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Stars and audience in fine voice as radio show hits the road

Jim Devine
Jim Devine

By Hugo Duncan

One of the most enjoyable aspects of presenting my Radio Ulster show is transmitting it from outside broadcast locations.

When we first decided to take the show on the road, we were not quite sure what the reaction would be. As things turned out, we could not have been more delighted.

The overall response to such shows has been one of unbelievable enthusiasm, with people of all age groups invariably flocking to the stage to participate in the craic.

The latest of the shows took place on Wednesday in St Mark's church hall in Newtownards, where we were very fortunate to have an array of top-class artists to provide a feast of enjoyment for the onlookers and the listeners.

Indeed, the bill represented something akin to a who's who of Ulster country music.

Jim Devine was there, and he was joined by Curtis Magee, Cowboy Larry, Joe E Hamilton, Boxcar Brian, Crawford Bell, Vincent Soye and Country Harmony.

They were all in fine voice and contributed to what I thought was a very good show that highlighted country music at its best.

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The fact that the performers brought their diverse talents into play meant that there was a strong element of variety in the show, and things certainly went with a swing in Co Down.

The really pleasing feature of the show was the contribution made by the people from St Mark's drop-in centre, who participated enthusiastically in the singing and could well have filled the airwaves themselves for an hour-and-a-half.

The ladies of St Mark's, along with the church rector and the other helpers, could not have done more for us in terms of a warm welcome and hospitality.

On my own behalf, I must say a big thank you to our own production crew and sound engineers and the people from Studio Eight, who kept the show ticking over.

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