“I am delighted to be part of this special night and it is a huge honour for me,” reflects Michael. “It is great to see RTE and the Farmers Journal give such a massive platform to the country music. A show like this can only help to bring a whole lot of new people to the business and create a much wider audience.

“This is something people have looked forward to for a long time, a prime time show on RTE honouring country music and its role in the lives of so many people in Ireland. It will be a fantastic night and it will be lovely to be among so many of our own people in country music.

“For me it is also a big honour for my parents and family too. It goes to show just how popular country music is now and how people in various parts of the media have come to realise what an integral part of life it is all over the island of Ireland.”

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