Country Cuts September 2012

Publication of the Country Music Association Of Ireland. 

Founded January 1969. )
During the
next couple of weeks,  Arlo Guthrie, Justin Townes Earle, Steve
Forbert and Frank Vignola will all play shows in Ireland. Tickets for
all shows are now available through
or from the venues. Here’s a list of where and when for your
TOWNES EARLE + Maeve Dunphy
Wed 5th
Sept – DUBLIN, Whelan’s.
Thu 7th Sept – BELFAST, The
Black Box.
Fri 31st
August – ROSCREA, Co.Tipp. Damer Court Hotel. Sat 1st Sept – GALWAY,
Town Hall Theatre. Sun 2nd – CARRIG ON BANNOW, Co.Wexford. Colfer’s.
Wed 5th –
KILWORTH, Co.Cork. Village Arts Centre. Thu 6th – CORK, The Pavilion
Fri 7th – LIMERICK,

Sat 8th –
DINGLE, Co.Kerry. St. James Church (SOLD OUT). Mon 10th – MILTOWN
MALBAY, Co.Clare.Market House Theatre. Tue 11th – TRAMORE,
Co.Waterford.Murph’s Bar.
Thu 13th –
BELFAST, The Black Box. 
Fri 14th – RATOATH, Venue
Sat 15th – CULDAFF, mcGrory’s.
Sun 16th –
SLIGO, Hawks Well Theatre.
Wed 19th – DUBLIN, The Button Factory.
VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO + David Browne-Murray
28th –
30th Sept – CULDAFF, Inishowen International Guitar Festival. 
1st Oct – GALWAY, The Crane. 2nd – KILWORTH, Village Arts Centre.
3rd –
DUBLIN, Whelan’s. 
4th – BELFAST, Black Box.
10th October – DUBLIN, Whelan’s. 
Thu 11th – BELFAST, Errigle Inn.

32 years of great music the Cork Folk Festival which runs from 3
October will once again present a packed international line-up for
2012. Headlining this year’s festival will be one of folk music’s
finest troubadours, Paul Brady who last played the Cork festival in
1985.  As well as Paul Brady, The festival also features ace
accordionist Máirtín Ó ‘Connor, USA fiddler Liz Carroll, Declan
O Rourke, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (UK), Kan (UK),
Guidewires (Ire/Brittany), Session Americana (USA), Pete Quinn &
The London Lasses (Ire/UK), Kilfenora Céilí Band, The Outside Track
(Canada), The Raw Bar Collective, and Serge Desaunay (France).

fans will be delighted with the news that Peter Rowan is back in
Ireland for a short tour from Monday Sept. 3 to Thursday Sept 6. for
the following shows. Monday, 3 September.

Whelan’s – Dublin .

Tuesday, 4 September.

Kilworth Arts Centre – Co Cork.
5 September
Castle – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

Thursday, 6 September.
Crane Bar – Galway.
winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass
singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his
early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill
Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry
Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and
bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through
his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects,
and constant touring.

biggest stars of the Irish Country Music Scene will gather in
Killarney from September 7
to 9
for the Big 2012 Country Music Dance Weekend hosted by Kerry’s own
Dermot Moriarty. You can

expect to hear all your favourites including Mike Denver, Declan
Nerney and Jimmy Buckley as well as performances by Paddy O’Brien,
Michael Collins, Patrick O’Sullivan, Eddie Lee and James Kelliher.
Whether you like to dance the night away or simply sit back, relax
and enjoy some fantastic music, then this music extravaganza is not
to be missed,” says Dermot Moriarty. The Gleneagle Hotel are
offering special entertainment packages including admission to all
the entertainment, two nights B&B plus entertainment costs from
€119per person sharing and three nights B&B plus entertainment
costs from €165pps. Tickets are also available on the door, nightly
admission is just €20 per person and a three night pass costs just
€45. For further information visit  

singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson will kick-off the release of his new
for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran 
a momentous concert. The night will feature Jamey with a very a
special group of friends at Nashville’s Historic Ryman
Auditorium and will coincide with the street date of the
album. Tickets will go on sale Friday Sept. 7th at 10 am. To
purchase ticket please visit
next album 
for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran 
is set
for a September 25th vinyl release  and will include legends
like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Leon Russell, Vince
Gill, Emmylou Harris and Ray Price. The album also features Asleep at
the Wheel, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Ronnie Dunn, Bobby Bare,
Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson and Cochran himself.  Along
with Jamey, they’re singing such Cochran hits as “I Fall To
Pieces,” “Make the World Go Away,” “Don’t Touch
Me,” “Would These Arms Be In Your Way” and “A-11.”
 The album features a total of 16 all-time hits from the pen of
Hank Cochran, a mentor to artists such as Willie Nelson and
Merle Haggard.
Records Presents the New Single From Ireland’s Recording Duo
Thomas Maguire and Fhiona Ennis “I Wanna Be Married”. “I Wanna
Be Married” is yet another lively and up-tempo track from duetting
partners Thomas & Fhiona which has been recorded at their very
own recording facility “Blacksmith Studio’s” in Co
As always they deliver the song in their own unique and
quirky country style in a quality recording featuring some of the
finest session musicians around.
Thomas and Fhiona are in the
middle of a very busy summer schedule having just returned from
Scotland. Over the next few months they embark on two tours to the UK
and one which see’s them make a return to The Shetland Islands
where they have built up a loyal following since their first visit
there last year. 2012 has been a successful year in terms of awards
which has seen them voted “Vocal Duo Of The Year” at the Hot
Country Television Awards, “Duo Of The Year” at The Farmer’s
Journal Irish Country Sound Awards and “Country & Irish Duo
Of The Year 2012” at The Tipp. FM Country Music Awards. “I
Wanna Be Married” will feature on their next album which is
expected to be released in Dec 2012 along with their very first DVD
Morrissey has just released a brand new album called “Home Sweet
Home” and has sent out an invitation to all her loyal followers
to join her and help her launch the album at The Riverside Hotel,
Enniscorthy, Co Wexford,on Monday Oct.8th. and at the Firgrove Hotel,
Mitchelstown, Co.Cork, on Tuesday Oct. 9th. Louise is delighted with
the way the album has turned out and to help her celebrate the
release she has enlisted the aid of special guests including Paddy
O’Brien, The Fureys, John Mc Nicholl, Mick Flavin, Theresa & The
Stars and Tony Keogh MC at the concert in Enniscorthy, and special
guests Jimmy Buckley, Shaun O’Dowd, Patrick O’Sullivan, Morrissey &
Daniels, Daniel O’Double (Featuring Gary Gamble) , and The Ryan
Turner Band will be on hand in The Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown,
Co.Cork, on Tuesday Oct 9th, for the launch. Norman Morrissey will be
the compere for this show. Both shows are fully seated concerts and
tickets @ €20.00 each will be available on the door.
Pic: Roger
Ryan, Louise Morrissey, John Mc Nicholl.
BMI will
celebrate the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall by naming
him a BMI Icon at the company’s 60
. The private
ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at BMI’s Music Row
building in Nashville.
BMI Icon
award is given to
songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on
generations of music makers.” An all-star musical tribute will pay
homage to Hall, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Billy
Sherrill, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac
Hayes, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the
Bee Gees, Bobby Braddock, Ray Davies, James Brown and more.Tom T.
Hall is one of the original master craftsmen of country music, a
distinct voice who elevated the art form by staying true to himself
and fostering a sincere respect for his listeners. Like the most
expertly crafted short stories, Hall’s songs are detailed
vignettes, vivid and familiar thanks to his unwavering devotion to
the sharply drawn characters who populate them. The Kentucky native’s
approach earned him the nickname “The Storyteller.” As a
recording artist, Hall had seven No. 1 singles, all self-penned: “A
Week in a Country Jail” (1969–70), “The Year That Clayton
Delaney Died” (1971),“(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine”
(1972–73),” “I Love” (1973–74), “Country Is” (1974), “I
Care” (1974–75), and “Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)”
(1976). The Grammy winner also famously wrote smashes for others,
including “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” which Jeannie C. Riley took to
No. 1 on country and pop charts in 1968, as well as “The Pool
Shark,” a chart-topper for Dave Dudley; “(Margie’s at) the
Lincoln Park Inn” and “That’s How I Got to Memphis ,”
recorded by Bobby Bare; and “Little Bitty,” a mega-hit for Alan
Jackson in the late 90s. Hall has earned a total of 31 BMI Awards for
songwriting spanning country and pop genres, and six of his songs
have accumulated more than one million performances each. In 2008, he
was welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011,
songwriters Eric Brace and Peter Cooper produced their own take on
seminal 1974 children’s album
of Fox Hollow
. The project, I
Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow
featuring top-tier roots artists delivering new versions of the
classic songs, was nominated for a Grammy, reflecting the
undiminished resonance of Hall’s music.In addition to Americana, it
should also be noted that since Hall’s retirement from touring, he
has enjoyed mega writing success in the worlds of both traditional
and modern bluegrass music and old time country, as well as classic
and progressive country. He has collaborated extensively with his
wife Miss Dixie, and the Halls were named SPBGMA Songwriter of the
Year for 10 consecutive years, garnering them the Master’s Gold and
Grand Master’s Gold award. It is never surprising to see as many as
five or six Hall compositions at a time in the bluegrass charts,
several of them reaching No. 1, such as “Bill Monroe For
Breakfast,” which Hall recorded himself; a new version of “That’s
How I Got To Memphis” by Charlie Sizemore; “Clinch Mountain
Mystery” by The Larry Stephenson Band; “Train Songs” by Ralph
Stanley II; “Train Without a Track” by Junior Sisk and Rambler’s
Choice; and “The Boys In Hats and Ties” by Big Country Bluegrass,
just to name a few. Hall’s personal story is also uniquely tied to
BMI: He met Miss Dixie, his wife of 45 years, at the 1965 BMI Country
Awards in Nashville.
Williams Day, Saturday, September 15, 2012
On Monday,
September 17, 1923, the world received the gift of Hiram Williams and
on Saturday,
September 15, 2012,
nearly 89 years later, the celebration of the gift of Hank continues!
Laying (9:00 AM):
lawyers, roughnecks, accountants, cowboys, laborers and every other
ilk of Hank fan from around the world will start the festivities at
Oakwood Cemetery Annex with the traditional wreath laying, a touching
ceremony that’s not to be missed.
and Collectors Fair, Live Music & Food (Museum open 10:00 AM-5:00
number of new vendors and many of your old favorites will be on hand
beginning at 10:00 AM and they’re sure to have that perfect Hank
collectable or piece of memorabilia that has eluded you all these
11:00 AM
, legendary Montgomery disc
jockey, and CMA Award Winner, Dr. Sam will emcee a musical program
featuring great

guitar playing, fiddles, upright bass, old country songs and, of
course, steel guitar, to bring you those lonesome sounds. Unique
voices, beautiful voices, opinionated people, open minded people and
people that are smarter than me will share a common voice, one that
celebrates the gift of Hank.
are a bunch of you folks out there that are receiving these messages,
but have never actually garnered the gumption to come to a show at
the Hank Williams Museum. C’mon out! It’s big fun and we don’t
hardly ever bite..
Admission of $15 for non-members, and only $5 for members and
children ages 3-12; includes a meal ticket, a tour of the museum, the
collectors fair and a live celebration of the music of Hank Williams!
Hank Williams Museum Calendar:

The new 2013 Hank Williams Museum Calendar “The Recording Years”
will be available beginning September 15
for $10.
to Stay?
, (1 block from Museum) Call
334-269-5055 for reservations and mention the code “Sweet Home
Alabama” to get a special rate.
Inn and Suites
, (Located next door
to us) call 334-265-1010 and mention Hank Williams Museum for your
special rate.
Bluff Cottage
(551 Clay Street,
Montgomery) 334-264-0056
the Good Lord’s Willing, and the Creeks don’t rise, we’ll see you
September 15th!
back! Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will team up for the fifth
straight year to co-host the Country Music Association Awards
telecast. The Country Music Association confirmed the news on Twitter
and Facebook with a picture of the two stars during a photo shoot.
The CMA Awards show will air Nov. 1 on ABC.TV. Performers, presenters
and nominees for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Grand Ole Opry

honour one its most beloved members, Loretta Lynn, with a Sept. 25th
show celebrating her 50
Opry Anniversary. Among the artists scheduled to participate in the
celebration are Lynn, her sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda
Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, and Pistol Annies, who will be
making their Opry debut. Lynn joined the Opry family on Sept. 25,
1962. Among the hundreds of accolades she has received in the years
since are three Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association Awards
including the first female artist to win the coveted Entertainer of
the Year (1972),  induction into the Country Music and
Songwriters Halls of Fame, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Toner is Ireland’s best-known Bluegrass and Roots Singer-Songwriter,
Instrumentalist, and Band Leader, with three Award Winning CDs to his
credit on the Avalon Records Label. His CDs have been at the number
one slot in the Air Play Direct Bluegrass/Folk download charts for
the past year, and his songs have been recorded by the Nashville
Bluegrass Band, The Special Consensus, Al
Lee and Bill Wyman. [ Rolling Stones ] Niall’s instrumental, Nun’s
Island Reel was included on the soundtrack of GTA IV, the
best-selling Video game in history, and he is also well-known for his
weekley Radio Show, Roots Freeway, on RTE Radio One, Ireland’s
National Radio Station. Niall has now signed to Pinecastle Records in
the US, and his first release for that Label features eleven original
songs and tunes, produced and recorded in Nashville, by Keith Sewell.
[ Lyle Lovett, Sam Bush, Dixie Chicks, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs ]
Rob Ickes played Dobro, Ashby Frank was on Mandolin, Viktor Krauss
played Bass and Keith played Guitar, Fiddle and Piano. Niall sings
Vocals and plays Mandolin, and backing vocals are provided by Wendy
Buckner, Shawn Pody and Keith.
There’s hardcore ‘Grass with
William Smith Monroe and The Burren Backstep, Roots/Americana with
Judge and Jury and Way Of A Wanderer, co-written with Keith Sewell, a
tribute to the late Earl Scruggs, the Pride and Joy Of Shelby, also
written with Keith, a strong touch of the Irish with Niall’s Sweet
Bunclody Girl, a brush with Jazz on Bling, written with Barry and
Holly Tashian, and a couple of Acoustic Country duets with Wendy
Buckner, Lock and Key, and Tomorrow, also co-written with Keith
This Album is an eclectic mix of Roots Music from an
Irishman with a strong Musical pedigree, who has spent a lifetime
absorbing the traditions of the Masters. His Songwriting and his many
musical talents bring a fresh, new sound to the great body of Music
we call

Onwards and Upwards is officially released on September the 25th at
the Pinecastle Records Showcase at Jack’s Barbecue on Lower Broadway
during WOB at IBMA 2012 in Nashville, TN.
  1. Steel
    Guitar Festival.
2012 Irish Steel Guitar Festival will take place on the weekend of
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October. The venue will be as last
year, The Green Isle Hotel, Dublin. (Tel: 00353 (0)1 4593 406) and a
special accommodation rate will be available for those attending the
show – details to be announced soon. This year’s featured player is
Terry Crisp who is pictured below.
TOUR IN 2013

Country legend’s FINAL tour to
visit approximately 60 cities & Plans to record a new album in
the near future. In 2013, George Jones, the country music icon often
referred to as the “the greatest living country singer”
will mark the end of an era with a farewell tour for his fans titled
“The Grand Tour”. After over fifty years of touring, Jones
has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his
wife, children and grandchildren. Jones was quoted as saying “It
is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come”. As a
tribute to his loyal fans he wants to tour one more year and let them
know, this will be his last. The Grand Tour will visit approximately
60 cities in 2013. The star will perform many of his hits such as
“White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,”
“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I Don’t Need Your
Rockin’ Chair”. The legend also plans to record a new studio
album for the fans, and Dolly Parton has been writing songs for him.
It will be an album he loves and wants to do. There is no scheduled
street date at this time. After a brief bout with an upper
respiratory infection earlier this year, Jones has returned to the
road. Fans can see him at his upcoming concerts listed here or at
The Grand Tour will visit
approximately 60 cities in 2013. The star will perform many of his
hits such as “White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her
Today,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I
Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”. The legend also plans to record
a new studio album for the fans, and Dolly Parton has been writing
songs for him. It will be an album he loves and wants to do. There is
no scheduled street date at this time. After a brief bout with an
upper respiratory infection earlier this year, Jones has returned to
the road. Fans can see him at his upcoming concerts listed at

George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist
of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade
since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits
to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy
Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was
presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award this year and
holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an
active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each

For more information on George Jones, please visit

Daniel O’Donnell Attracts Thousands to Killarney
singing sensation, Daniel O’Donnell travelled to Killarney recently
for a series of sold-out Concerts at the INEC. Over 10,000 tickets
were sold across the five night run (August 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19)
and fans in their thousands descended on the town bringing a much
welcomed boost to business in what has proved to be a difficult
season to date. Fans travelled from their homes in Australia,
Canada, United States, England, Scotland and Wales, not forgetting
his countless fans from all over Ireland. The feedback from all who
attended was complete elation and this series of concerts was
welcomed with delight by all hoteliers, restaurants and shops not
only in Killarney but in the entire region, as many of Daniel’s fans
remained for extended visits. “Daniel O’Donnell’s popularity is
unfaltering,” says Patrick O’Donoghue Managing Director of the
INEC and Gleneagle Hotel, “and once you have attended one of his
shows, it is easy to understand why.” The fact that the five INEC
gigs are Daniel’s only concert dates this summer has meant that the
demand for tickets has been phenomenal and all five shows sold out.
Prior to the shows Daniel
spoke of his delight to be going back to Killarney, “I’m really
looking forward to heading down to Killarney,” says Daniel, “I am
absolutely thrilled and amazed at the amount of people who are coming
to see the shows.” “I’m delighted to be performing at the INEC
and I’ll be joined by my full band and touring partner Mary Duff.
You can expect to hear all the hits and songs that have become big
show favourites through the decades including Stand Beside Me, My
Donegal Show, I Just Want To Dance With You and I Need You.”
Daniel, as always, made time
following each concert to chat with his fans.

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