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Cliona Keeps Dancing On!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Dancing with the Stars has been the inspiration for the release of the remixed version of ‘DANCE ON’ From Cliona Hagan

A lively and energetic country beat, Cliona Hagan’s latest release ‘Dance On’ is ideal for fans to jive to as Cliona returns at Easter with a brand new band, fresh from her RTE dancing stints.

Back in 2015, the legendary Philomena Begley said on RTE’s Late Late Show Country Special, to a viewing audience of 1.3 million, that newcomer Cliona Hagan would “very quickly make her mark on the Irish and UK Country Music scene”. Since then, Cliona has not only played to her own packed audiences, but also toured with some of the industry’s greats from Philomena herself, to Derek Ryan and Nathan Carter.
A talented singer, Cliona was asked to step out of her comfort zone away from the Irish Country scene for a short time, when she was announced as a contestant on the third series of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

Tipped as favourite to win, this series has shown Cliona Hagan in a different light to her fans and Irish audiences alike, with her hopes of not only gaining the much-coveted Glitterball trophy - but that country music might also benefit from her role in the show.
Classically trained with a degree in Music - Cliona Hagan's hard work, long hours and dedication to her craft has paid off when most notably, she was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year for the third year running at the Sunday World Awards in January 2019.
An up-tempo country song with a contemporary twist, Cliona Hagan’s latest single ‘Dance On’ is sure to be on the setlist when she embarks on her headline ‘Dance On Concert Tour’, come September, across venues in Ireland.

Dance On is out now, released on the Sharpe Music label.

RIP Daryle Singletary - Country Music has lost another brother.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Country singer Daryle Singletary has died aged 46.
The father-of-four died at his Nashville home early on Monday morning, with his death described as 'sudden and unexpected' byWKRN.
The cause of death has not been revealed.
Singletary had last performed on Friday at The Rodeo Club in Alabama, and had toured throughout the US in the months before his death.

Troy Gentry killed in Helicopter Accident

Friday, 08 September 2017

It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey.
The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford.
Troy Gentry was 50 years old.

Country star Don Williams, ‘the Gentle Giant,’ dead at 78

Friday, 08 September 2017

Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," has died. He was 78.
A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said he died Friday after a short illness.
Williams had 17 No. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner and Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music.
Williams, nicknamed "the Gentle Giant," had a rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style. He toured sparingly, did few media interviews and spent much of his time on his farm west of Nashville.
"It's one of those blessings and curses kind of things," Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1994."If you have the talent, it's a blessing. But there's times that ... a lot of the prices that you have to pay to be a part of it is a curse. But as far as ... the way people have responded to what I've done, there's very few things in my life that I've done that come anywhere close to making you feel exhilarated and humbled and fulfilled and challenged and all that, all at the same time."
His hits included "I Believe in You," ?Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," ?You're My Best Friend," ?Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," ?Till the Rivers All Run Dry" and "Back in My Younger Days." At least one duet with Emmylou Harris made the charts, "If I Needed You" in 1981.
He was also popular overseas, touring in Europe and Africa and charting on British charts. Eric Clapton recorded his "We're More Than Friends" and Pete Townshend redid his "Til the Rivers All Run Dry."
"Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days," said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a statement Friday. "His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant."
He won the Country Music Association's awards for best male vocalist and best single for "Tulsa Time" in 1978.
During his performances, he often walked onstage carrying a cup of coffee, sat on a barstool, sang and chatted amiably with the audience.
Williams also appeared in the movies "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and "Smokey and the Bandit II."
"Farewell, the great Don Williams," said Rosanne Cash on Twitter and quoted from "Good Ole Boys Like Me": "'Those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me/ Hank & Tennessee.' & Don, too."
"One of the greatest to ever sing a country song," wrote Rodney Atkins on Twitter. "I can't write a song without thinking about Don Williams songs. #RIPDonWilliams."
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, but missed the ceremony because he had bronchitis. His last studio album came out in 2014 and he was the subject of a tribute album this year that included performances of his hits by Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton.
Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, and spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. He was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers, then started a solo career in 1971. His first No. 1 hit was "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me" and 42 of his 46 singles landed on the top 10 from 1974 to 1991.