Irish eyes 
ready to smile on Berwick

Nathan Carter
Nathan Carter

He’s one of the biggest acts in the Emerald Isle at the moment and tonight Nathan Carter will light up the Berwick stage with his Irish charm.

Nathan is currently sitting pretty at number 2 in Ireland’s national album chart ahead of the likes of Michael Buble and David Guetta and is keeping everything crossed that his latest release ‘Where I Wanna Be’ will climb up a spot to de-throne current number one act Kodaline.

The 23 year old is no stranger to having albums shoot up the Irish country music chart but this is the first time he’s tasted mainstream success thus far.

And to say he was slightly chuffed would be an understatement of the highest degree.

“It’s absolutely amazing to have the second best selling album in the country,” Nathan exclaimed.

“I can’t quite get my head round it, especially when you look at the charts and see the likes of Michael Buble, Bruce Springsteen and One Direction behind you.

“My fanbase has grown ridiculously in the past six months.

“I had a big hit with the song ‘Wagon Wheel’ last year; that seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people so I think there was anticipation to see what I’d come out with next. People were waiting for something new.

‘Where I Wanna Be’ is the first one of his releases that Nathan has a songwriting credit on and he said it was great to get some of his own music out there.

“Recording this album was a bit different to the others in the sense that I got to have more input and I was getting to put some of my thoughts into the songs.

“I never imagined 12 months ago that things would have taken off in the way that they have.”

Although he’s thrilled to have penned some of the tracks on ‘Where I Wanna Be’, Nathan isn’t afraid to wind back the clock and put his slant on some classic tracks from deacdes gone by.

The likes of ‘Boys of Summer’ and ‘The Twelfth of Never’ are big fan favourites amongst Nathan’s growing army of supporters and both feature on his new album.

“I grew up in a family that were mad on music,” he continued.

“I was brought up on the likes of Dolly Parton and Jonny Cash as well as traditional Irish folk.

“I also love pop music from the 60s and 70s and I love performing tracks from that era during my live shows.

“I’ve got quite a lot of younger fans and old tracks will be like new ones for them.

“Even as recently as 18 months ago country music wasn’t deemed as cool for the younger generation to be into but its really grown in popularity.”

As well as being inspired by some of the greats in country and contemporary music from yesteryear, Nathan also finds it easy to be influenced by current artists, emphasised in the fact he covers The Lumineer’s ‘Ho Hey’ on ‘Where I Wanna Be’.

“I ‘m a big fan of some of the American artists who are really big at the moment like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, who was a judge on the last series of ‘American Idol’.

“I’d love to be big worldwide one day and I’m really hoping to tour Australia for a few weeks next year.

“I’ve had talks with a few different promoters and I’m hoping to get things firmed up soon.”

*Nathan’s 7.30pm Maltings show is very nearly sold out.