John Beag O'Flatharta, "an tAncaire" is from Foirnis, Leitir Meallain on Connemara's island coast, perhaps an unlikely enviroment for a successful country and western performer - Irish style. He has taken the irish speaking world by storm with his catchy rhythms and memorable songs from a local tradition yet sung to airs more akin tp American mid -west style.
Creating a niche for himself and others singing country music in irish and ballads in English, John Beag has had immediate success. Immersed in local traditional singing,initially sean-nos ( unaccompanied ) he has brought a freshness to performing in his own special way, country and western - "tir agus thiar" - his genre as a mode of expression.
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.
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