Monikie date for Mick

Mick Flavin who will perform in Monikie Hall this Friday evening.

Mick Flavin who will perform in Monikie Hall this Friday evening.

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IRISH King of country music - Mick Flavin - appears in concert at Monikie Hall this Friday - the only Scottish date of a tour.

Mick grew up in a thatched farmhouse in Ballinamuk, Co. Longford. His early home life was centred around an old record player and this influenced his interest in music and in people like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Hank Williams and Tex Ritter.

In the mid-seventies he secured employment with Longford County Council and sang and played on a part time basis.

In May, 1978 the group he played with were invited to the United States for one month and in 1986 he was encouraged by Declan Nerney to record his first album.

In June of that year they went in to a recording studio in Athlone and put down 10 tracks, which were released at Christmas of the same year.

This album was an unprecedented success on the Pirate Radio Stations, which were very popular in Ireland at that time.

Success followed, and he recorded with Harmac and Ritz Records recording a total of 12 Albums and three videos. Silver and gold discs are some of the honours country music has rewarded him with.

The concert in the Monikie Hall starts at 8 pm and tickets are available from (01382) 350 250 or e-mail margocroal@yahoo.co.uk