Twenty-five year old Nathan Carter spent his childhood years in Liverpool, growing up in a family with strong Irish roots, with his folks originating from Newry in County Down.
It seems like Nathan was just born to perform, because even at the tender age of four, he began to learn to play the accordion, and in a few short years had become a head chorister in the Liverpool boys’ choir, touring the world. He has even sung for the Pope in Rome.
And the beloved singer was always destined to play country for the world, as it was something he was raised with.
“It was always on in the house, my grandparents would be big fans of Johnny Cash and all those sorts of people. The older Irish showband then like Joe Dolan and Philomena Begley, we would always have been big fans of them. It was always on in the background and I started my band six years ago and been gigging ever since and the last couple of years have been brilliant!” says Nathan, adding that a lot of young people are heading to his gigs and that country seems bigger than ever.
The young singer then soon fell in love with Ireland after playing here and decided to make it his new home.
“I was over singing at a charity gig in Donegal seven or eight years ago and I met my manager and he suggested to me that I should get a band on the road. I decided to move over and we got loads of gigs and just started gigging up and down the island and gradually grew and grew from there really.”
RTÉ see so much in the country star that they have given Nathan his own TV show, which will be aired at Christmas. The show, which is sure to be a ratings hit, will feature Nathan performing a number of songs, along with some special guests.
“We’ve got some real top class Irish and international guests coming on the show and a bit of chat, a bit of behind the scenes. It’s my first ever show on RTÉ so I’m delighted,” says Nathan.
Also on the Christmas Special we’re sure to be treated to Nathan’s hit ‘Wagon Wheel’ which is played across clubs, pubs and everything in between all across the country. “It’s one of them songs, it never leaves the Top 100 singles for some reason, and it’s always there. It’s become my unofficial anthem if you like, can’t go anywhere without singing it. Very surprised with how successful it’s turned out but it’s been a great song for me.”
The singer is now returning to Galway to put on a sold-out show in the Black Box Theatre on Friday 20 November and he will also be making an appearance in The Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Saturday 28 November.
“I’ve been in Galway a good few times. We did two nights in the Black Box a few months back and they both sold out very quick so we decided to stick in a Christmas show and it’s selling extremely well. I love Galway, I love coming back every time to anywhere in the west, it’s a great spot.”
For those of you haven’t experienced a Nathan Carter show, he guarantees that you are in for a treat.
“There’s 16 of us on the road between band and crew and we try to put on the most exciting and energetic show that we possibly can with songs that people know that I’ve recorded over the last six or seven years and some brand new stuff as well. I’m really looking forward to bringing the show to Galway.”
Nathan Carter plays the Black Box Theatre on Friday 20 November, which is now sold out. Tickets for The Shearwater Hotel show can still be bought on www.ticketmaster.ie.
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