Ireland’s First Lady Of Country Music, Susan McCann brings her very special String Of Diamonds Concert to glór this May.
After a hugely successful concert tour in 2022, and not being able to tour in 2023 due to overcoming health issues, Susan McCann is delighted to bring her own concert tour back on the road. It is sure to be a wonderful night of music and entertainment with Susan as she takes a trip down memory lane, performing with her live band. Susan’s special guest for this tour will be her granddaughter, Sinead, who will join Susan on stage and perform some special duets including the hugely popular “Grandpa Tell ‘Bout The Good Old Days.’
Also joining Susan on stage will be her husband of over 50 years, Denis Heaney, on accordion, her manager and mentor for all those years.
Susan’s hit songs spring to mind whenever the First Lady of Country’s name is mentioned such as Broken Speed of the Sound of Loneliness to her first number one Big Tom is still the King to her European Gold Star Award winner in Holland While I Was Making Love to You to the multi-lingual When the Sun Says Goodbye to the Mountains – some of which she sings in French.
She made six appearances on the iconic Grand Ole Opry and at Florida’s famous Strawberry Fair where she entertained two former US Presidents George Bush (Snr) and George W Bush as well as General Norman Schwarzkopf, famously know as Stormin’ Norman
There is no stopping Susan, who is a household name in Irish Country Music and even after over 40 years in showbusiness she continues to diversity, forge new career paths, win awards and gain even greater admiration for her talents from fans and music industry chiefs both at home and abroad. What is the secret of her success in the competitive cauldron that the Country music scene in Ireland and internationally can be? Well perhaps it is down to the sincerity she has shown since starting out as a teenage singer at 16 of always putting the fans first and to diversify for their demands.
Awards have come her way aplenty, over 50 in total, with the latest being inducted into the UK’s Country Music Hall of Fame in November 2017, only the second performer from Northern Ireland to get this honour, the other being her great friend from the music scene Philomena Begley in 2003. Susan’s winning ways go back even further than the aforementioned European Gold Star Award (Country music’s equivalent of the Eurovision) in 1982 to twice winning the International Country Singer award in the hotbed of Country, Texas, USA. The awards include RTE’s Singer of the Year for five successive years as well as being voted Ireland’s National Entertainer of the Year and being presented in 2010 with The Sunday World Hall of Fame Award and the Northern Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award. The array of Gold Discs and Silver Discs that adorn the walls of her home in Newry are testament to her massive album sales over the years.
Across the Atlantic in the home of Country, Nashville, Susan’s unique singing style was quickly spotted too by the man who launched Dolly Parton to stardom, Porter Wagoner. Similar to Dolly he sang with her on his popular network TV show and produced two of her best-selling albums in his Fireside Studios. Speaking on his TV show Porter Wagonor said: “This lady from Ireland is so talented that I invited her to the US to sing on TV with me”. That’s praise indeed from the man who discovered Dolly Parton and launched her career.