Saturday May 30, 2020

The man who kept it country all the way

In a world where the cult of the individual is prized, Big Tom McBride’s old-school values will be missed

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

22nd April, 2018

For people in rural Ireland and further afield, Big Tom McBride’s passing last week, aged 81, marks the end of a particular era: one that’s as much about symbolism as song; comfort and community as stardom.

Tom McBride made country music for country people – straight-ahead, sentimental and simple music – and that was one of the reasons why he was so loved. Big Tom and the Mainliners had nothing to do...

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