Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 

Irelands King of Country passes

Big Tom McBride, one of the icons of Irish country music, who died today aged 81, will be laid to rest in his home county of Monaghan this Friday. The news follows that  of  Tom's wife Rose passing away in January. They had been married for more than 50 years.
Born near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Tom McBride was one of four siblings. He left school in his teens to help out on the family farm and later worked in Scotland and England where he started playing music. He later returned to Ireland and continued to play with the band that was to become The Mainliners.
The band appeared on RTÉ's The Showband Show in 1966 with Gentle Mother and the song became a huge hit, establishing Big Tom and the Mainliners at the forefront of the Irish country scene.
They were huge stars in the 60s and 70s, packing out ballrooms around the country and Big Tom became known as "The King" of Irish country music.
In the late 1970s Big Tom had hits included Four Country Roads and Back to Castleblayney.
In 1980, he was presented with a Gold Award for sales of more than one million records.
He was the first inductee into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame on RTÉ One in June 2016.
President Michael D Higgins described Big Tom as "one of the most charismatic and influential artists in Irish country music".

 

Bridge Of Allan date for Austin based Barbara Nesbitt

Texas based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt returns to Scotland next month, with a date at The Allan Brewhouse, Bridge Of Allan on Thursday May 3rd. Barbara will be supported on this gig by The John Hinshelwood Band.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Who I Am - Lisa McHugh

Glasgow born, Irish Country Queen, Lisa McHugh returns with a brand new single, "Who I Am", from her latest album. The song is the theme to "Sue Thomas F.B. Eye" , currenyly being aired on the Drama TV Channel on Saturday nights. The video for the single captures footage of Lisa's Scottish homeland, and her own early life.
Lisa returns to Scotland in September for concerts in Inverness, Oban, Dundee & Dumfries, anda dance at Glasgow's StLukes.

 

Michael McMillan

Glasgow based singer, Michael McMillan, has launched his new album, "Cross Country", produced by Graham Duffin.  Michaekl will be the guest on this Sunday's Celtic Country programme @ 12 Noon on Celtic Music Radio.

 

Freddie Fender Biography

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom' written by Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the true-life story of her famous father, the late Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. As only seen through the eyes of Freddy’s daughter, her book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, heartbreaking fall and final redemption bringing to life the heartfelt memories of a man and family caught in the whirlwind of great fame, and conveys in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame.
In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a Country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.
During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”
"Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" is available as an ebook at Amazon @ £11.99



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

Texan Of The Year

George Strait has been named “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference. At the 52nd annual statewide forum taking place at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 23, Strait joined an array of prominent honorees including former U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Governors and innovators.

 

Three new names for Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Association held a press conference Tuesday morning (March 27) to announce the 2018 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame—Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West.
Gimble will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Songwriter” and “Non-Performer” categories. Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while West will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Gimble, Skaggs and West will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 133 to 136 members.
A formal induction ceremony for Gimble, Skaggs, and West will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.

 

Prairie Star 30th Birthday

The Prairie Star C&W. Club will be celebrating their 30th Country birthday on Saturday7th April with a special night of country music from Bill Alexander and Jolene & Barry plus guest singer Joe Boyle from down Donegal way in Ireland, and making his first visit to our club, and to be able to fit it all in we start the night a bit earlier at 7pm, and the doors open at 6pm till about 12.30, for more info phone Dorothy on 01259724352.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

 

Opry en Daniel

The popular Opry en Luir TV series, seen across the UK on BBC Alba, is retitled Opry en Daniel, and is moving to the Millenium Forum Theatre in Derry, for the next series which is being recorded between May 13th-19th. Daniel is once again, the host, with an array of guests, including Scots born Jacqui Sharkey, Lisa McHugh, Isla & Al Grant, American's Charlie Pride, Georgette Jones and Rita Coolidge, as well as Irish stars like Brendan Quinn, Derek Ryan and Louise Morrissey.


Saturday, March 03, 2018

 

Ronnie Prophet passes

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Prophet died on Friday (March 2) at age 80.
Known as one of country’s finest all-around entertainers, Prophet is perhaps best remembered in Nashville as the house act in the Printer’s Alley showplace The Carousel Club in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a recording artist for RCA on Music Row.
The ebullient singer, flashy guitarist, comic, TV star, business entrepreneur, witty emcee, songwriter, impressionist and raconteur was noted for his live-wire stage presence and endearingly manic manner.
The Montreal born entertainer was known on this side of the Atlantic for his role as emcee at the Wembley Festival in the 1980's. He'll be best remembered for his last appearance in that role, for criticising a woman in the front row for smoking. Everyone in the hall, except Ronnie realised that the whole festival was sponsored by Silk Cut. At the next changeover, Ronnie came out, handing cigarettes to everyone. He never returned to Wembley, but did appear at the Caithness Festival 2006.
He had his own TV series in Canada, and the UK, and was the CCMA Entertainer of the Year in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ronnie Prophet passed away in Florida, following kidney failure, with family and friends at his side. Prophet is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet,
He will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

 

Snow cancels Prairie Star night

Reluctantly, this Saturday's Prairie Star meeting in Alloa has been called off because of the snow.
Next Month's event, on April 7th is the club's 30th birthday, with three acts on the bill.

Friday, February 16, 2018

 

Meeting Place for February

The first gig of 2018 for THE JOHN HINSHELWOOD BAND will be on Friday 23rd February at The MEETING PLACE in RUTHERGLEN.
It is one of the band’s favourite places to play, and it is always busy, so early arrival is recommended  if you want to be sure of getting a seat.

 

Nashville loses another

Daryle Singletary died Monday morning (Feb. 12) in Nashville. He was 46. His cause of death is being determined.
Singletary was best known for ’90s country hits including “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.” Throughout his career, Singletary has collaborated with George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and more.
Singletary moved to Nashville, from Georgia,  in 1990, and began performing in talent contests around Music City, before he began a regular gig at The Broken Spoke. After releasing a couple of unsuccessful singles on Evergreen Records in the early ’90s, Singletary released his debut album for Giant Records in 1995, garnering hits including “I Let Her Lie Lie” and “Too Much Fun.”
By 2002, he had teamed with Koch Records for the album That’s Why I Sing This Way, which featured collaborations with Johnny Paycheck, Jones, Haggard and more.

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