STORMING THE STAGE Kevin Collins, Ed Holland and Kate Heneghan performing during the Harvest Festival.
Hurricane Highway will return to Westport Town Hall Theatre Westport this Friday, August 2, with another high-octane country-rock show.
Kevin Collins and Ed Holland first formed the band after a chance meeting in a Westport pub in 2014 and they have been producing high-quality music in the American country-rock genre ever since.
Despite their obvious musical chemistry, Ed and Kevin came from vastly different backgrounds, as they explained to Cory Kilbane during an interview for The Mayo News that was published back in December 2017.
“I come from a rock background, singing in a covers band. I was a member of Whitewater. We released three of our own songs over the years, but it was mostly covers that we did,” Ed explained.
“We toured around most of the main pubs and clubs around the country to get some experience. That went on right up until the last few months or a year, until Hurricane Highway really began to take off.”
Kevin’s background, on the other hand, is more in ballads and blues. “I worked with a lot of well-known artists over the years as a back-up musician. I don’t blow my own trumpet on it really, but I’ve been a musician all my life and I’ve had some fantastic times touring the world also,” he said. “I suppose this has been like a new lease for me, because I didn’t really know what to expect when we first began.”
Since forming, they’ve been touring and performing all around the country and further afield.
“It’s refreshing in a way what we are doing. With the music business you do get great experiences and you do get to travel a lot and meet a lot of people, and that is a great reward,” said Ed. “As we say it’s about the journey, not the destination. If you lose track of that you’re not really enjoying it.”
Along the way, they’ve notched up numerous awards and nominations, including Irish TV’s Country Music Video Of The Year award for both 2016 and 2017, for their songs ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ and ‘Make You Mine’, respectively. They were also nominated for Best Live Band and Best Album Of The Year at the 2017 Irish Country Music Awards.
Their 2017 album, ‘Exposed’ went straight to the Number 1 slot of the iTunes chart on its release, and led to the group performing headline slots at the Harvest 2017 Music Festivals in Enniskillen and Westport. This year has proved that the band’s trajectory remains upward, and they were nominated for two Grammy awards.
No strangers to Westport Town Hall, Friday night’s gig will be the third time that they have played at the venue since 2016. With Westport native Ed Holland’s impeccable vocals supported by a selection of top-class musicians, this promises to be a night of high-quality entertainment for all who love country-rock.
For tickets, €18 each, visit www.westporttheatre.com or call the Westport Town Hall theatre box office on 098 28459.