Sunday 22 October 2017

Country superstar Charley Pride to headline The Late Late Show Country Special

Charley Pride will headline Late Late Show Country Special. PIC: Getty
Charley Pride will headline Late Late Show Country Special. PIC: Getty
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The last Country Special was one of the most watched Late Late Shows of the year and it looks like this season's offering could hit the same high note as Charley Pride joins the line-up.

The Grammy nominated star behind Kiss An Angel Good Mornin' has topped the US Billoard Country Charts a whopping 29 times.

The 79-year-old star is taking time out from his tour of the US and Canada to jet in for the special.

Also appearing is Charlie Landsborough (75), best known for his hit What Colour is the Wind which proved hugely popular in Ireland.

They'll join Irish stars Nathan Carter, Daniel O'Donnell, Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh, Mick Flavin, Michael English, Cliona Hagan, John Hogan, Declan Nerney and Louise Morrissey for two hours of country chat and music.

This year the show is going pure country with two hours of music and chat with some of the biggest stars on the Irish scene.

The Late Late Show Country Special 2015
The Late Late Show Country Special 2015

Last season's Late Late Country Special was broadcast in October 2015 and, outside of the Toy Show, it was the most watched Late Late of that season.

Legends of Midlands country music including TR Dallas, Foster and Allen and the inimitable Brendan Shine will also be in studio on Friday night while The Queens of Country – Margo, Philomena Begley and Susan McCann – will be reuniting for a very special performance.

Viewers can also look forward to appearances by RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Mike Denver and The Three Amigos - Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell and Patrick Feeney - as well as Lee Matthews, Gerry Guthrie, Jimmy Devine, Johnny Brady and Marc Roberts.

Several stars will perform a special opening - the hit Country Roads.

The Late Late Show Country Special, Friday, April 14th, RTÉ One at 9.35pm

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