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They say that the journey of your life is mapped out by your childhood experiences.
Country star Michael English grew up in the small Co Kildare town of Castledermot to the soundtrack of Irish traditional music as his father, Pat, played the button accordion in a trad band.
Pat later encouraged Michael to learn the piano and enrolled him for formal training at Carlow's Hennessey School of Music.
At the age of 12, the boy wonder composed his own piece of classical music, which he called 'Perestroika' - a Russian term he'd heard on the news at the time.
Michael then wrote a personal letter to The Late Late Show, explaining that he had written his own tune.
To his surprise, the young boy ended up performing on The Late Late Toy Show that year, 1991. English began his professional career playing in dance bands, recording well received albums and doing concert shows on cruise ships in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Today, 25 years on from that first Late Late performance, Michael is one of the top country music attractions on the Irish and international scene.
Earlier this year he picked up a gong for 'best Irish country band' at the RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards.