CHARLEY PRIDE is lined up for a second show at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast in November, underlining the enormous box office appeal of the iconic Mississippi warbler.
The 74-year-old baritone includes Belfast on a 10-date tour of the British Isles, with the Laganside appearances down for Monday and Tuesday November 5-6.
The Monday night show quickly sold out and Aiken Promotions quickly put in place a second night, which will delight Charley’s legion of fans across the Province.
The Big Man is also booked for shows in Bundoran, Dublin, Mullingar and Kilkenny, before moving to London, Liverpool and Glasgow.
On the tour, Charley confirms he is bringing his usual band of top backing musicians from Nashville, and will perform his usual big hits and some of his new material.
Charley first appeared in Belfast in November 1976, at four very memorable concerts in the former ABC Ritz along Fisherwick Place, and his regular visits here since have been automatic sell-outs.
For more than 40 years, the charismatic Charley has been one of the most celebrated performers on the Nashville scene, serenading us with a string of classic hits that included Crystal Chandelier, Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’; All I Have To Offer You (Is Me), Is Anyone Going to San Antone, Just Between Me And You, and Snakes Crawl At Night.
Charley has just released on Music City Records, in digitally remastered CD form, his 1972 gospel album Did You Think To Pray. This includes his masterful interpretation of the On The Wings Of A Dove.
n Texas country roots singer/songwriter KIMMIE RHODES returns to Northern Ireland in November for a series of concerts.
Kimmie, who will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Rhodes, will provide a retrospective set of songs and stories.
She revisits memories of a singing career spanning three decades of honky-tonk nights, movie soundtracks, musical theatre and 12 solo album releases, journeying all the way to freshly penned unreleased tunes.
Her listed concerts are: November 12, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart; November 13, Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland;
November 14, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen; November 16, Old Courthouse, Antrim; November 17, Blaris Music Club, Lisburn.
Kimmie, from Lubbock West Texas, has carved a popular niche with her Americana, alternative and progressive country styles and she makes regular visits to Northern Ireland.
n VINCE GILL is the latest country star to have his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Kentuckian was joined at the cermony by his gospel singing wife Amy Grant and co-star Reba McEntire.
Gill’s star, the 2,478th dedicated on the famous tourist attraction, is located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard.
In addition to his highly successful solo career, Vince is a member of the Time Jumpers, an all-star country band which this week released their self-titled debut album on Rounder Records.
n Nashville headliners Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are nominated for the entertainer of the year accolade at the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards.
The emerging Eric Church grabbed five nominations to lead the chase at this year’s awards’ show. He’s up for male vocalist, album of the year (Chief) and single, song and music video of the year for ‘Springsteen’.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert receive four nominations each, including song of the year for co-writing her hit Over You. Shelton is also nominated for male vocalist and single of the year (God Gave Me You). Lambert is also up for female vocalist, album of the year (Four the Record) and music video (Over You).
Others with nominations in multiple categories include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town.
Veteran Willie Nelson is nominated in the musical event category with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson for the folksy-titled recording Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.
The 46th annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, are scheduled for Thursday November 1.
n Belfast Trad presents a roots musical weekend with Sara Grey, titled ‘Traditional Songs and their Migration’ at the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast this weekend.
Sara, who appears in concert tomorrow night, will share the history of traditional songs which have migrated across the Atlantic and, at the all-day sessions, there will be workshops for singers and guitar and five-string banjo players.
All workshops are £20. For tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07875 094 446.