As the vocals of the Ploughing for Stars finalists rang out across the Irish Farmers Journal stand, the cattle to the side of the stage mooed intermittently. Really, it was the most apt of locations for the country songs being sung. A fusion of rural life, representing work on the land and a celebration of culture.

The Ploughing for Stars singing competition took place on both the Tuesday and Wednesday of the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow. There were an abundance of entries following a callout on these pages. A winner was chosen each day, Keelan Greaney on the first and Kendal Moody the second. The prize for both is getting to sing with Mike Denver at one of his gigs.