Billy arrived in Belfast on the 29th October 2017 and on the 31st October did a promo video up at stewarts music store in irish street dungannon. the video can be seen o0n the sharpe music facebook page. the next day billy and myself and two other people went to the armagh city hotel in armagh for his appearance on the phil mack international country show. it was held over 3 nights and billy did the first night there was about 12 to 15 other artists on and each did 3 songs billy sang I wanna be a hillbilly followed by good hearted woman and finally the hottest thing in town. the place just loved him, about 20 people from malta who attended the show wanted autographs, pictures and just shake his hand. at breakfast the following day the same thing people coming to talk to him and chatting away.
the next thing after armagh was a guest appearance at a charity event a local church in the town of comber was running billy did it as a favour and did 3 songs. he went down very well at that. everyone loved him no matter were he went. he did a radio interview for dundalk fm radio in southern Ireland on the Monday after phil macks show and met up with a dj from a radio station in newry we had coffee in the Europa hotel in Belfast. on the 9th November to do an interview with lisa Johnston on Belfast 89 fm radio. one thing I forgot on Friday 3rd November billy did a 30 minute tv interview for NVTV in Belfast it was an interview with 3 songs.
it can be seen on facebook billy posted it there, the radio stations and tv station want him back next year, already Keltic country have expressed interest for their radio and tv shows, tommy rosney in Donegal in southern Ireland wants him there for the same reason. while at armagh billy met sarah jory the steel guitar player and her husband they said they would try get some bookings as well. over the past few years I have tried getting billy some airplay and have a few uk radio shows playing his music, I also have radio in Germany, Norway, Holland, Sweden, Denmark and just recently a guy from barcalona spain not sure if I spelt that right asked for a cd of billy. so i'm trying to get billy on festivals and do gigs in small venues too but to make it worth his while he would need lots of them.
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- Between the Devil and Me
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- I Wanna Be a Hillbilly
- I'll Stop Loving You
- Ivory Tower
- Soft Place to Fall
- Takin' the Country Back
- Trouble Man
- What a Way to Go