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Country boy set to wow

A YOUNG internet singing sensation is looking forward to performing at a very special carol service in Strabane this Thursday.

One of Ireland’s biggest (and youngest) country stars, Owen Mac, is set to headline the annual Christmas event organised by the Strabane branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The 15-year-old Coleraine singer rose to fame when he was asked to perform Derek Ryan’s ‘God’s Plan’ for BBC Radio Ulster.

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A video of his performance was posted on the radio’s website and subsequently went viral.

Since then Owen has wowed audiences all over the world and in just a few weeks time he will perform a string of his hits at the Alley Theatre.

With almost 250,000 followers on his social media page, Owen certainly promises a performance not to be missed.

Singing since he was three-years-old the teenager recently released his fourth album ‘This I Promise You’, and has had 14 hit singles to date.

Speaking ahead of his Strabane performance Owen explained he is looking forward to coming back to the town.

“I performed once before in Strabane, when I sang in one of the local schools, but the Alley will be a completely different setting so I am really looking forward to my first proper show in the town,” Owen said.

His chilled out folk style and pitch perfect voice has garnered the young country singer quite a following.

“Thankfully my music is doing fantastic at the moment and I am really grateful for all the support I’ve received. I will head back to Canada in August and we have a few dates already booked for England and Scotland.”

Owen grew up listening to Jimmy Buckley, Derek Ryan, Gene Watson and Rascal Flatts and cites them as his main musical influences, however he also gives a lot of credit to someone closer to home.

“Dad has probably been my biggest musical influence. Both him and my mum have inspired me so much when it comes to my music. My dad and I are also planning to go on a mini-tour together next year.

“We have already three events booked, so I am really looking forward to that.”

A country boy at heart Owen added, “I appreciate all types of music, but personally for me to sing I like the country style – should it be Irish, American or contemporary.”

Encouraging as many people as possible to attend his Alley Theatre gig Owen added, “This will be a great event. All proceeds go towards Marie Curie and there will also be performances on the night from Strabane Brass Brand and Derry and Donegal Presbytery Choir. I am really looking forward to it.”

• Marie Curie Community Carol Service will take place on Thursday, December 20, in the Alley Theatre, commencing at 8pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from the Alley.

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