May I introduce …. the Queen of Country herself .. Miss Philomena Begley!
The undisputed Queen of Country Music Philomena Begley this year celebrates 55 Years in the world of show-business and remains soaring high at the top of her field. As Philomena embarks on a year of shows and festivals across Ireland and the UK country’s first lady yet again will bewitch audiences with her magic. We are delighted Philomena will grace the stage of Harvey’s Point Cabaret 2018. Singing songs from her extensive library of favorites, ‘Old Ardboe’, ‘Queen of the Silver Dollar’, ‘Blanket on the Ground’, ‘My Son Calls Another Man Daddy’ and many more.
To think that the world of country music could have missed out on this talent. Philomena Begley had never intended to sing in public, “It all came about accidentally,” explained Philomena, “I was at a local ceili where The Old Cross Ceili Band were playing and my friends dared me to go up when the band called for a singer from the audience.” That was May 1962, since then Philomena just hasn’t looked back.
During her time with The Old Cross Ceili Band she performed mostly traditional songs. As time went on she introduced country music bringing with it a different style with warmth, meaning and expression that you can still hear in her voice today. In the 1970’s the band changed their name to Country Flavour and went on to be recognised as one of Ireland’s top attractions.
An invitation to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville was inevitable. Her success was phenomenal and she returned to Nashville over many years to record a string of hit singles and albums under the watchful direction of legendary country great Porter Wagoner. . Philomena has filled the world’s top venues from The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville to Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Albert Hall, London to the 3 Arena in Dublin. And for her 55 years in showbiz she shows no sign of slowing down!
Another year of events, shows and the legendary music and memories lie ahead for Philomena, join Philomena at Harvey’s Point and be part of the magic.