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Northern Ireland songwriter Ben Glover scoops top honour at awards

By David Young

Published 04/02/2016

Delighted: Ben Glover
Delighted: Ben Glover

A song by Northern Ireland songwriter Ben Glover has scooped a top honour at the UK Americana Music Awards in London.

Blackbirds, which was written by the Glenarm man and American singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, was named International Song of the Year at the gala showbiz event.

A clearly ecstatic Glover said on social media last night that he was "completely thrilled" by the award.

"Absolutely delighted that Blackbirds has just won International Song Of The Year at the AMAUK16 awards! Start the party, Gretchen Peters!" he tweeted.

The International song of the Year honour was presented to Ms Peters by actress Elizabeth McGovern, best known in the UK for her role as the Countess of Grantham in the hit TV series Downton Abbey.

Peters is currently on tour in the UK.

Glover moved to live in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, in 2009.

Blackbirds first appeared on his 2014 album Atlantic before being recorded by Peters on a 2015 album she named after the song.

Ben's musical influences include Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

The Daily Telegraph listed his Atlantic album as being among the best country music albums of 2014.

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