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Nashville in Belfast kicks off this week

This week sees the return of a special week of events celebrating Belfast’s special link with Nashville, a link that goes back over 20 years. That connection has  evolved to include music, cultural and educational exchanges,  tourism and business development in both cities.

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Chase Rice tops us country airplay charts for a second week with ‘Eyes on You’

With Gold-certified hit “Eyes On You” earning the top spot at US Country radio for the second consecutive week on both the Mediabase and Billboard charts, multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice, who performed on the main stage at C2C Festival in March, celebrates the result of years of hard work that have triumphantly culminated in his first No. 1 hit as an artist.

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Carrie Underwood Inducts Kelsea Ballerini into the Grand Ole Opry

Ever since she made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Valentine’s Day in 2015, Kelsea Ballerini, 25, has been absolutely crushing it.

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Grand Ole Opry’s Hal Ketchum, Afflicted by Alzheimer’s, Stops Performing

Singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has retired from performing. An announcement to that effect was posted by his wife, Andrea, on Facebook Sunday (April 14).

“He has been battling this for some time now,” the announcement said, “but because of his love for his fans he continued performing as long as it was possible … Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.”

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US Country Star Joe Nichols Announces first UK tour

Multi-platinum, 4x GRAMMY-nominated US country artist Joe Nichols is set to play his first UK shows this September, in a series of intimate acoustic dates which will bring the ACM, Billboard, CMA, and CMT Award winning singer to London, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, following a headline appearance at Switzerland’s Country Night Gstaad Festival. Tickets for all UK shows are on sale tomorrow at 10am via AltTickets.com:

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Farmers Bash 2019 Is Launched

Last night some of the best in Irish Country Music descended on the big smoke to officially kick off the run up to th Farmers Bash 2019. The foyer of Belfast’s huge SSE arena normally packed for pop events was filled by the strumming of guitars and gentle tones of Johnny Brady and Derek Ryan.

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LANCO’s Advice to Anyone with a “Rival”

LANCO’s Advice to Anyone with a “Rival” 

It seems songs about using your haters as your motivation, with kind of a how-do-you-like-me-now swagger, are making a comeback in country music

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Charles Esten set for Belfast show this Autumn

Charles Esten, former Nashville star and Country singer has announced a Belfast show for the Autumn time as part of his UK tour. He’ll take to the stage at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on October 21st. Tickets go on sale this Friday from the Ulster Hall box office, Ticketmaster outlets and online via  ulsterhall.co.uk and ticketmaster.ie.

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New Music Video from Thompson Square

GRAMMY-nominated Nashville-based duo Thompson Square have today shared the video for latest single ‘Masterpiece’, their debut UK single and the title track of their third album (co-produced with award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Dann Huff (Keith Urban) and Ilya Toshinskiy), released last year to an overwhelming response from fans and critics.

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Kelsea Ballerini to join ‘Grand Ole Opry’

She has wanted this since she was 12 years old.

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