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Golden Trumpet Johnny Carroll has had a remarkable career spanning 63 years in showbusiness


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Single: Carroll cover of Come Dancing

Single: Carroll cover of Come Dancing

Single: Carroll cover of Come Dancing

JOHNNY Carroll, known as 'the man with the golden trumpet', has had a remarkable career spanning 63 years in showbusiness.

And the ever youthful Johnny is still as passionate about performing and recording.

Sadly, due to Covid-19, Johnny has been unable to do live performances this year.

"Hopefully it won't be too long until I'm back out there doing live music again," Johnny says.

Meanwhile, the Galway-based entertainer has released a new single, Come Dancing, a cover of the hit by British rock group The Kinks from 1982.

Success

Johnny started out in the business as a teenager when he joined the Premier Aces.

He later enjoyed success with popular showband, The Magic Band, before taking the leap into the spotlight as a solo artist.

Johnny became a household name following the success of his solo album, A Touch Of Class, and he has remained one of our must-see performers to this day.

Cooney’s song is a love ode

COUNTRY singer, songwriter and Midlands 103 radio presenter Joe Cooney’s new self-penned song is a eulogy to his beloved wife Marion.

The song, Hammersmith Broadway, is named after where they met in London.

“It was written as a token of my love for Marion, my beautiful wife of 40 years, for sticking with me through thick and thin,” Joe says.

“As the song goes, ‘Through it all we had our ins ‘n’ outs, ups and downs, screams and shouts. Arms around me you held me tight, even in the darkness it felt just right’.

“It’s our story, everybody has one, and every word is true.”

Pat C & Georgette get to team up on single

IRISH country singer and musician Pat C Hayes has teamed up with Georgette Jones on his latest single, We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds.

Georgette, of course, is the daughter of the late George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

This is a dream come true for Pat, who is a huge fan of George Jones.

He met Georgette many years ago in Belfast, and the pair stayed in touch. When Georgette this year put up a post on Facebook about doing collaborations, Pat jumped at the opportunity and they worked together on Zoom.

A native of Co. Wexford, Pat has a long track record in Irish country music. He was a member of the late, great Larry Cunningham's band for many years.

Rising stars of country shine

JOIN me on Opry le Daniel this Tuesday on TG4 at 9.30pm when we feature some of Ireland’s rising stars of country.

I’ll be joined by Chantelle Padden (right), Simon Peters, David James, Gary Fitzpatrick and Shauna McStravock, who prove that the future of country is in good hands.

It’s great to see so many young people taking over the baton in country music and carrying it from one generation to the next.

Of course, it’s tough times for the entertainers at the moment, but everything passes and country music will eventually bounce back stronger than ever.