NASHVILLE SKYLINE IN MONAGHAN AS COUNTRY FESTIVAL REACHES FRENETIC FINALE!

21 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Monaghan emphatically stamped a “place of origin” label on the Irish country music festival phenomenon with a four-day celebration of the genre that came to a rousing finale in The Diamond last Sunday night as thousands cheered and sang, and waltzed and jived, to the performance of Portumna cowboy Mike Denver.

Tommy K The DJ had his adventures reprised to the delight of the fans as Denver worked his way adroitly through an extremely audience friendly set that provided ample opportunities for singalong.

His songlist and the crowd’s reaction to it exemplified the formula that has given Irish country music a new lease of life in recent years – popular Nashville standards and pop classics given a distinctive twang of Irish inflection, combined with a smattering of original compositions and served up in a medley of music purposely designed to get the feet to tap and the hips to swiggle.

Familiarity doesn’t breed contempt where Irish country is concerned, and this explains a good deal of the magnetism that draws its followers to the dance floors, be they located in the indoor venues that are weekly jammed to hear the rolling cast of familiar performers do their thing live, or in the outdoor arenas such as Monaghan Town’s plaza-adorned Diamond over last weekend.

It’s the old showband era repackaged for the iPod generation, drawing the seniors along in its …
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