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Viral tractor songwriter Marty Mone 'Hits the Diff' in Ratheniska

Geraldine Gittens

Published 24/09/2015 | 15:05

Singer Marty Mone performs 'Hit The Diff' at half-time. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Monaghan v Tyrone at Croke Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Singer Marty Mone performs 'Hit The Diff' at half-time. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Monaghan v Tyrone at Croke Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Singer songwriter Marty Mone says his song about driving tractors for a living is soon set to reach two million hits on You Tube.

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Mone (32) has wracked up 1.9m views for 'Hit the Diff' on You Tube, and he says the last ten months since he released the song have been "crazy".

"Life's been a bit crazy. I've gotten to play at some great events like here at the Ploughing, and Croke Park this year."

"It all happened as a shock - even the Ploughing Championships, that's a very big shock to be able to come on and play here. It's only been since January since it has happened and in those few months, I never would have dreamt all this."

"It's great to get on the same stage as the likes of Nathan Carter. I love the whole big band scene, and it's just weird to see my name with them on lists for gigs."

Mone also played in Croke Park at half-time during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final between Monaghan and Tyrone.

His song which chronicles the life of a farm contractor includes lyrics like 'I said goodbye before July to the woman in an awful rush and it was near Christmas before I got back in touch'.

"I was writing songs and I've been in a band since I was 15. The song that I wrote about my job is the one that took off which is weired. You wouldn't think that, but that's the way it is. It's the songs that you just don't really think much of that do well."

"I write serious songs as well, but songs like this are true. All the lyrics are actually real to the drivers, they know that I'm part of the driving drank."

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