A musician's journey from Stalybridge to the Royal Albert Hall

Dominic Halpin.

From Stalybridge to the Royal Albert Hall - that's the journey musician Dominic Halpin, from Carrbrook, is making with his band The Hurricanes in a country music extravaganza.

Entitled 'A Country Night in Nashville', the show on Tuesday 1 June kicks off a tour around the UK and Ireland.

Dominic first picked up a guitar as a child and since then he’s been hooked.

When he was 15, Dominic put together a rockabilly band called Rocking Red Roosters – playing local gigs in and around Manchester. He had various ‘day’ jobs but music was always his real passion.

Just a few years later, Dominic flew to Australia for a holiday, with just a rucksack and a guitar. He decided it was time to come back, though, returning to the UK after 18 years. He went back to the Manchester area – and put together swing band Dominic Halpin & The Honey Bs.

He was spotted playing by somebody from the Handshake Talent Agency in Uppermill and together they put the Nashville show together.

Dominic said: “Although lockdown thwarted our tour plans, I’ve remained busy making the story of the Country Night in Nashville. I have always wanted to record in Nashville so I contacted Elvis Presley’s drummer Ronnie Tutt who agreed to join the project.

"Together we recorded a CD of country music and made a documentary about how we made it. It’s great to take this new show out on the road." 

The Albert Hall website describes “A Country Night in Nashville” as recreating the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music.

It goes on to say that listeners should be 'prepared to be transported on a musical journey through the history of country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Kacey Musgraves, are showcased by the amazing vocals of Dominic Halpin, Shelly Quarmby and their fabulous backing band, the Hurricanes.’

For more information, visit dominichalpin.com

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