This weekend sees the Tally Ho pub in Longford host their Trad Festival, and the first artist to appear as part of it is Texas singer-songwriter, Terri Sharp, who will perform on Thursday night, April 11.
Terri has completed three tours of duty as a songwriter on Music Row in Nashville, during which she had the distinction of being the only songwriter ever to be signed by Hank Williams Jr to his Bocephus publishing company. She also co-wrote and recorded the song ‘Wild Streak’ with Williams, which was awarded gold status, and was also used as the title of Williams’ 1987 album and tour. Around the same time, two of Terri’s songs, ‘Eventually’ and ‘You Can’t Blame the Train’, were recorded by Don McLean for his ‘Love Tracks’ LP. That recording went on to reach Number 49 in the US country charts and the tracks also featured on his 1993 compilation, ‘Favourites and Rarities’. In his biography, McLean referred to Terri as “one of the most talented songwriters on the Nashville scene.”
Terri has been interested in Irish country music ever since Kathy Kane recorded her song ‘Old Fashioned Broken Heart’. She will be doing her first performance with Mary O’Brien in the Tally Ho, and during her time in Longford will also be recording a collection of new songs with Paul Gurney at his Real World Studios, before going on to travel as much of Ireland as she can, singing and playing her songs.