Wagon Wheel star all set for Portrush

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Country star Nathan Carter will play the Recreation Grounds in Portrush on Wednesday, May 14 as part of the North West 200 festival.

Last Tuesday night, councillors backed a proposal from Race Director, Mervyn Whyte and local promoter Brian Moore to host a concert at the Ramore Head site as part of race week.

We can now reveal that the man behind the popular ‘Wagon Wheel’ song will headline what promises to be a fabulous show.

A full supporting show is promised and details of tickets and where to obtain them will follow in the coming weeks.

Nathan, a former choir boy, grew up in Liverpool, but has strong Irish roots.

His family originate from Newry, and trip across the water to Ireland became a regular feature of young Nathan’s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing and accordion playing.

It was on a trip to Donegal in April 2009 that Nathan met with songwriter John Farry, who was hugely impressed with Nathan`s performance, and in a few short months, Nathan’s dream of performing with his own band became a reality.

The man behind the concert is Brian Moore, he told the Times: “I got involved with the entertainment at the North West 200 just over two years ago, and I feel we’ve really raised the bar with this event.

“I’m particularly delighted to have secured the most popular touring act in Ireland.

“To receive such an enthusiastic endorsement from the local councillors for this event was particularly gratifying, and I’ve no doubt that we will do them proud with this exceptionally popular and talented act.”

The facilities within the concert arena will be revealed at a later stage, but organisers stress that they are keen to place as much of the business in local hands as possible.