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Castlebar musician stars in latest Nathan Carter video


ON LOCATION The Nathan Carter video featuring Sal Heneghan was filmed in Grafton Street and other familiar areas of Dublin.  Pic: Facebook

Oisín McGovern

A Castlebar musician has reached for the stars by featuring in the latest music video from leading Country and Western singer Nathan Carter.
Sal Heneghan, whose family are steeped in music, stars in the music video for Carter’s latest single ‘Sarah Jane’.
The lively toe-tapper tells the story of a busker (Carter) who falls for the fiddle-playing ‘Sarah Jane’ (Sal) while performing on Dublin’s iconic Grafton Street.
The 20-year-old told The Mayo News how the opportunity to work with the ‘Wagon Wheel’ star came about.
“I do a show in Galway called Mise Éire and someone who knew Nathan saw me and got in contact with me saying that they were looking for someone to do the video. They told Nathan and his manager John Farry about me and they sent me a text one day asking would I be interested,” said Sal.
The video, which premiered on Facebook last Wednesday, has already garnered tens of thousands of hits online.
Sal described working with the country music star as a ‘brilliant’ experience.
“We started at half seven in the morning and it was just me and Nathan and two cameramen. It was great fun. He is so lovely. We got on so well and he made the experience so much fun,” she said.
“There were loads of people coming up to him and it was just great craic. We were filming from half seven until half one. He did his bits in the morning before I even came. His brother Jake came along at the end.”
Sal, who is also an accomplished piano and harp player, doesn’t feature on the recording of the song despite having learned the tune for the shoot.
A musical family
A third-year student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in the University of Limerick, Sal regularly gigs with her sisters Kate and Maggie as well as the Mise Éire and Celtic Steps shows.
Hailing from such a musical family, she is hoping to ‘follow in Kate’s footsteps’ after graduating.
She says: “She did my course two years ago and now she’s a professional musician. We both do tours and we’re always playing and gigging together. With my other sister Maggie, the three of us do a trio ensemble for weddings all the time, my brother Paddy and my mother (Maura) play and sing as well so we’re always playing in the house together.”
Despite government restrictions cancelling virtually all her wedding bookings, Sal has been busy at work recording her debut album, which will be released in the coming weeks.
“I haven’t really been doing much else besides the CD, it’s been very time-consuming,” she says.
“I started recording that in June when you were allowed meet at a two-metre distance. I only finished it about a month ago. With the video and everything it’s been great. I recorded it with Stephen Doherty who’s a musician himself in Foxford. He’s been brilliant to work with.”
She adds: “My mam and Kate were there full-time, so it was great to have them there listening to everything. They basically produced my album for me, so it was great to have another set of ears.”
Sal says her sister Kate – who made headlines when she was left stranded on a Covid-stricken cruise ship with her bandmates earlier this summer – has been ‘doing great’ since returning home from Australia.
“Thank God she’s home. Mam was worried sick about her,” she says.
“She’s actually moving to Belfast now to begin her Masters in music composition. It’s great to have her home and safe and everything. We’re always learning and playing tunes together.”