Country cousin returns

Lisa McHugh
Lisa McHugh

THIS week’s feature artist is an unusual blend of influences – a little bit country, a little bit southside and a touch of Irish thrown in for good measure.

Lisa McHugh, born and raised this side of the Clyde, has settled down in Donegal these days — but don’t let that fool you, because her sound is pure Nashville.

The former Holyrood secondary school pupil (23) returns to her roots this week, for a show at the Redhurst hotel in Giffnock.

The show, fresh off the back of a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee (perhaps a culture shock from the one we’re all used to at Paisley Toll) promises plenty of dancing for those with tapping toes.

Lisa’s visit to America literally stopped downtown traffic, as she was followed by a Nashville camera crew, filming her every move prior to the performance.

The young songstress traced the footsteps of many country greats along Music Row, and was greeted with the sound of car horns and slowed traffic during filming — sealing her new celebrity status.

She then took to the stage as a guest of country star Gene Watson, duetting on Help Me Make It Through the Night – and was introduced by the man himself as “a girl that has a lot of good things coming to her in the United States”.

As for Saturday’s slot in Glasgow, it’s part of a tour to promote her latest single, In the Glow of the Light, released earlier in March — and it can’t be doing too badly, having picked up single of the year at the West Limerick 102 awards earlier in the month.

None of which is too shabby for a country singer of 23 – and let’s face it, especially one that was raised a far cry from the square dances of the Southern states.

n Lisa McHugh performs at the Redhurst hotel, Giffnock, on Saturday (April 7). Doors open at 9pm. Tickets £12, available on 07831222908.