Wednesday 16 January 2019

Country music fans enjoy fantastic evening at Fingallians

Michael Dowling

Fans of country dance were treated to a fantastic evening of country music when Gerry Guthrie and his band performed at Fingallians GAA Club in Swords recently.

Around 130 people from the Northside, Southside and around Ireland saw the new stars of Irish country music play a mix of their own songs and some country classics. The night was organised by local woman Patricia Brady who set up a beginners social dance class in Swords two years ago.

'I learned country dancing myself down the country and I wanted to promote it in my local area. I teach the different dances like jiving, the quick step waltz, line dancing and the fox trot,' said Patricia.

'I organise one concert by an established country music performer every month, to raise the profile of country music here and get people interested. Next month Joe Davitt and his band will be coming to Fingallians on Friday, May 25.

'Locals came to see Gerry and his band because it was a big night but people travelled from around the country as well just because they are huge fans.'

Gerry Guthrie and his band are from Ballina, Co. Mayo and are one of the top up and coming country music acts in Ireland. Patricia was first taught country dancing by Declan Manton in Moate, Co. Offaly and was thrilled when he decided to travel to Swords to see the show.

She wants to raise interest in country music in her area and sees her class as a social outlet for those who attend.

'Country music is growing rapidly in Dublin so I'm trying to help raise its profile. The classes are very much a social activity as well as a chance to learn dancing.

'It's great because people come alone the first time and then they start mixing so it's really enjoyable for everyone involved.'

The class featured on RTE's Stetsons And Stillettos last year when a film crew followed the activities of the class over four days.

'Being on Stetsons And Stillettos really raised the profile of the class and the number of members jumped from eight to about forty or fifty because of it. I'm delighted that it's really starting to take off here.'

Fingal Independent