By Adam Shaw
Ireland’s adopted country music superstar Nathan Carter gave a debut performance of his song ‘Liverpool’ on RTE’s Late Late Show last week, in honour of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough.
Last week a Coroner’s Court jury concluded that the victims had been “unlawfully killed” and that match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” due to a breach of his duty of care.
Now Carter, who is based in Ireland but was born and raised in Merseyside has written his tribute to those who died in Sheffield in 1989.
“I wrote it about six months ago with a good friend of mine, Nicky James, and his brother Joe,” he said.
“It refers to the Beatles, George [Harrison] and John [Lennon], but it also mentions Hillsborough in the middle.”
Speaking about the verdict, which brought some closure to the families of those who died, 27 years after the incident itself, Carter added: “It was so touching this week when they got the result.
“You just saw the relief on the families’ faces, that they can eventually put the people to rest – it’s gone on for so long.”
The musician, whose family roots are in Co. Donegal, released his new album Stayin’ Up All Night at the end of last month.
To date he has not managed to reach the same heights of success as he has in Ireland but last week his management announced that demand for tickets to his forthcoming London concert has outstripped the number of tickets available.
The concert has been moved from the o2 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush to the London Palladium.
Book your tickets here: www.nathancartermusic.com