Behind the scenes with Irish country music stars

Derek Ryan says Belfast's SSE Arena is his favourite indoor venue
Jenny Lee

Country music fans are in for a treat with the return of BBC’s Keepin’ ‘Er Country: On The Road Again.

The new series follows country favourites including Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh, Nathan Carter and Philomena Begley as they return to playing to live audiences following almost two years of lockdown restrictions.

The gigs are back and bigger than ever, from festivals and arenas, to Bundoran and Costa Blanca.

In the first programme, country favourites Derek Ryan and Lisa McHugh take to the stage for the return of the sold-out Farmers Bash with fans ready to dust off their dancing boots, grab their Stetsons and get jiving.

For new mum Lisa McHugh there is added pressure and viewers get to see Lisa at home singing with baby son Milo.

Also in the series, Co Tyrone Queen of Country Philomena Begley heads to Bundoran for a special gig to celebrate her 80th birthday, while Nathan Carter travels to Spain for a week-long festival in the sun.

Son and daughter duo Jimmy and Claudia Buckley visit Donegal’s Clonmany Festival and talk about their passion for country music.

Meanwhile, Robert Mizzell and Johnny Brady get ready to play at the biggest country festival of the summer, the Cowboys And Heroes Festival in Co Leitrim.


:: Keepin’ ‘Er Country: On The Road Again is made by Alleycats TV and starts on BBC One Northern Ireland on Friday March 24 at 10.40pm. The full series will also be available on BBC iPlayer.