Saturday 24 August 2019

Carlingford keeps it country for 40th festival

The biggest celebration of country music in the north east takes place this weekend as part of the 40th Carlingford Oyster Festival.

Ger Long, a well known figure in the country music scene, has helped put together an impressive line-up of acts to ensure that all roads lead to Carlingford with four nights of great country music being staged in a special festival marquee.

The Country Music Extravaganza gets under way on Thursday night with The Fureys, who have had some of the most memorable hits on the Irish music scene with songs like 'I will love you', 'When you were sweet sixteen', 'The Green fields of France', 'From Clare to here', and 'Leaving Nancy'.

Still as popular as ever, the festival sees The Fureys playing their first of two gigs in the Wee County this month as they are also heading for the Fleadh. They will be supported by Henry Mac.

The award winning singer Michael English is on stage on Friday night along with John Molloy, one of the stars of this year's Glor Tire, in support.

The very popular Mike Denver headlines on Saturday night with support by Aidan Clerkin.

On Sunday it's the turn of Derek Ryan with exciting new comer Olivia Douglas as support.

Bagatelle with Dundalk's own Liam Reilly will bring the festival to a close on Monday night, supported by The Wagtails.

And some lucky country music fan will be heading on the trip of the lifetime to the Paul Caffrey Tours to Portugal.

The winner of the package for two to stay in a five star hotel and enjoy the cream of Irish country music including Derek Ryan Music, Mike Denver, Michael English And His Band, Dominic Kirwan and many more, will be drawn during the interval at Monday night's concert.

Tickets, priced only €5 per ticket or 3 for €10, are still available.

Tickets for all the concerts can be booked through eventbrite

The Argus