Offaly singer Alex Roe had reason to celebrate last week when he won his second major country music award.
The Clara native was named Rising Male Country Music Artist of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards concert in Cavan last week.
Alex, who received the Larry Cunningham Music Inspiration Award at the same event in 2019, was presented with his award by host and Hot Country TV founder Hugh O’Brien at the Slieve Russell Hotel last Tuesday evening.
Following his performance of a Charley Pride medley alongside fellow Offalyman Colin Kenny, Roe expressed his appreciation for Hot Country’s continued support.
Alex commented: “I am very grateful to receive this award, it means a lot to me. Hugh has supported me since the beginning of my career, as he has for so many others. I remember the first times I had the opportunity to perform at the Hot Country Awards and it was such an amazing platform for a young artist or someone who is new to the scene. Not only can you sing in front of a large audience, but almost all of Ireland’s biggest names are also in attendance in the evening, as well as overseas performers, so it’s always a great occasion.”
“We have all been looking forward to this night again, especially after the past two years. So in addition to saying a big thank you for this award, I also want to say a big shout out to Hugh and his team for making the show even better. big and better than ever this year. It was a pleasure to step back onto the Hot Country stage and pay homage to one of the country’s greatest artists, the late Charley Pride. And of course, it was also nice to be able to share this moment with another Midlands man in Colin Kenny,” Alex continued.
Alex is also gearing up to perform a benefit concert in Ukraine this week. He will perform at a special Voices For Peace fundraising concert at the Tuar Ard in Moate on April 14.
On Thursday night, Alex will join fellow Hot Country Award winners Larissa Tormey and Aishling Rafferty, as well as Eurovision legend Charlie McGettigan, singer/songwriter PJ Murrihy, Glór Tíre judge Caitríona O’Sullivan, crooner great Dave Lawlor and Ger O’Brien, a well-known figure in the country scene, to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross to benefit Ukraine. The MC of the evening will be Eddie Rowley from the Sunday World.
“It’s really heartbreaking to see everything that’s going on and to feel like there’s nothing you can do about it,” Alex said.
“But as a performer and an artist, one thing we can always try to do is use our platform to draw attention to things or to help worthy causes. So I didn’t shy away from join this concert. I hope we will see many familiar faces join us in Moate so that we can all do our part in using our voices for peace.”
Tickets for this April 14 show are only €20 and are available on the Tuar Ard website, www.tuarard.ie, and at the box office on 090-6482042 (please note that a booking fee will apply to tickets purchased online, but NOT to tickets purchased over the phone at the box office). Tickets are also available from TRAX Record Store at the Bridge Centre, Tullamore, and from Tormey Butchers in Tullamore.