While many bands have a relatively similar programme, The Outlaws have placed their faith in the ‘’real deal’ country music. The Castleblaney band bring a hoedown touch to their shows from start to finish and it is fair to say that a night at The Outlaws is truly a different experience.
The fiddle playing and singing Monaghan woman, Diane Treanor, who returned to the band some weeks ago, is thrilled to be an Outlaw once more. “I played with the band for six years. Sometimes we are not aware of the way people identify us so much with the band they first see us with” she says.
Bandleader Sean Hughes is not your ordinary dyed-in-the-wool country music singer and enthusiast. Instead, he draws his inspiration from many sources and believes the songwriter is often the unsung hero in so many genres of music.
“Everyone that has ever written a good song - those are the men and women whom I look up to in a special way. I have had a fascination with the writers of songs ever since I can remember. I would always check who wrote a song, even in my teenage years. People like Buddy Holly, Neil Sedaka, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Waits, Sammy Cahn. I have enormous respect for songwriters”.
In more recent years, Sean has written a number of songs himself. “You always feel a sense of achievement when you finish a song that you are happy with. I suppose three of our most requested songs are ‘How Many Times’, ‘The 31 May’ and ‘True Friends’. “Three-quarters of the programme we do include songs popularised by the people who wrote them. That is probably a record of itself for an Irish country band. With Diane rejoining the band we have revamped the programme and it’s great to see that she’s getting a huge welcome from the many people who got to know her so well during her time with us before”.
Another unique feature of The Outlaws is that all the members can read music. “I think that can be a great advantage when we are introducing new material. All of them can sit back and know what to play within seconds. Things like that make The Outlaws pretty special on the scene today”. Sean Hughes added.
And, there’s promise now of a very special new release from The Outlaws which will unveiled very shortly.
In the meantime, dancing fans are promised a fantastic night with The Outlaws at The Times Hotel, Tipperary on this coming Sunday night, April 29.