By Susie Kellie

Irish Country-Pop crossover star Nathan Carter is bringing his Born for the Road tour to London Palladium for St Patrick’s Day.

As one of Ireland’s biggest live music acts, Nathan is becoming a household name, with tracks from “Stayin’ Up All Night” becoming hits, such as “Wagon Wheel” and “I Wanna Dance”.

Having recently played (2017/2018) arena shows in Ireland at the 3Arena Dublin and SSE Arena Belfast, last summer he cemented his superstar status performing for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families event in Croke Park Dublin.

Growing up in a house where Country and Western music filled the air, Nathan was exposed to classic songs of Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Dolly Parton. From the tender age of 4 years old, he learned to play guitar, piano and accordion before becoming head chorister in the Liverpool Boys choir where he toured the world and even performed in front of the Pope in Rome.

Nathan talks to the Weekender.

How does it feel to be Ireland’s biggest live music act?

I don’t stop to think about it I’m always striving to get more tours I do 120 tours in a year. It’s all about putting on the best performance I can for people and making sure the crowds enjoy the experience

Craziest tour experience?

Tour bus is really crazy. Waking up in different venues – boys wanna stay up sometimes – The sleeping would be the hardest due to the bus moving a lot

Would you consider collaborations?

I did a TV show (research TV show) in Ireland and collaborated with Mel C and Billy Ocean.

Who would be your dream collaboration?

I love Ed Sheeran, Celtic and folk music. I love how what he does fuses music with different genres. He would be an absolute dream collaboration.

What was it like performing in front of Pope Francis?

It was a huge honour. 80,000 people live. It was very nerve wrecking and to be in front of the Pope was amazing. It was one of the biggest gigs of my career.

What can Londoners expect from your show?

There’s a couple of surprises with it being St Patrick’s Day. Myself and a seven-piece band will perform in my absolute favourite venue in the world and to be doing it on St Patrick’s day is amazing. Of course there’ll be some Irish music.

What are your top three wishes for 2019?

I would love to get into the UK top 10. I have been in the top 20. I’ll also be writing and recording new music. I’d like to collaborate with someone in pop and I love playing the accordion on stage as well as the piano but I need to practice playing the piano more.

Nathan is playing at London Palladium on March 17. Tickets: https://www.ticketline.co.uk/