A KING AND FOUR QUEENS – MONAGHAN COUNTRY FESTIVAL 2015 DRAWS A WINNING HAND!

2 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em…” Irish country music’s favourite adopted son Robert Mizzell was taking a leaf out of the book of Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler when he posed for Rory Geary’s picture at Friday’s launch of the Monaghan Town Country Music Festival 2015.

The Louisianan, one of the “kings” of the country scene, paired up with four of the “queens” of the occasion – Festival Committee Secretary Julie Brannigan, Nancy McKenna (wife of Festival founding force the late Willie McKenna), Monaghan’s own fabled country songstress Gloria, and Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD and Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. A winning hand if ever there was one!

This year’s Festival, running from July 16-19, will showcase female country talent with a special Ladies Lunch Time event at Monaghan Co Museum on the Saturday – an addition to the bill especially hailed by Minister Humphreys on Friday, who predicted that tickets for the occasion would be “like gold dust” (Admission to this free concert will be by ticket only because of limited seating, and tickets are obtainable at the Museum premises at The Hill in Monaghan Town).

Warm and affectionate tribute was paid at the launch to the memory of the late former Monaghan Co Council member Willie McKenna, who had taken particular pride in the establishment and outstanding success of the festival, which is now entering its third year.

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