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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Rockin' Rowley: Jimmy's tribute to his 'super mother'

Eddie Rowley

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Jimmy Buckley
Jimmy Buckley
The Indians
Mary Duff

Mothers have been eulogised in song since time began. "And rightly so," says Jimmy Buckley, whose latest hit is a personal tribute to his 70-year-old mum, Mary.

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Country star Buckley penned the touching tribute, 'My Mother', with celebrated songwriter Henry McMahon of The Mainliners.

One of a family of eight, Jimmy has fond memories of his childhood growing up in Doon, Co Limerick, where his parents, Mike and Mary, ran a pub and shop, and reared greyhounds.

Jimmy, who now lives in Athenry, Co Galway, with his wife, Clarice, and three children, has never forgotten the security he enjoyed in the family home with his mother at the centre of everything.

"My mother would be helping Dad in the business and with the dogs, but she made sure that we all went off to school with our lunches, and then she'd have a hot dinner ready when we arrived home in the evening," he recalls.


"She was a super mother to all of us and I'm very close to her to this day. I'm also delighted that I somehow persuaded her to appear in the video of the song.

My mother is a quiet woman and a very modest type of person.

"When I asked her to take part in the video she was reluctant. 'What do you want me for? Would you not get some kind of a fancy one?' she said.

"I told her, 'I can't have a fake mammy while my own one, thank God, is alive and well.' She agreed to it then. Of course, she's been getting great slagging since the video went up on YouTube. It's been fun for her.

"Mother absolutely loves the song. She rang me when there was no one around and told me how proud she was of it."

Check out Jimmy Buckley's song, 'My Mother', on YouTube.

The Indians are back on the trail


The Indians, who started off life as the Casino Showband in the 1960s, are still one of Ireland's top attractions.

Founder member Eamonn Keane (Sitting Bull Jnr), the father of TV personality Lorraine Keane, recalls how pop stars George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! used to go to see the colourful band playing at the Galtymore ballroom in London's Cricklewood in the '80s.

The Indians, complete with war paint and feathers, will next weekend (May 27-29) host three nights of music at The Red Cow, Naas Road, Dublin, with guest performers.

Changing lanes with  some help from Garth


Daniel O'Donnell's touring partner Mary Duff has just released a new solo album, Changing Lanes, featuring a couple of songs from American superstar Garth Brooks.

The successful Meath-born entertainer has a personal link with Garth, having supported the country singer in London at the start of his career. Mary was the first European artist to work with Brooks in 1991.

Garth has never forgotten the Irish artist who made that connection with him in the early days. He describes Mary's interpretation of his song, 'Mr Noble,' as "beautiful…simply beautiful."

Other stand-out tracks on the album include the title, 'Changing Lanes', which is an original from young Irish rising star Jordan Mogey. Another highlight is a duet called 'I Am Woman,' featuring celebrated Irish country singer Kathy Crinion.

Musician and singer Don Baker also guests on the album, with his signature harmonica playing featured on the rocky track, 'Too Damn Much.'

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