Clare singers rule The Voice – see your Clare stars in local gigs this March

Kate Purcell

Clare musicians are on the march – with talented singer from the Banner county dominating on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Following last weeks superb performance from Sarah McTernan in the Voice of Ireland, it was the turn of Tulla singer, Kate Purcell, and Burren based artist, Sharon Murphy, to impress the judges this week.
Clare is now, by some distance, the best performing county in this year’s competition and with Bodyke’s Cristin Nolan still to come next week – the Banner could yet have five talented ladies in the live shows.
All the focus was on Kate Purcell on Sunday night – as she came through a difficult battle which saw her mentor, Westlife’s Kian Egan, taking heavy criticism for his choice of song.
“It was a big relief, the duet is not an easy round to cope with. You’re not really sure what way it’s going to go. You are thrown a song and it’s maybe not a song that you’d ever sing in your life and the person you are singing opposite is a strange. It’s a difficult one,” said Kate yesterday.
“Kian got a bit of a hammering for the choice of song. But it’s not an easy task to pick a song for two singers. We had come into the competition singing more mellow songs so I suppose he wanted to throw something a little more lively at us and see what we would do with it. I presume that was his thinking behind it. He got a bit of flack from it. That’s part of the competition and, to be honest, it’s something I enjoy. A song is thrown at you and you have to make the best of out to.”
Meanwhile, Sharon Murphy stole the show on the Voice UK on Saturday night, wowing her mentor Tom Jones her performance of George Ezra’s ‘Blame It On Me’ – a performance which has already been viewed more then 50,000 times on youtube.
Kate Purcell will play in Eyre Square in Galway this Saturday, in her home village of Feakle this Sunday with her band Thrillogy and in the Killaloe Cathedral on March 13. She will also play support to Stockton’s Wing in the West County on March 14. Sarah McTiernan at the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick on March 21.


  1. Its good that Sarah is on the voice of Ireland. My old place originally I came from was ard na crusha in the east of the county. Best of luck sarah


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