There are good nights and there are great nights and then there are nights like last Friday (18th March) when we hosted our “Rock Country” night which was quite simply OUTSTANDING. This was a night that will not be beaten and will rank up there among the best darn nights ever held in St. Mary’s Hall. The music extravaganza that the audience were treated to was stunning. The hall was packed to the rafters with Country & Western music lovers who were deeply appreciative of the efforts by all performers. We have all heard the songs before a thousand times but the way they performed them certainly set pulses racing and sent a shiver down the spine for their resemblance to the original song. Sean McCaffrey was our Master of Ceremonies and he kept the crowd laughing and eased the nerves of the performers (though in my opinion all the singers looked completely at home, as if performing on stage was something they did every day of the week!!!).
First up on stage was Annette Hillis and she got the evening off to a great start with her performance of ‘What I Got in Mind’. Next to hit the stage was Nuala Boylan and she gave us a smooth rendition of ’Blanket on the Ground’. Ollie McQuillan gave us his version of a ‘Coat of Many Colours’ with Patricia Treanor treating us to a ‘Country Medley’. Next up on stage was Hughie Carroll who sang his favourite song ‘Home on the Range’ and Elaine Tate thrilled us with her style of Dolly Parton’s ‘Nine to Five’. Kelly Crowe then gave her delivery of ‘One Day at a Time’ and Philip Clarke belted out a timeless Don Gibson song entitled ‘A Legend in My Time’. One of the most colourful characters of the night was Irene McCormick who brought the roof down with her performance of ‘Raw Hide’ while Fionnuala McQuillan sang a Tammy Wynette classic ‘Stand by Your Man’. Robert Brown and his son Warren concluded the show with their version of ‘In the Year of Thirty-Nine’.
It was a resounding success and well done to the main event organiser Ollie McQuillan for bringing together such a talented group of singers and many thanks to our musical director Robert Brown who was instrumental in his leadership for producing the various backing tracks and advice for all performers.
Don’t forget you can buy a copy of the CD entitled “The Definitive Rock Country Collection 2011” for €10 so please contact any of the singers or send an email to email@example.com or send a text message to 086-1041165 with your details and we will send a copy to you as soon as possible.
Please click the link below to hear a clip of each song. Enjoy!!!