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Thursday 19 April 2018

Now is the right time for Shania’s return

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Shania Twain
Shania Twain
Dan + Shay
Christy Dignam

Eddie Rowley

CANADIAN country star Shania Twain was so distraught when her husband left her for her best friend in 2008, she thought she'd never sing again.

Life moves on, hearts heal, and Shania found love again - ironically with the husband of the woman who 'stole' her man.

It's a bizarre story that has all the ingredients for a chart-topping country song!

"I figured I would never sing again," Shania said in the aftermath of her husband's affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, which ended her 14-year marriage.

Shania's ex-husband - Robert John 'Mutt' Lange - was also her producer and co-writer of her hits 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman' and 'Come On Over'.

"My divorce was like a death," she said. "I was ready to die; I barely ate or slept."

However, Twain said that having a young son, Eja, to love and care for kept her moving forward through the dark days.

It was her friend's husband, Frederic Thiebaud, who discovered the affair.

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Later, as Shania and Frederic turned to each other for support during the turmoil in their lives, they developed a close friendship, which became a full-blown love affair.

The couple married in 2011.

Now Shania is back with a new single, 'Life's About to Get Good', and a new album, Now, due for release on September 29. It's her first album since 2002.

Assuming the role of sole songwriter for the first time and overseeing production as a co-producer, this is the woman the world knows and loves at her brightest, boldest and best.

Now, offered as a 12-track standard and 16-track deluxe, is available for pre- order now and includes an instant download of 'Life's About to Get Good.'

A Shania Twain exhibit will also open in Nashville later this month.

Country ’n’ Westport...

AUDIENCES attending the Harvest 2017 Country Music Festival in Westport House on Saturday, August 26, and Enniskillen Airport on Sunday August 27, can look forward to Nashville's top young songwriting duo, Dan + Shay, performing live.

The pair - Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney - have been steadily on the rise since the release of their 2014 debut album, Where It All Began, to critical acclaim.

It led to them appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, making their debut at the Grand Ole Opry and touring with top guns Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes.

Television appearances followed on Nashville and The Bachelorette and they consolidated their success with last year's follow-up album, Obsessed.

Dan from Wexford, Pennsylvania, and Shay from Arkansas bonded after meeting in Nashville and have enjoyed hit singles with '19 You + Me', 'Show You Off', 'Nothing Like You', 'From the Ground Up' and 'How Not To'.

Aslan: remade in Dublin

AFTER three sold-out nights at Vicar Street last December, Aslan are going to re-create the magic of those gigs at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday, July 7.

"We are revisiting the Made in Dublin album," Christy Dignam (right) said. They will perform the album accompanied by a string quartet, a percussion player and a piano/keyboard player, just as they were when the album was originally recorded in 1999.

"The Iveagh Gardens is a beautiful venue in the centre of the city and it'll be our first time there. If we get the weather, it will be fantastic," Christy added.

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