“AN ATMOSPHERE LIKE GLASTONBURY” – ROBERT MIZZELL SETS THE SCENE FOR MONAGHAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

2 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

“The last time I stepped on stage at the Monaghan festival, it was like being in Glastonbury – the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic!”

So stated Ireland’s favourite Louisianan Robert Mizzell when he supplied the closing (verbal) notes for last Friday’s official launch of the Monaghan Town Country Music Festival 2015.

The exhibition gallery of Monaghan Co Museum echoed, with infectious incongruity, to intermittent cheers of the “Yee-har!” variety as the invited guests, many of them in appropriate attire, indulged in their own prelude of the big July event when a comment of a speaker struck their fancy.

A stellar line-up of performers was unveiled for the Thursday, July 16-Sunday, July 19 jamboree, now entering only its third year but already established as a music festival calendar highlight both nationally and internationally.

In addition to Robert Mizzell, who headlines the Thursday night bill, Derek Ryan, Mike Denver and Jimmy Buckley will lead the performances on each successive night, with an impressive complement of supporting acts.

A new feature of this year’s bill is a Ladies Lunch Time event on the Saturday which, much to the approval of Government Minister Heather Humphreys, will showcase some of the best female talent on the Irish country scene.

Tickets for the festival are available from Monaghan Town’s Westenra Arms Hotel. Admission is €10 per night, while a weekend pass is available for €35. Tickets for the ladies show can be obtained at the Co Museum.

Like some of the best country songs, the launch event had its celebratory tone tinged with sadness and fond recollection as memories were shared of the late Willie McKenna, the former Monaghan Co Councillor and community man who was one of the prime movers in the festival’s establishment.

Organising committee member Liam Stirrat said it fell to his brief to address the launch …

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