As Ferbane country star Olivia Douglas prepares to release her latest single, 'Leaving Tipperary' this weekend ahead of next Tuesday's star-studded launch night for her brand new album, 'Forever Country', there was more good news for the singer this week when it was announced that she'll be taking part in this year's C2C festival at the 3Arena in Dublin next month.
This year's C2C event in the capital on March 11 once again features some of the very biggest names from Nashville, including the legendary Emmylou Harris, Grammy winners Little Big Town, the recently reformed Sugarland, and what for many will be the highlight of the entire weekend, superstar husband and wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who take to the stage on the Sunday night to close out this year's event.
And the Sunday night, as it just so happens, is also when Olivia, a rising star on the Irish country scene will be performing. "It's a bit crazy alright! Because what you have to remember is that I'm a huge country music fan myself, too. I mean, before I ever did a gig in my life I was a fan. And whenever I'm finished gigging, I'll still be a fan," explained Olivia.
"So I'll be as excited as anyone else there about getting to hear Tim and Faith, as I will be about actually taking part myself."
Olivia will be performing on the Sunday World stage where some of Ireland's most highly rated and respected country artists have entertained fans over the last few years, showcasing that genre while the main-stage transitions from one act to the next.
Among the country stars who represented the Irish scene last year were Cliona Hagan, Barry Kirwan, Philomena Begley, and The Honky Tonk Angels, with Una Healy also adding an international flavor to things.
But before C2C comes around, Olivia has another big night to look forward to when she launches her new album, 'Forever Country', in The Well, Moate, next Tuesday, February 27.
"I have to say I couldn't be happier with how every song on the album has turned out, and I'm just excited now about people finally getting a chance to hear those songs for themselves.
'Forever Country' will be launched in The Well, Moate, on Tuesday, February 27. Other artists performing on the night include; Michael English, Robert Mizzell, Gerry Guthrie, Seamus Moore, John Hogan, Simon Casey, Stuart Moyles, Matt Leavy, Carmel McLoughlin, John Molloy, Joe Rabbette, and The Back Axels.