21 episodes

My Country Life, with Eddie Rowley, is podcast series that takes you backstage and into the real lives of Irish country music's kings and queens. Each episode in this series features a well-known star opening the doors to their past and taking us on their personal journey into the spotlight. Along the way, they reveal their highs and lows, happiness and heartaches and their struggle to find success. Meet legends like Daniel O'Donnell and Jimmy Buckley, as well as young stars like Nathan Carter and Cliona Hagan as they recall the great music and great stories on their road to stardom.

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My Country Life, with Eddie Rowley, is podcast series that takes you backstage and into the real lives of Irish country music's kings and queens. Each episode in this series features a well-known star opening the doors to their past and taking us on their personal journey into the spotlight. Along the way, they reveal their highs and lows, happiness and heartaches and their struggle to find success. Meet legends like Daniel O'Donnell and Jimmy Buckley, as well as young stars like Nathan Carter and Cliona Hagan as they recall the great music and great stories on their road to stardom.

    Episode 20: Life begins at 80 for country icon Philomena Begley

    Episode 20: Life begins at 80 for country icon Philomena Begley

    SHE'S Ireland’s Queen of Country and at the age of 80 Philomena Begley says she has no intention of relinquishing her title anytime soon.

    As we speak, Philomena is celebrating an incredible 60 years in showbusiness and here on 'My Country Life' she says that singing and performing is the drug that keeps her young at heart.

    Philomena talks about her early life growing up in the Co Tyrone village of Pomeroy, picking potatoes and cutting turf as part of her childhood chores.

    She recalls how she left school at 15 to work in a hat factory and fell into a music career by chance at the age of 20 when a friend dared her to get up and sing with a local band.

    That performance would see her go on to join the group and become a star in her own right with hits such as Truck Drivin’ Woman, Queen of the Silver Dollar and Blanket On The Ground.

    She recorded in Nashville, performed at the Grand Ole Opry and was one of the stars of the Wembley Country Music Festival in London.

    Here, Philomena also talks about her friendship with Daniel O’Donnell and that hilarious video in bed with Nathan Carter.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 19: There's no show like a Joe show - the story of Joe Dolan (Part 2)

    Episode 19: There's no show like a Joe show - the story of Joe Dolan (Part 2)

    HERE in part two of The Joe Dolan Story, his brother Ben takes us inside their life on the road and the early days of ‘Driftermania’.

    He tells how Joe became an international star after performing on BBC’s iconic Top Of The Pops with his first major hit, Make Me An Island.

    This would lead to tours of South Africa, Israel, Russia and all over Europe. Ben takes us to Las Vegas where Joe tried his luck in the gambling capital of the world. He also reveals how Joe was attacked in Liverpool in the early days and suffered a horrific beating.

    And Ben recalls his brother’s final days and the heartbreaking events of St Stephen’s Day 2007 when Ireland lost one of its greatest and much-loved entertainers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    Episode 18: There's no show like a Joe show - the story of Joe Dolan (Part 1)

    Episode 18: There's no show like a Joe show - the story of Joe Dolan (Part 1)

    Joe Dolan was one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers. He was our Elvis Presley. Our first pop star.

    Joe performed on BBC’s Top Of The Pops, toured the world as an international star, played in Las Vegas and had a string of hits that included The Answer To Everything, Make Me An Island, Lady In Blue and Good Looking Woman.

    One man who stood alongside him for almost 50 years as a performer was his older brother, Ben Dolan.

    Here, in a two-part My Country Life podcast as we reach the 15th anniversary of Joe’s death, Ben shares his personal family memories of growing up with Joe in their native Mullingar and recalls their early adventures as musicians.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min
    Episode 17: Margo - the queen of country and Irish music (part 2)

    Episode 17: Margo - the queen of country and Irish music (part 2)

    Here in part two of our My Country Life podcast with Margo, Ireland’s Queen of Country & Irish recalls her many struggles in life, including a personal battle with alcoholism back in the day.

    Margo opens up about her regret at never becoming a mother and reveals that she still carries a torch for her first love who remains a friend and gave her a personal gift on her 70th birthday – with the blessing of his wife.

    The legendary singer tells how she lost out on an estimated fortune of €17 million throughout her career before winning back the rights to her recordings in a court case.

    She also shares the inside story of her close friendship with American country music legend Dolly Parton and pays tribute to her brother, Daniel O’Donnell.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 43 min
    Episode 16: Margo - the queen of country and Irish music (part 1)

    Episode 16: Margo - the queen of country and Irish music (part 1)

    She’s the Queen of Country & Irish music, and Margo O’Donnell has had a remarkable life.

    Long before the world heard of her little brother Daniel O’Donnell, Margo was topping the charts and performing to thousands of fans in dance halls all over Ireland.

    Margo also won the hearts of Irish emigrants in Britain and Ireland in the ‘60s and ‘70s with her poignant songs from their homeland.

    Here in part one of a two-part My Country Life podcast, Margo recalls her early years growing up as young Margaret O’Donnell in Kincasslagh, Co Donegal.

    She tells of her childhood years working as a tattie hoaker (potato picker) on farms in Scotland. And she reveals how a promise to her father on his death bed led to her becoming a professional singer at the age of 16.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    Episode 15: Kieran Cavanagh - the man behind Daniel O'Donnell

    Episode 15: Kieran Cavanagh - the man behind Daniel O'Donnell

    TODAY, he manages the career of Irish country music superstar Daniel O’Donnell, but former New Blues showband guitarist Kieran Cavanagh has had a remarkable life in his own right.

    While in his 20s, Kieran set out to bring some of the biggest stars in American country music to Ireland, starting with the greatest of them all – Johnny Cash.

    Here, on My Country Life, the Co Sligo-born impresario shares his many personal behind-the-scenes stories from his time with icons such as ‘The Man in Black’, Glen Campbell and Tom T Hall.

    Kieran also reveals a bizarre run-in with rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry while staging his show at Dublin’s National Stadium in the 1980s.

    And speaking just weeks before the death of Jerry Lee Lewis, he tells the amazing story of how he took over management of ‘The Killer’ back in the 1990s and helped him to clear a $1 million tax bill in America.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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