I'm Jerry Burne.[ Interview with Trudi Lawlor on Irish music radio ]Now I've got a lady online with a fascinating tale of reaching out and it really is truly truly reaching out it's a huge what's become a huge project within this only this past couple of weeks and the times we've got in it i'm delighted to say hello once again to the one and only singer extraordinaire Trudi Lawlor. Trudi how are you ? hello Jerry, I'm delighted to talk to you and thank you very much for having me on your show, a real pleasure Trudi real pleasure, listen you're involved with uh a fascinating project at the minute which is just so full of positivity and it's it's all about reaching out can you tell us how did how did this all come about we can of course no problem Jerry. Yes my husband Billy Morrissey and I we were out walking and Billy's involved obviously the Irish country music business as a promoter and as a manager and as a songwriter for the last 40 years and I myself you know with singing and have a radio show another road 25 years this year in Irish country music so we were speaking about the pandemic, and the effect it has been having on the fans of the Irish country music scene.
And why we as singers and performers are remaining positive and optimistic that things will come back next year a lot of the fans are struggling because most of them based their lives and their social lives around seeing their favorite country singer so would be a lovely idea you know if we could get our fans of the music connecting to their favorite country singer. So the idea behind it is to connect as many fans as possible of Irish country music with their favorite Irish country star but it's done in a different way it's asking people the public to nominate somebody that they believe is deserving of a personal phone call from their favorite Irish country star and we're going to try to make it happen and thankfully already it's only up and running about I think eight days at this stage and we've already been able to organize over thirteen hundred phone calls from all different stars from Daniel O'Donnell and Margo, Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan Paddy O'Brien, all the artists from the stadium artists to the artists on the road 20 30 years to a lot of the newcomers like Alex Rowe and Sabrina father Olivia Douglas all those artists.
So everybody is involved there's over 74 of Irish country artists involved in this project. so Billy and I are the founders of it, and we're doing you know I suppose I'm the middle woman connecting the fan with the singer. We have a great team around us lots of volunteers and we have a facebook page that's actually set up especially to take all the requests and dedications and it's called reach out and it's run by Debbie Dowler who's a great girl here in Ireland and she's organized it and then a lot of people are contacting me on my own public facebook private messaging me as well and nominating somebody they believe is deserving of a personal phone call from their favorite Irish country star and words delighted we never thought it would be this big we never thought it would snowball so quickly and it has Jerry and we're delighted. It's full of positivity, the joy the happiness that these people fans of artists that are receiving these calls it's been incredible fantastic that is fantastic now to get it on facebook. It's reach out it's two words reach out yeah and you can get it there now I believe you've had a you know an astounding you were saying you've done standard response from all of the artists but also the uh the response that you've had from from people.
I mean you this has gone truly international you've got people like you know from Australia and and all over the world. Yes very quickly it went international I mean obviously we have so many people from London Irish living in London, Manchester and Scotland .But what we're now getting we're now seeing in the last few days is people reaching out to us from New Zealand, from Australia from Hong Kong, today epic Daniel O'Donnell fan contacted us and nominating somebody and they're over in Hong Kong Canada Alabama, heavily requested Philomena Begley's part of the project Susan McCann just you know it's it's unbelievable the response.
We cannot believe it and we are connecting as many as we can that are deserving of the phone call it's not enough jerry to nominate somebody who is just a fan of a singer and who you know will eventually get back to seeing them you know these are people that are isolating recovering from covert living alone as special children also a lot of moms and dads that are homeschooling finding it very very difficult and an awful lot of frontline workers have been nominated as well who obviously are just so overworked at the moment and on their day off they're receiving a call from their favorite Irish country star. And as a result of that they're being connected and it's re-energizing them for their next shift and one woman, one woman is a nurse she's actually a north in London and she's over 10 covid patients at the moment and she she was just a good friend and her favorite singer was Declan Nerney.
So we were able to make those that call happen for her and the woman that nominated her was a family member who knew the stress that she was under in the hospital in London and the sister rang is back to say I cannot explain how much that has meant to my sister she's now gone back into work and she's a new pep in her step just from that simple phone call. It meant so much to her because she adored Declan Nerney and from down through the years. So all these positive stories Jerry is it's putting some sparkle back into life again some optimism, some happiness, some joy, because the news is very depressing day in and day out and it's it's not good for people or their mental well-being to face another year of that so this is something that we believe it's time for a bit of positivity and optimism and we will all be back performing and singing again for all the fans but in the meantime this is something that Billy and I are delighted to be doing and and more importantly to have 70 artists write down as I said from Daniel, Doster And Allen heavily involved friend and shine hugely involved the three amigos are there you know Sandy Kelly of Jerry cottery as John mcnicho so many stars are part of this full project reach out project and we're delighted to be reaching out.
Indeed it's absolutely fantastic just see a you know a list of our trust you know some of the people I mean it's you know I'd be here for about an hour and listing them all out at the stage I mean it's it's everybody involved in but it is absolutely fantastic and it's actually interesting you should say the story about the the lady who's a nurse here in London. I have spoken actually to to nurses on the front line here in London and it is pretty horrific honestly and I'm delighted that that you know that something that this can be done and the thing about it is truly it's it's uh it really is such a simple idea it's a simple idea very simple idea and of course lots of the country music singers down through the years would have been keeping in touch with their fans but this has gone global this is a movement this, these are people that our country singers may never have been able to speak to before but the people would be fans but maybe they would go home at the end of the show not everyone goes up to meet the artist or you know they might buy the cd's in a record shop or online might never get to meet the artist but could be a big fan of theirs or else it could be a fan.
But is missing that loss of connection, because so many people come to country music shows and dances and concerts that are on their own and they meet the singer and they meet the band and they meet the other fellow dancers or fellow concert corps so as you know Jerry only too well you know in Irish country music it's very unique to other genres of music. We're like one big family there, is no division or barrier between the fan and the performer at the end of every country in Irish show right before I was ever in it when Big Tom and Larry Cunningham and Margo who is still alive and well and and flying it as we say she's doing so well and they would always have come down from the stage at the end of the show and shake hands and get photographs and sign cd's with their fans.
So that's unique to Irish country music and therefore when the fans don't get to see their favorite singer it affects them. It affects them emotionally and mentally so this is a pick me up saying come on we'll be back next year 2022 will be huge for the music industry but for the next year we have to stay going and we thought we have to stay going with positivity and that's very important and this is what's happening. So as I said I encourage so many people out there that are listening into history to please do contact us but contact us to nominate somebody deserving and we have an awful lot of people living in the U.K. and that weren't able to get home at Christmas to see their loved ones either mums or dads or grandparents and they're struggling with that they feel that, that they're not able to be here in Ireland and be able to you know contact their families as much as they'd like to be able to.
So it's a gift that they can give as well to their loved ones back in Ireland by getting their favorite star to ring their mom dad granddad whoever friend neighbour that's what this project is all about and we're delighted so all they have to do is connect it with the reach out facebook page private message Debbie Dowler is regardless running it for us or come on to my own public facebook page Trudi Lawler t-r-u-d-i l-a-l-o-r and private message me and I am seeing those messes I'm going through them. There's obviously hundreds and hundreds coming in every day but we're getting through them and we're and we're we're able to see the ones that are really deserving of the phone call and we have a team working at that as well and again it's, it's just something we're delighted Ray Lynom and rank people today ray is such a legend and Derek Ryan, hugely popular as well everybody is involved in this project and we're just delighted to be able to give back to the fans that have supported all of us down through the years.
It's just a very simple phone call but we're doing it and Daniel has been incredible, Margo O'Donnell Nathan Carter, all the big names but also all the newcomers have been incredible people that are only on the road a year they're reaching out to their new audience of Irish country music as well so everybody has a place in this project and we're delighted delighted to have founded it and delighted that it's going global it's brilliant absolutely superb so basically if you contact you on your facebook Trudy Lawler or go to the facebook page reach uh and then separately out and if you want to contact uh Deborah Dowler is that on facebook as well Judy she's also on facebook as well absolutely you know the retail page is better because it's all about our projects and but also Jerry a lot of people might be on social media so even if you do I don't know if you'll be willing to do that but if they do contact your show maybe just send over those messages or even contact my own um website and you'll be able to email us if you want and there's also phone numbers now we're not in a position to take all loads of calls but we will do our best we want to do our best for as many fans as is possible we're not going to get to everybody the singers are already working overtime some of them they're making so many calls but they are buzzing.
They want this to continue for as long as it's necessary for the next number of months this will be going on probably for the next year but it's so exciting it's positive and and we're doing our best to connect as many as we can absolutely fantastic stuff it really is and listen uh what a what a great idea well done to you to billy and yourself and indeed Deborah and and everybody else involved with it i mean it's a you know we say it's it's it's a huge project on its you know it's just full of positivity in a time where as you say a positivity can be a in scarce supply so listen well done on a great stuff well thank you so much to d jerry and we're also very excited because on the strength of this all the singers we just all spoke about uh how well it's all going and how much it's meaning to so many people and they all said well next is you you need to come up with a song we all need to sing a song so i was very fortunate again billy looked out we all looked out for songs and there was nothing suitable and Nathan actually said to believe why don't you write one so Billy has written one with Max t Barnes Nashville singer, songwriter and legend Max t Barnes and Billy have written a beautiful song called reach out and all 74 performers in this project are going to be singing on us every one of us are going to be singing on it and it's amazing.
It's going to be the biggest ever coming together of Irish country music singers on one single and we're so thankful to Jonathan Owens who is producing the whole single for us all the recording studios are involved in helping to facilitate the singers because obviously with we're we're in lockdown here in i know you're saying as well jerry so none of us can go past the 5k here. So therefore there's so many people working behind the scenes to make this single and and it will be released in the next week to 10 days uh with all the policies going to child line and the i.s.p.c.c. their very deserving charity so there's a lot happening and it's the Irish country music family again and we are thrilled and proud of all the artists in it they're all stepping up every single one of them are stepping up to the place and phoning fans and we're delighted so just to nominate somebody go on to the reach out facebook page or my own published facebook page and please do message me and don't feel we won't see it we will see it and we'll do our very best to connect as many people as possible that deserve the phone call from their favorite Irish country star now that's absolutely excellent Trudi list I'm looking forward to getting the the single I dare say there are people in studios uh Jonathan Owens and others included who will have some headache mixing in 74 different voices exactly but they're brilliant and even you know jerry you would know Jonathan's late dad chocolate chuck and June and the gamblers they were huge and and choked only passed away a couple of weeks ago so even in a time of Jonathan grieving he wanted to reach out to the movement and say you know I want to give my time over to this project i want this single to to be able to produce it and give back and so we're getting that love and support and Wayne throws and peter mar all the studios uh in a Letterkennyy and there's so many of them getting involved but we as singers and performers are getting such a buzz out of this as well and we're delighted delighted that everybody is reaching out in this project absolutely brilliant Trudi listen, has been lovely to talk to you listen regards to yourself and Billy and everybody else involved in it listen lovely to speak to you again Trudi. Thank you so much Jerry and thank you for reaching out to us and continued success with your radio show we love we love looking energy and listening into it thank you very much.
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