Keeping it country: five rising stars
The future of the country scene looks bright
One of Ireland's fastest rising country stars, Donegal's McHugh received the ultimate accolade in 2012 when she was invited to perform at Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry.
Named best newcomer at the recent Irish Country Music Awards, Devine was also a finalist on RTÉ's The Voice where he performed Garth Brooks' 'The Dance'.
I Draw Slow
A Dublin five-piece drawing on the rootsy music of America's Appalachia Mountains - their melancholy sound would be at home on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? score.
The Lost Brothers
Devotees of the stripped-down country sensibility of Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons, Mark McCausland and Oisín Leech assembled their third album in Nashville.
A fan of country icons such as Emmylou Harris, the Cork native sold her car to cover the costs of recording her debut album, What You Really Mean, in Tennessee.