Sunday 26 May 2019

Ronan Keating to join Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter for Late Late Show Country Special Big Tom Tribute

Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter on The Late Show country special
Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter on The Late Show country special
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ronan Keating has joined the line-up of Irish stars who will pay tribute to the legendary Big Tom on tonight's Late Late Show Country Special.

Big Tom MacBride passed away this week at the age of 81 and his funeral takes place today in his home town of Castleblayney in Monaghan. 

He was a regular on RTE's Late Late and had performed on the Country Special in 2015.  Tonight's show will be dedicated to celebrating the music he loved.

Country heavyweights Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter, Susan McCann, Paddy Cole and Fr Brian D'Arcy will be in studio to discuss the impact Big Tom had on the Irish country scene as well as his legacy.

The show will now feature performances of some of his best known hits.

“This week, more than any, we have seen how the country scene in Ireland is part of the fabric of who we are," said Late Late host Ryan Tubridy.

"It is only fitting that we should pay tribute to Big Tom. As one of the best loved singers in Ireland, he paved the way for a lot of today’s biggest performers. We’ll be hearing from some of those who knew him best and celebrating the popularity of the music that he loved so much. There is something for everyone in this show from the die-hard fans to those looking to dip their toe into country waters.”

Former Boyzone star Keating will also be in studio to talk about the country origins of When You Say Nothing At All and he will perfom the song with new star Lisa McHugh.

Meanwhile, Sandy Kelly will sing Islands in the Stream and Nathan Carter and Cliona Hagan will perform a duet of Hurts So Good.  In Circle of Friends the country stars will celebrate major hits and there will be a special nod to Glen Cambpell who passed away in August.

Other stars appearing on the Country Special will be Gloria, Philomena Begley, Jimmy Buckley, Declan Nerney,Mike Denver, Michael English and Robert Mizzell.

The Late Late Show Country Special, tonight RTÉ One, 9.35pm

Ireland's country stars - Mike Denver, Michael English, Lisa McHugh, Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzel, Cliona Hagan, Patrick Feeney and special guest Ray Lynam - will take to the stage at Vicar Street on November 26 for Country Roads. Tickets priced €35 incl b/fee are on sale now through and usual outlets nationwide.

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