No Irish writer provided more hit songs for country artists than Johnny McCauley. He penned the numbers that touched the hearts and souls of rural folk in Ireland and across the Irish Sea. When he died in London in 2012 at the age of 87, he left a legacy of songs that will never be surpassed in the annals of the genre of music that he singlehandedly created in these islands.

The genre became known as “Country and Irish” and he was the first man to coin the phrase. He pioneered a lyrical format that tugged at the heart strings and incorporated melody styles that were very much at home in American country music and especially the music of Appalachia and the southern states.