Country and Irish is a musical subgenre in Ireland formed by mixing North American country style music with Irish influences. It is especially popular in the rural Midlands and North-West of the country, but less so in urban areas or in the South-West where more traditional Irish music is favoured. It also remains popular among Irish emigrants in Britain, particularly among the older generation.
The following artists would be considered in the genre
Country and Irish is featured on national and local media. Most local radio stations outside Dublin have a music show dedicated to Country Music, on programs such as Country Roads and Céilí Lár Tíre on Midlands 103 and on The Country Lounge on CRCfm. RTÉ Radio provide an hour of each Saturday with Country Time with Sandy Harsch.
On television many of the Country and Irish musicians had TV shows on RTÉ One during the 1980s such as The Sandy Kelly Show or The Red Hurley Show, by the 1990s many of those shows had been axed by RTÉ. RTÉ also broadcast the Country Music Television on RTÉ Two during the 1990s. In the 2000s RTÉ produced a retrospective series called A Little Bit Country feature stars from the golden era of Irish Country music.