Country Roads lead to Eglish

ORGANISERS of next week’s Riverbank Festival in Eglish, Co. Tyrone have been credited with securing a major coup with the appearance of Ireland’s two leading country singers.

Considered as one of the smallest villages in Ireland, it is hosting one of this year’s largest music and dance festivals in one of the biggest marquees available in the country, over the second May bank holiday weekend.

Derek Ryan and his band open the weekend with a show that is attracting hundreds of followers across the country. The former lead singer of boy band D-Side, now a prolific songwriter, came to prominence with his first self penned song ‘God’s Plan’. Derek’s last appearance in neighbouring Moy resulted in hundreds being turned away as the doors of the Ryandale were closed within one hour of opening.

On Saturday 25th May the stars of the festival are local villagers who trip the light fantastic in a ‘Come Dancing’ extravaganza with ten couples performing everything from tango to jive. Having taken part in weeks of intensive training, this is the area’s second dance show with their 2010 ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ selling out for two nights. The show will be hosted by Malachi Cush.

The festival finale on Sunday 26th has Ireland’s number one country star Nathan Carter performing his many hits including the huge selling ’Wagon Wheel’. Nathan is credited with having opened Irish country music to a new young generation of dancers. It is expected that his first visit to the tiny Tyrone village will draw an enormous crowd. Recently upwards on 4000 attended his open air concert in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

Tickets for Derek Ryan and Nathan Carter are available from:

Streaks Ahead Armagh, Gene Stuarts Dungannon, Cuba Clothing Dungannon/Omagh/Cookstown, CPS Jordan Cookstown, Hegartys Shop Blackwatertown, Milans Fashions Moy, McCanns Shop Eglish, Dalys Shop Eglish, Scissor Sisters Eglish

A weekend ticket for all three events is also available priced £40 Or PAY AT DOOR.

Further information is available from Kieran (07887928419) or