COUNTRY music star Robert Mizzell has been donning a cowboy hat and performing on stage for the last 25 years.
ne of Ireland's biggest attractions, Mizzell had crowds flocking to the dance and concert venues nationwide until Covid-19 shut them down in March.
With no sign of live entertainment cranking up any time soon, Robert (left) yesterday revealed that he's now temporarily switching careers and is set to become a bespoke furniture maker.
H The Louisiana-born singer, who lives in Co Westmeath with his wife, Adele, and their two young children, tells the Sunday World: "I've traded my guitar for a tool kit for the moment because I need to be doing something.
"It's a tragedy that all the entertainers have been forced off the road. At the moment it looks like we're going to have to paddle our own canoe, so I'm doing some carpentry now that I can't sing.
H "It started during lockdown when I put together a bench for Adele and she loved it. Then I made some for family and friends, and they've been such a hit that I'm now looking at the possibility of turning it into a small livelihood while I'm waiting for the entertainment business to return.
"It's keeping my mental health intact as well, keeping me out of the house and keeping me alive from the wife killing me," he jokes. "Adele loves having me around, but I don't think she wants me around every minute of the day."
One of his unique garden seats donated to the Laura Lynn Foundation has been named the Say You Love Me bench, which is the title of one of Mizzell's hits.
"I made the connection with Laura Lynn after responding to their charity fundraising appeal on Joe Duffy's Liveline last month," he reveals.
H Robert learned his craft growing up with his handyman dad. "I was always working alongside him at painting and decorating and there was a bit of carpentry involved, and that's where I picked it up from. I can turn my hand to most things, which just might be my saviour during these tough times," he adds.
Check out Robert's Facebook page, Mizzell's Dixieland Garden Furniture.