Country and Western Focus: From Nashville to Fermanagh

Leona Williams is performing in Enniskillen on Tuesday

Leona Williams is performing in Enniskillen on Tuesday

AGED just 15, Leona Williams landed her first radio show entitled ‘Leona Sings’, in Missouri, USA, but this week – she performs in Enniskillen.

Leona moved to Nashville in the late 1960s from a small town in Missouri called Vienna, and was soon recording for Hickory Records with songs like ‘Once More’ and ‘Yes Ma’am, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk’.

Since then, Leona has travelled world-wide and opened shows for some of country music’s top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Leona has had her songs recorded by some of Country music’s most popular artists including George Jones, Moe Bandy, Randy Travis, Hank Thompson, The Forester Sisters, Tammy Wynette, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith and many others.

Locally, Marian Curry has covered ‘I cry every time  I leave Ireland’, by Leona.

In 1999, the singer was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in.

She was also honoured with the George D. Hay Award in 2002 and was also inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame.

Leona, along with her son, Ron, performs in the Killyhevlin hotel on Tuesday September 10, at 8pm.

Also performing on the night are Tony Kerr and Eugene O’ Dolan.

Tickets are £15 and are available at Diamond Records in Enniskillen, or payable on the door.

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