Billy McFarland is one of Ireland’s most prolific recording artists. The man from Ahoghill, Co Antrim, has been associated with showbusiness since the late 1950s when the music of Guy Mitchell and Pat Boone was much to the fore on both sides of the Atlantic.

The latest album from Billy is Absent Friends, a collection of 14 tracks featuring a blend of country songs and trumpet instrumentals. The album includes two songs penned by Vincent Soye from Down and lovely renditions of Danny Boy, Cold Cold Heart, Too Old To Die Young, Picture In A Frame and Sara’s Song.