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Big acts join Harvest festival line-up

EntertainmentBy Eddie Rowley
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert

AMERICAN country legend Charley Pride and Nashville TV star Sam Palladio have been revealed as the latest acts set to play Ireland’s biggest ever country music festival this August.

The brand new Harvest 2017 event, which also sees U.S. superstar Miranda Lambert and Sunday World columnist Nathan Carter headlining the all-star bill, will run for two days in Westport House and Enniskillen.

The artists who play Westport House on the Saturday will perform in Enniskillen on Sunday and vice versa.

Each venue will have two days of live entertainment, with 40 international and Irish acts performing across four different music stages.

The full festival experience also includes a food village, market stalls, funfair, full bars and camping options including glamping, campervan facilities and a family camping area.

Festival-goers will get the chance to get up close and personal with hit songwriters at the Harvest Café performance stage, hosted by Irish singer-songwriter Pete Kennedy.

 

Harvest Café will introduce fans to songwriters like Earl Bud Lee, who wrote Friends in Low Places for Garth Brooks and One Night at a Time for George Strait.

Home-grown songwriters will include Limerick man Don Mescall, whose songs have been covered by everyone from Rascal Flatts to Boyzone, and Megan O’Neill, whose song Don’t You featured in the Nashville TV drama.

Irish country artists include Una Healy, Cliona Hagan, Lee Matthews, Donna Taggart, Niamh Lynn, Catherine McGrath, Hurricane Highway and Riah Butler.

The country scene in Britain has also produced some exciting new acts in recent times and The Shires, Ward Thomas and Frankie Davies are all on the bill. Nathan Carter’s young brother, Jake, who has just launched his career, is also set to be one of the highlights.

British-born singer and actor Sam Palladio, from Kent, has made his mark in the Nashville TV series. He also enjoyed a hit this side of the pond with the Una Healy duet, Stay My Love.

The much-loved country great Charley Pride shot to fame in the mid-70s and became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.