ROCK COUNTRY NIGHT

The public have spoken and the message is loud and clear – Rock Country Night was simply AWESOME.  Once again I’m amazed at the remarkable talent that took part in our Rock Country night, on Friday 11th October, in St. Mary’s Hall. We were promised fun and excitement, we were promised great songs being performed by great singers and wow, they did not disappoint us. The whole night was unbelievable with incredible vocals and performances from all the singers that resulted in a fabulous night of entertainment and laughter.

The atmosphere on the night was mind-blowing as the group of very talented singers from the village and surrounding areas took part in our Rock Country night to perform their favourite Country & Western songs and they did so in tremendous style. The legendary Irish country & western singer Gloria was our Master of Ceremonies and she kept the crowd laughing and eased the nerves of the performers. First up on stage was Walter Brown and he got the evening off to a great start with his performance of ‘Black Hills of Dakota’.  Next to hit the stage was Hugh Carroll and he gave us a smooth rendition of ’Chain of Love’. Fionnuala McQuillan gave us her version of ‘Every Little Thing’ and Michael Lawson treated us to a Kenny Rogers classic ‘The Gambler’. Next up on stage was Martina McDermott who sang her favourite song ‘Mother’s Chair’ and Brid McCabe created an exquisite version of a song recorded by the American country music duo The Judds entitled ‘Mama He’s Crazy’. Ollie McQuillan then gave his delivery of ‘Okie from Muskogee’ and Emma McGorman thrilled us with a timeless Mary Black song entitled ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ with her sister Cliona McGorman playing the violin. Karen Matthews blew us away when she sang ‘Old Flames’ while Martin McCabe produced a great version of ‘Waltzing an Angel’. Finally, Anita Brown brought the roof down when she concluded the show with her performance of ‘The Water is Wide’. I have to say I really enjoyed the show. The performances were blistering and the music was infectious and it just penetrated your body and you just had to dance, clap and YEE-HAW along. The response from the crowd, who came from near and far was great and like me they thoroughly enjoyed the show and were deeply appreciative of their efforts as they clapped, shouted and encouraged all the singers.

I would like to pay special recognition to the main event organiser Ollie McQuillan who just could not have done more to make the night more enjoyable. Robert Brown the music director and producer was instrumental in his leadership for producing the various backing tracks and giving advice to all the singers and, as always, he kept the crowd going. And of course to all the singers who all willingly put themselves forward in what was a marvellous night. A lot of work went into the night and the production of the CD and the fruits of those labours were very evident and you can buy a copy of the CD entitled “Rock Country Classics, The Platinum Collection” for a very reasonable €10. So please contact any of the singers or send an email to pro.rockcorry.monaghan@gaa.ie or send a text message to 086-1041165 with your details and we will get a copy of this fabulous CD to you as soon as possible.