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Hurricane Highway feel the wind in their sails

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Hurricane Highway feel the wind in their sails

Cory Kilbane

In recent years Westport-based Hurricane Highway have become one of Ireland’s biggest American country rock bands.
Just over three weeks ago, the band added to their list of honours by winning the Video of the Year award at the Irish Country Music Awards in Armagh for the second year running, this time for their song ‘Make You Mine’.
“This year we were hoping we might have been in the ballpark for maybe album of the year, seeing as our most recent one went to Number One. We were nominated as it turned out … and to my surprise we were pipped for album of the year by Nathan Carter, but we won Video of the Year for the second time, so it was great,” band member Kevin Collins told The Mayo News.
“A lot of stuff has been breaking for us in the last few months in the sense that the latest album went to Number One immediately after it was launched,” he said.
The band released their latest album ‘Exposed’ in April 2017 and it skyrocketed to the top of the charts overnight.
“I mean, we woke up to it – we had no idea! A lot of strange things have been happening the last couple of years.
“The band is only together since 2014. Ed Holland and myself, we founded the band and it passed us out ’cause we weren’t expecting what happened to happen. The next thing it took off, and we were a bit shook by it to be honest, because we hadn’t intended for that,” he explained.  
The band might be shooting for the stars, but their feet are firmly rooted in Mayo’s soil.  
“It’s a seven piece band; two girls and five guys. I’m from Old Head and Ed Holland is from Westport, and the two girls are also both from Mayo. We have Kate Heneghan from Castlebar and Áine Coyne from Ballyhaunis. We really are trying to keep it as a Mayo band.”
Tunes and tours
The year ahead is shaping up to be a busy one for the band, with more tunes and tours on the horizon.
“There’s tons of stuff in the pipeline. We are just in the middle of writing a new album and it will probably be out sometime between the middle and end of next year.
“We’ve also been asked by a number of very successful songwriters in America to go over to the States to work with them on some stuff.
“It’s going from strength to strength. Over the next 12 months we’re going to try to get back into touring.
We’ve toured the States twice before, but it’s at a different level now – as in, it’ll be bigger venues this time,” explained Kevin.
“It’s been fantastic, and we were just lucky we were in the right place at the right time.
.It’s going from strength to strength now. We are very grounded, and it’s lovely to be recognised, but you don’t expect it. It’s exciting times for us.”