My Country Life - Episode 11: Michael English

Eddie Rowley

Irish country music star Michael English first came to national prominence as a child performing on the Late Late Toy Show.

This would lead to The Boy Wonder being inundated with offers of work and landing his first gig supporting showband legend Dickie Rock while still in school.

The My Country Life podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon.

A chance meeting with Henry McMahon of Big Tom’s band The Mainliners would later set him on the road to success as a country singer… scoring his first big hit with Henry’s song, The Nearest To Perfect.

Here in our My Country Life podcast, Michael takes a trip back in time, recalling Friday night trad sessions in the family home and the sacrifices his parents made to foster their only son’s career.

He talks about working with Louis Walsh, singing for Bono, his love for the fans, his last days with his beloved mother…and the passion that drives his career.


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