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Gayle is elevated to the Opry - at last

Love balladeer favourite CRYSTAL GAYLE has been singing on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for most of 50 years, but she has never ever been part of the inner circle.

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Status Quo vitally rocking out decades on

Famed for their three chords and loud guitars, Status Quo are hanging up their electrics after one last tour. Before a new acoustic phase begins, frontman Francis Rossi tells ANDY WELCH why they’re still rocking, if a little less vigorously...

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The one and only Jools Holland

Jools Holland set to get the music started in style at Waterfront Hall

The inimitable Jools Holland is heading Belfast-way with his fabulous Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall when the most distinguished musical maestro arrives for a concert at the Waterfront Hall on October 13.

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Kimmie Rhodes will perform at this year's festival

Kimmie Rhodes and Paul Brady lead songwriting talent at BelNash

THE 13th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2017 is set to feature top acts including American country star Kimmie Rhodes, the legendary Belfast Born songwriter Paul Brady and Irish performer Declan O’Rourke in a line-up that will see more than 100 artists take to the stage in March.

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Bellamy Brothers head for Armagh

Dynamic American singing duo the BELLAMY BROTHERS are coming to Armagh city in the New Year to headline a three-day country festival.

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What Katie did next: capturing Georgian choral true girl power

Hailed one of the UK’s leading jazz singers, Katie Melua’s decision to change things up and go it alone could have been described as brave. But the choice paid off, as her startling new album proves, says ANDY WELCH

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Best of British: Daniel Duke.

Daniel scores publishing deal after awards success

Banbridge singer/songwriter Daniel Duke has beaten thousands of other acts to be named the UK’s Best Unsigned Male Act for 2016.

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Dark nights of debauchery led Black Grape to all new funk glory

would have been easy to write Shaun Ryder off after Happy Mondays split in the early-Nineties - but some ‘growing up’ and then a stint in the celebrity jungle transformed everything. As Black Grape’s hit debut album is re-released, the frontman tells ANDY WELCH why he believes people really can change

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George Strait performs River of Love at The 42nd Annual CMA Awards

George’s recording style is ‘Strait’ up

Texas megastar GEORGE STRAIT has just released a new comprehensive three-disc compilation, titled Strait Out of the Box: Part 2.

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Ciaran Lavery has said his career has reached another level

Music prize winner Lavery celebrates reaching 'another level'

Ciaran Lavery has said his career has reached another level.

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Oh Yeah - Ash pick up Northern Ireland music award

Northern Ireland rockers Ash have said they were honoured to receive this year's Oh Yeah Legend Award
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Garth remains the tops in Nashville

The dynamic career of GARTH BROOKS went full circle in Nashville in recent days when he was awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the American Country Music Association.

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Intrepid entertainer Robbie on full charm offensive with new album

Robbie Williams was born to entertain but, as ANDY WELCH discovers, fame hasn’t always been easy for the former Take That star

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Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Renowned singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who penned the haunting classic Hallelujah, has died aged 82.

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Leonard Cohen has died aged 82, according to his official website

Revered singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Renowned singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who penned the haunting classic Hallelujah, has died aged 82.

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Jo Whiley previews Glastonbury 2017

Radiohead announced for Glastonbury

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Eamonn McCrystal in full flow on stage

Why Ulster crooner Eamonn is a rising star of the country scene

Ulster’s very own Eamon McCrystal, a man with a rich, old school timbre to his voice and a recording artist who combines the style of classic balladry with a pop-accessible approach and just the right amount of country and soul inflections, is set to release his tenth studio album, And So It Goes.

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‘Out of great pain comes great songs’ says rocker Jon Bon Jovi

There are many words one could use to describe Jon Bon Jovi.

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The one and only Kenny Rogers

Kenny’s farewell show on Laganside

Kenny Rogers is in Belfast next Tuesday night for what will probably be his last show on these shores.

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Gene Stuart

Nashville to pay tribute to its greats

The American Country Music Association marks its 50th anniversary in Nashville next Wednesday with a glittering awards evening that will look back at some of the great names who were recognised down the years for their classic hit recordings.

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