The Queens of Country reign

The Queens of Country reign
By art reporter ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Some of the most fabulous queens of Irish country music, including the queen herself, Philomena Begley, will be holding court in the Tullamore Court Hotel on September 10 at a special Queens of Country concert.

The event, a fundraiser for Ballinamere GAA , will also feature Cliona Hagan and her band, Louise Morrissey, Gloria, Kathy Durkin, and Stacey Breen, a line-up that guarantees a superb night’s entertainment.

Speaking at the announcement of the concert, Ballinamere clubman Anthony Kearns reflected on the massive surge in popularity of country music as being one of the main influencing factors in the decision to host the show.

“There just seems to be an enormous buzz of excitement around the whole country scene. It’s something that everybody is able to enjoy,” he said.

“If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that we have enjoyment covered. In Philomena Begley, you have a lady who is rightly, and with the warmest of affection, referred to as the Queen of Irish country. Then in Cliona Hagan, you have a young woman who has been to the fore in bringing a brilliant contemporary sense of style and glamour to every stage she sets foot on. And when you add in Louise, and Kathy, and Gloria, you have another three ladies whose names will always feature in any kind of retrospective of country music in Ireland.”

Doors open at 7.30pm on the night of September 10, with the first artists taking to the stage around 8pm. Tickets priced €27.50 are available from the hotel reception.