All of 45 years have flown by since a young John Glenn took over one of the biggest jobs in Irish country music in 1975. Big Tom had just departed the legendary Mainliners to front a new band, The Travellers.

Speculation was rife as to who would secure the replacement lead singer with The Mainliners and when the news emerged that it was a young lad in his 20s from nearby Crossmaglen, it made national news in The Evening Press and The Evening Herald.