Plumbridge singer Orlaith Furey really is living the dream after securing her place on Ireland’s biggest country music talent show.
At just 22-years-old Orlaith is one of nine contestants who will sing it out to win Glór Tíre 2018.
The former Holy Cross College student has been making inroads in the local music scene for a number of years, regularly performing at weddings and funerals before finally getting her “lucky break.”
“I completed my degree in music this Summer and decided to focus more on my music career. I applied for Glór Tíre on a bit of whim. To be honest, I didn’t think any more about it until I got a call telling me I had made it onto the live shows.”
For her application Orlaith had to send in a video of her singing three songs. Each video is sent to the show’s mentors who then decide who they would like to have on their team.
For Orlaith it was legendary country star Shawn Cuddy who chose her for the show.
The talented musician who also plays fiddle, tin whistle and guitar says her music style is rooted in American Country and Irish Folk music.
“I love Randy Travis, Crystal Gayle, Frances Black, Christy Moore and of course the one and only Philomena Begley.”
Orlaith will record for the show from November 14 until November 16. These pre-recorded episodes will then be aired on TG4 in the New Year and the public will decide if Orlaith makes it through to the live finals in March.
As part of the competition Orlaith will have to take on the challenge of singing some of her favourite songs in Irish, but says she is “up for anything.”
“I have sung a few songs in Irish before for weddings and funerals but I have never sung a country song in Irish. That is going to be something different but I am ready for the challenge.
“I just want to sing for people and have them enjoy my music,” she added.
And it certainly doesn’t seem like Orlaith will have any problems winning favour with fans. A month ago, she set up a music page called Orlaith Furey Music and already she has received over 10,000 hits.
Looking forward to winning over the Irish nation with her voice, come March Orlaith will need your vote to help her stay on the show.
“This is a dream come true for me,” gushed Orlaith. “I am just a wee farmer from the Plum, who loves music. I don’t really get out much. For me to be offered this amazing opportunity is unbelievable and I hope I will do everyone proud.”