IRELAND’S leading country pop singer, Lisa McHugh, is heading for the hills this Sunday to perform at Oakfest, Donegal’s much anticipated family friendly festival.
A pop country artist in all senses of the word, Lisa’s enchanting stage presence and undeniable talent are what her fans keep coming back for.
Falling in love with country music at a young age, Lisa began singing when she was a teenager.
By covering songs from the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton and Gareth Brookes, Lisa kick started a career that has gone from strength to strength over the years.
From performing, to telling stories and writing her own songs, Lisa said music is something that has and always will be in her life.
Growing up, the Glasgow born artist spent most of her free time in her mother’s hometown of Falacrragh.
Returning to her roots this weekend for her performance at Oakfest, Lisa said Donegal holds very fond memories for her.
“We spent a lot of time in Donegal growing up.
“We spent every summer here with my mum’s family and every Easter.
“Basically any kind of holiday time we had we would have spent it over in Ireland, in Donegal in particular,” she said.
Now living in Enniskillen, Lisa also spoke about tying the knot in Donegal with her husband Nathan Khan.
“I also got married here, Donegal definitely holds a special place in my heart,” she said.
Speaking ahead of her performance on Sunday, Lisa said she can’t wait for Oakfest.
“I can’t wait to be part of the line-up this weekend.
“There is a host of great artists, I am honoured to be part of the line-up.
“I am really excited to get back on stage and perform for a live audience again.
“It has been a couple of months now so I am definitely rearing to go,” she said.
Over the years Lisa has played a number of shows across the country but she is looking forward to performing in front of a Donegal crowd again.
“I really look forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces there.
“Crowds in Donegal are known for being good, rowdy and up for the craic crowds.
“I am looking forward to seeing a great atmosphere this weekend as well,” she said.
Taking to the stage at 6.15pm on Sunday, Lisa said fans can expect a lively, upbeat and fun show.
“I will be playing some of my newer songs but I will also be throwing in songs I am known for that I have recorded over the years.
“There will definitely be a few well known covers thrown in there as well so that everyone can sing and have a good time,” she said.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets you can do so via www.oakfieldpark.com/oakfest