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The un­ex­pected death of broad­caster Sandy Harsch casts a shadow over last week, rob­bing Ir­ish mu­sic ra­dio of one of its most dis­tinc­tive voices. As pre­sen­ter of RTÉ Ra­dio 1’s lon­grun­ning show Coun­try Time, Harsch was a won­der­ful ad­vo­cate of coun­try mu­sic in all its vari­a­tions. Up un­til two weeks ago, she could be heard on her Satur­day-night slot play­ing tracks by vet­eran and emerg­ing artists from the US and Ire­land, while of­fer­ing hon­est opin­ion and deep knowl­edgein­her­gentlyau­thor­i­ta­tiveAmer­i­can ac­cent, still strong after more than 50 years liv­ing in Ire­land. An in­valu­able re­source for coun­try fans, Harsch’s show was also a rev­e­la­tory plea­sure for any mu­sic lover who stum­bled across it. A true fan and a nat­u­ral broad­caster, she will be sadly missed.

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