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Fergal Flaherty was born in Longford Ireland in 1971, gaining his musical influence from his father Frankie.
Fergal bought a pub in Tenerife, which became a highly successful venture. Known as the "Hole in the Wall" it was frequently visited by, not only thousands of holiday makers from all over Europe, but many top celebrities also called to say hello and render the odd number.
After seven years, Fergal felt the pull to go back on the road and so he returned to Ireland and formed his band, which is presently enjoying enormous success in Ireland, England and Scotland.
Selected to perform at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia in January of this year (2002), Fergal was one of only six artists from Ireland that were hand picked for the huge country festival.
Martha Moore, a well known Nashville publicist says, "Fergal has a style all of his own." "His music and lyrics are like a breath of fresh air and his good looks and quiet shyness all combine to make him a truly great artist." I wouldn't argue with that!
An accomplished songwriter, Fergal has penned well over 100 original numbers, 4 of which are given an airing on this fine album. Among good covers of country music classics like, Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," Ronnie Milsap's "Daydreams About Night Things" and Rosie Flores' "Midnight To Moonlight," a song that lends itself well to the Irish treatment ..self penned songs like the excellent "(I'd Fall For You) All Over Again," a love ballad with a very catchy accordion riff from Moria Fraser, the plaintive "Bettystown," a song that has him wishing he was back home, the lively toe tapper "I'll Return Again" and "16 Years" a duet with Daniel O'Donnell's sister Margo, all stand up very well and are so good, I can see other artists covering them in the future.
Fergal also turns a prayer, "Footsteps" into a song by composing music to it, while U.S. singer/songwriter David Ball is represented well with good versions of the slow "When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me" and the lively "Don't Think Twice," a song that is sure to be favourite cut with radio DJ's. Just watch the line-dancers go to this one!!
Fergal has a very likeable voice and is accompanied by some fine musician's on an album that also benefits from first class production by Richard Nelson and Ray Mc Loughlin at Beechpark Studio's in Rathcoole, Ireland.
A very close friend of Daniel O'Donnell, Fergal's music and style is more country, but with a strong Irish feel and is certainly more friendly to country radio. I wouldn't be surprised if this talented young artist doesn't emulate Daniel's success and popularity and go right to the top. "Don't Think Twice" is a fine album and a certainty for one of Metro Country's "Album's Of The Month" for April (2002)
Don't think twice, BUY IT! You'll be glad you did.
For a copy of the CD or Information on Fergal, bookings etc,
Fergal Flaherty Band
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