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Jimmy Buckley will be on stage in Claremorris this weekend
Jimmy Buckley will be on stage in Claremorris this weekend

Jimmy Buckley returns to Mayo

Michael ComminsGoing Out
Michael Commins

This weekend sees country and Irish music star Jimmy Buckley back in Mayo, where he headlines the Bank Holiday Sunday night dance in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris. Jimmy Buckley and his band will be on stage at 11pm at the Claremorris venue.
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Jimmy Buckley made his television debut on the Gerry Ryan ‘Secrets’ show on RTÉ. The young man from Limerick did enough to impress the nationwide audience with his brand of southern country. His interpretation of the Randy Travis song, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’, was the launch pad for his career in the business.
After his massive hit song ‘Your Wedding Day’ (written by his manager Henry McMahon, one of the original members of The Mainliners band), Jimmy conquered the Irish music scene and he continues to make his mark on the concert scene in England.
With two acclaimed DVDs in the past three years, one recorded in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney and the other at Limerick University, Jimmy has also managed to get extensive exposure on the public service networks in the US and Canada.
His recent up-beat single, ‘Things I should Have Done’, was also composed by his manager Henry McMahon. It was recorded at Spout Studios in Granard, Longford and produced and engineered by Jonathan Owens.

Mark Finn releases new album

ROSCOMMON man Mark Finn is heading down those country roads again. The Loughglynn singer has just released an 18-track album, and things are going well for the popular local entertainer.
“There is a great reaction to the album and I must say I’m delighted with the feedback,” says Mark. “I recorded it at Lake Studios in Cootehall and it is getting plenty of airplays on the local radio stations.
“These are the kind of songs that I enjoy singing and there is still a great demand for this music all over the country.”
The title track, ‘Whiskey Castles’, is especially in demand, while Mark has also included a nice batch of country standards, including ‘Wild Flowers’, ‘Old Flames’, ‘She Thinks I Still Care’, ‘Crystal Chandeliers’, ‘The Farmer’s Daughter’, ‘Always A Fire In The Kitchen’ and ‘Cottage On The Borderline’. Further details can be had from Mark at 086 4089776.

Mick Flavin in Crossmolina
FOR many years Hiney’s of Crossmolina has been an oasis for country bands in the North Mayo region. Week after week the venue has hosted singers from all over Ireland and provided a valuable social outlet for dancers in the region.
Mick Flavin and his band take the road to Crossmolina this Sunday night, where they will provide a top-notch dancing programme for the patrons. The Longford singer released a new album some weeks ago and is busy concentrating on the home circuit this summer.