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Craic was sky-high at concert for Air Ambulance

Rodney Connor

I have always appreciated how country music can have a unifying effect within communities. And this was most evident at the O'Cathain Arm in, Drumquin last Sunday, with a concert held in support of the Air Ambulance.

It was a pleasure to perform alongside the likes of Malcolm Coulter, Darren Burke, Country Features, Declan Burke, Ritchie Remo and the Singing Diggerman himself, Andy Lowry, among others.

Indeed, it was Andy, the organiser of an annual show in Drumquin, who put together this extra concert in aid of the Air Ambulance.

Joe Mahon was also on the bill, and there was no lack of craic and banter.

Naturally, we exchanged our customary greetings when he had finished.

"Joe," I said to him, "my ambition is to do a duet with you. I think it could boost my career. I don't know where it might boost me to, but I'm willing to take my chances - the sky's the limit!"

Rodney Connor was there to represent the Air Ambulance and there was a great feel to the event.

Everyone got into the spirit of the occasion, and for the best part of three hours, the music and craic flowed.

The Air Ambulance is undoubtedly a very worthy cause, and it was so encouraging to see the level of support accorded to the concert.

But if Sunday's show could be seen to be on my doorstep, then it will be quite a change this weekend.

I will be undertaking a 680-mile round trip to appear at a special show which my friend Patrick O'Sullivan is hosting in Bantry, west Cork.

Patrick has been hitting the high spots on the entertainment scene along with his son in recent times.

And now he is about to put his best foot forward on local soil.

He is also a noted songwriter, and I have included Road to a Friend's House, which he composed, on my forthcoming album.

I know he will receive great support at this weekend's show, and I for one am looking forward to performing alongside him.

It will be a long journey, but one that will definitely be well worthwhile because Cork people are most welcoming and hospitable.

I have built up a close rapport with the county over many years and am looking forwarding to renewing many old friendships.

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