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Family affair for Buckleys as dad Jimmy plans tour with daughter Claudia

Sharing stage: Jimmy Buckley
Sharing stage: Jimmy Buckley
Jimmy Buckley's daughter Claudia

By Hugo Duncan

I had the pleasure of performing alongside Jimmy Buckley at a special fundraising dance in Ardglass last weekend.

It had been some time since I last met up with Jimmy and he was definitely in fine voice.

He is currently taking great pride in the progress that his daughter Claudia is making in her singing career and he tells me that she often shares the stage with him.

Indeed, Jimmy will be undertaking his own special concert tour later in the year and Claudia will also be featured on these shows.

Next week I will be hosting outside broadcasts from Augher, which will be the focal point of the Clogher Valley Show on Wednesday, and from Leitrim Festival near Castlewellan on Friday.

One of my special guests at the show in Leitrim will be the US singer-songwriter Max T Barnes, who is following in the footsteps of his late father, Max D Barnes. Max T is a hugely respected songwriter in his native US.

Meanwhile, Barry Kirwan and his band will be the big attraction at the Ryandale Hotel, Moy, tomorrow week.

This will be Barry's first time to play the venue with his own band and he tells me he is looking forward very much to the occasion.

This weekend he will be on stage with his father Dominic at the latter's annual country music weekend in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

It's some years since Dominic launched this annual event and it has gone from strength to strength in the interim.

Dominic has Jimmy Buckley and his band as guests on stage tonight, while Shawn Cuddy will share the stage with him tomorrow night and there will be a special concert on Sunday afternoon which will feature a number of acts.

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