More than 50 of Ireland’s top country music artists have come together for a new ‘reach out project’, to give fans a much-needed boost with a phone call from their favourite singer.
The campaign is the brainchild of country singer Trudi Lalor and her songwriter husband Billy Morrissey, who felt compelled to do something for their struggling industry, which has been at a complete standstill since March 2020.
Trudi said: “We will be the last to reopen so it is coming up to almost a year since any of us has performed. A lot of us are feeling that impact.
“There is a very strong bond between country music fans and the artists, it is like one big family, we are all friends, country music artists don’t just show up, perform and go home – they meet their fans afterwards and the fans, they call them friends more than fans, so that impact mentally and socially on our fans has been huge”.
Fans and friends can nominate themselves, or a deserving loved one to get a phone call from their favourite Irish country artist.
Stars including Daniel and Margo O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Una Healy, Declan Nerney, Michael English, Paddy O’ Brien, John Hogan, Cliona O’Hagan, Mick Flavin, Foster and Allen, TR Dallas, John McNicoll, Gerry Guthri, Susan McCann, Sandy Kelly, Johnny Carroll, Patrick Feeney, Jimmy & Claudia Buckley, Dominic Kirwin, Kathy Durkin and more have signed on to take part in the heart-warning intitiviate.
“The list is going on and on,” said Trudi. “We just called our friends Daniel, Nathan and Margo and it just snowballed”.
Snowballed indeed. Amid the overwhelming success of ‘reach out’, Trudi and Billy started working on a charity single jam-packed with Irish country talent to be released in the coming weeks.
Speaking about taking part in the campaign, Daniel O’Donnell said: “It’s a good idea, it gives us back a connection with the fans because we’ve been removed from it for a while”.
Daniel’s equally talented sister, Margo O’Donnell added: “It’s the people out there that gave me everything I have, and they’re stuck in their houses, they’re the people we’re trying to reach out to. I just want to reach out and give a little back of what they’ve given me”.
“A lot of people feel very down and depressed about the whole current situation,” said young country crooner Nathan Carter. “So if we can bring a bit of light and positivity to them with a phone call, then we’re happy to do it”.
Tipperary native Una Healy shared her excitement at joining the campaign, adding: “I am delighted to be part of ‘reach out’. I would only love to have a chat with someone who might be feeling low or just need to hear a friendly voice right now.
“We all miss the gigging scene both performers and fans alike so we are all in this together and to pick up the phone and chat is the least I can do.”
To nominate someone you think could benefit from a phone call from their favourite Irish country singer, tune in to Trudi’s Irish Country Music radio show on Tipp FM Sunday Morning’s from 11am or message her on Facebook.