Thursday 23 May 2019

Keeping it country: five rising stars

Donegal's Lisa McHugh
Donegal's Lisa McHugh
The Voice finalist Jim Devine
Dublin five-piece I Draw Slow
Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech of The Lost Brothers
Cork native Nicole Maguire

The future of the country scene looks bright

Lisa McHugh

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.

Jim Devine

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.

Nicole Maguire

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.

Irish Independent

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