Louise Morrissey, who has long been one of Ireland’s best loved singers and entertainers, is appearing at the Monikie Hall on Saturday, November 8.
She has achieved great success in both Ireland and the UK and has brought her easy style of country and folk to many other countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and the Middle East.
Louise and her band also visited the Lebanon in 1994, where they entertained the UN Peacekeeping Troops.
Louise was initially a member of The Morrisseys Folk Group, along with her brothers Billy and Norman, and they toured for many years in Ireland UK and the USA until they decided to go their separate ways in 1987.
They regrouped the following year under The Louise Morrissey Band, Louise as the lead singer and Norman and Billy still on vocals and playing in her band. Their first appearance was on ‘The Late Late Show’ with Louise singing ‘The Night Daniel O’Donnell Came To Town’. This was an immediate success and they have been together since.
There have been many highlights over the years. Louise was chosen to represent the Irish Country Music Association in Switzerland in 1990 in The Country Music Masters winning the Gold Star Award at that event.
She has received many awards over the years; she and the band have worked with many well known country artists including Charley Pride. In Ireland Louise has also toured with ‘The Queens of Country’ which also featured Philomena Begley, Billie Jo Spears and Lynn Anderson.
Louise continues to be one of Ireland’s most popular Irish country singers and her band continues to be in great demand. The band support many other Irish country artists on the Irish TV shows and country weekends including ‘The Phil Mack International Country Show’. Ryan Turner is the band’s musical director, playing piano and accordion along with Joe McNamee on pedal steel guitar and lead guitar, Kenny Devenney on bass and John Doherty on drums.
Louise and the band continue to be in high demand playing many festivals and this month appear in the Paul Claffey’s (IrishWest.TV) Country Music week in Albufeira, Portugal followed by being guests in the Jimmy Buckley’s ‘Craic on the Costa’ in Torremolinos, Spain, guesting at the Country Music Weekend at the Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna and in November they are appearing at the Country Music weekend at Grannie’s Heilan Hame in Embo.
Louise also appeared as a guest on the Michael English UK tour including a show at the Whitehall Theatre.