordings.
For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around".
Glaswegian, Lisa McHugh, was destined to be a country music star! With her parent’s love for the genre, she grew up listening to everything from Daniel O’Donnell to Alan Jackson. Her ambition to pursue a career in country music led her to Ireland at just 22 years of age.
She came to prominence after entering an Irish TV talent show Glór Tíre and it wasn’t long before her band was formed and she began touring the country. Now with a crew of 10 and a show that has scores of people dancing all night long, Lisa is certainly living the dream.
MIKE DENVER, known as “The Galway Boy”, is one of Ireland’s top entertainers, having this year celebrated 15 years in the entertainment industry.
Mike has recorded 14 albums and 4 DVDS to date. His latest album was released on 25th May 2018.
Well we had 10 sacks of rice, a container of beans, all our money in silver and gold and not a shaggin’ thing happened. All the greedy promoters lost a packet on their rip off gigs and the hungry hoors of publicans who put on big cover charges got their tight arses burnt. Y2K me bollix.
Into 2000 and I did not one gig all year. It was all book stuff. Finishing off ‘One Voice’. Corrections, re-writes, photos, proof reading, it was all new and kinda’ exciting. Did book signings all over Ireland and also in London. Good fun.
Had a few weird experiences in London. Lunch with The Financial Times was quite superb.Began talking to Declan Sinnot about playing some songs. Then we played at his 50th party and Donal joined in. Then all Decky’s gear got robbed and Donal and I did a benefit (The Stolen Guitars Gig) and Decky joined in and we had a great gig on Wednesday 30th August 2000. Next thing we were recording ‘This Is The Day’ in Kilkenny in January 2001 and we decided to do some gigs on the back of that. These got recorded and are released as ‘Live At Vicar St.’ I’m back in front of the lamps and it feels good, so lets see where we go from here.
Jimmy’s career is going from strength to strength. He is destined to be a huge star. He is already one of the top entertainers in Ireland, and his ambition is to conquer the English Country Market, not ruling out Europe. Following numerous visits across the water to England, Jimmy is building up a large fan base and his concerts and dances are always sold out. When he finishes one tour, he is inundated with requests for details of his next.
Jimmy first came to the attention of the Birmingham Audiences when he appeared on Bob Brolly’s Big Charity Show, in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on Sunday 22nd June 2003. Since that first appearance Jimmy’s star has certainly continued to rise.
Absolute Irish is Ireland’s newest radio station playing non-stop Country and Irish music.
Reflecting the massive popularity of Irish country music, ‘Absolute Irish' will broadcast from its base in Waterford 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Irish country music is huge and continues to sell out venues across Ireland.
It is now a massive industry with growing followers, young and old, and will – no doubt – be very well received by music fans.
With dedicated shows on most local radio stations across Ireland, Absolute Irish no doubt whet the appetite of Country and Irish music fans across Ireland.
Absolute Irish Radio is playlisted to showcase the new and popular Country artists while playing the classic Irish songs that we all grew up listening to.