- 07 Aug 18
She's already being lauded as one of the best country singers to emerge in years, but for Catherine McGrath, it took leaving her home in Northern Ireland, discovering her voice in London and Nashville, and gaining small but crucial personal victories, before she could finish off her incredible debut album, Talk Of The Town.
One pm and there's space enough in the Black Door cafe for all of Dublin's finest journalists, DJs, radio presenters and broadcasters to get a good look at Catherine McGrath performing on the small stage.
'The next big thing' is a phrase that we've all been forewarned against using in this business - the sense of eyerolling exaggeration that comes with it means it's better left in the Handbook of Cliches. But everyone watching Catherine McGrath showcasing tracks from her debut album is whispering the words to each other anyway.
For the 21-year old Co. Down country-pop singer, this isn't her first rodeo (sorry). Catherine's been plugging her music persistently in London for two years now and has gotten very, very good at making herself heard (when Elton John leaves you a personal voice message saying he loves your music, you must be doing something right).