Margo and the Blue Ridge Boys
Margaret O'Donnell, 6 February 1951, Kincasslagh, County Donegal, Eire. Influenced by Patsy Cline and while still at school, she began her own musical career in 1964 as a member of a local showband, The Keynotes. Her first success came with her recordings of "Bonny Irish Boy" and "Road By The River" in 1968, which led to appearances on major television shows. In the early 70s, she formed her own band, Country Folk, topped the Irish charts with an old Irish ballad, "I'll Forgive And I'll Try To Forget",
More than most, Margo was responsible for the new form of music "country and Irish". Even today, her success as a female country star at home or abroad has yet to be equalled. Take a trip to any pub in Kilburn or Cricklewood in London and there will be Margo songs on the jukebox and CDs on rotation behind the bar.
A very accomplished entertainer, she has never strayed far from her early influences, in either her concert appearances or her recorded output of almost 30 albums, which has led many people to affectionately call Margo "The Queen of Country and Irish".
From the files of John Bairds
Clockwise from left;
Paul Mitchell,Pedal Steel.London.
Kyd Graham,Drums. Mullingar.
Colm Graham,Rythem Guitar,Vocals. Mullingar.
Roy Butterfield,Lead Guitar,Vocals. Coventry.
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