4 Decades of Country Music Journalism

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Author's Note (2004):
While performing myself (with US Country/Gospel singer Jerry Arhelger) at the Carling CM Festival in Cork, Ireland in 1985, I took the opportunity to go backstage at the JOHNNY CASH concert where Australian star JADE HURLEY was opening the show. This report was sent back to Capital News magazine in Australia and published in the June 1985 issue.




Australia's 'King Of Country Rock', Jade Hurley, was the undoubted show stealer at the Carling CM Festival in Cork, Ireland during the Easter weekend. The front cover of the Evening Echo on Monday, April 8 featured Jade in full colour, while headliner Johnny Cash appeared on page 2, meeting the Lord Mayor, in black and white!

The festival, sponsored by Carling Lager, listed CM presentations at 52 venues throughout the city in the one weekend. Top of the list of attractions were the 5 sell-out shows at the 1000 seater Cork Opera House starring Johnny Cash with June Carter and the Johnny Cash Showband, and our own Jade Hurley. The varying selection of support acts included British duo the Duffy Brothers who have been touring the US under Charley Pride's wing, and Billie Jo Spears who also appeared at the Metropole Hotel along with American country/gospel singer Jerry Arhelger who was touring with top British band Barbary Coast.


The Metropole Hotel, although listed as only one of the 52 venues, was presenting CM in 6 different rooms simultaneously, giving some idea of the way in which Cork was totally engulfed in Country for the weekend in much the same way as it dominates Tamworth at festival time.

In between his appearances at the Opera House and visiting local landmarks including Blarney Castle, back at his hotel, Jade was regretfully having to put an embargo on telephone calls coming through the switchboard since he had made it known that he was interested in finding ancestral relatives in West Cork. Before long he was inundated with calls from Hurleys anxious to establish contact.

Jade said he was looking forward to visiting Ireland again after the fantastic reaction from the audiences, and the warm reception from the local people.


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