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Saturday 26 May 2018

Harvest reaps rich bounty of global stars of country

SING SWEETLY: Donna Taggart from Omagh performing yesterday at the Harvest country music festival in Westport, Co Mayo. Photo: Michael McLaughlin
SING SWEETLY: Donna Taggart from Omagh performing yesterday at the Harvest country music festival in Westport, Co Mayo. Photo: Michael McLaughlin

Eddie Rowley

Ireland is the heartbeat of country music this weekend as crowds party at the nation's biggest international event, Harvest 2017.

Global stars and home-grown idols yesterday had tens of thousands of revellers kicking up their heels. The new country festival is being staged simultaneously in Westport and Enniskillen and features headline acts such as Miranda Lambert, Charley Pride and Nathan Carter.

They are performing over two days at both venues. The acts who played in balmy weather at Westport House yesterday will take to the stages at Enniskillen Airport today and vice versa.

"Harvest is like Electric Picnic for country music fans," said Nathan Carter yesterday before his performance in Westport.

"As well as giving people at the festival the chance to see some of the great country acts from America, England and Ireland, there's a lovely laid-back atmosphere and lots of different attractions for all the family, like the fun fair, market stalls and all the great food outlets."

A total of 40 acts are performing over four stages at each Harvest venue, including American stars Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, Dan + Shay and Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar Scott in TV soap Nashville.

Una Healy, formerly of The Saturdays, was having the time of her life at Harvest, where she caught up with Palladio, who duetted on her song, Stay My Love. "My uncle is singer Declan Nerney, so I grew up listening to country music," she said.

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