All the best in American Country on Sunday from 7pm to 9pm – Country that can be different.
Country music can be different on Country Crossroads presented every Sunday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock on Galway Bay Fm by Tom Gilmore. Of course you, the listener, will hear the popular Country hits on the show but it also delves deeper into the diversity of sounds and styles that make up the chameleon musical collage that is the genre described as Country.
There is a whole new enthusiasm for Country music in its diverse styles worldwide and here in Ireland. There is a changing age demographic for the music which now has strands and styles that appeal to fans from 3 to 103.
In the past international stars, including Garth Brooks and the late great Johnny Cash, who also did a promo for the programme, were interviewed by Tom Gilmore. Recently BBC Radio 2’s top Country presenter Bob Harris (formerly of the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC TV) was special guest on the show. (Bob also mentioned this on the Simon Mayo programme on BBC 2 on Monday April 11th 2016 when interviewed for his 70th birthday).
The diversity of songs on the show range from a Hungarian Country band playing Johnny Cash songs to Country music from Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands, Namibia in Africa, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and of course Country from all over the USA and the home circuits in Ireland and the UK.
Tom Gilmore has been presenting Country music programmes on various radio stations for over 35 years and as a journalist writing about the music in “The Tuam Herald” newspaper for 40 years as well as in other publications, including, from time to time, “Country Music People” (UK), “The Irish Scene” (Western Australia), the books The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Country Music (UK and USA) and a best-selling book in Ireland “Larry Cunningham – A Showband Legend”. He has also co-presented radio programmes on a number of stations in Australia where he lived for some time.