Legendary Irish country music singer Big Tom McBride dies aged 81
Irish country music star Tom McBride – also known for being the frontman of The Mainliners – has died aged 81. The singer passed away “peacefully”, his family have confirmed, adding he would be “sadly missed by all who knew him”.
The “giant in Irish country music” died in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Apr.17). McBride’s four children Thomas, Dermot, Aisling and Siobhán gave the sad news on the socials: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father Big Tom McBride (RIP) this morning,” the statement reads.
“Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace,” it concludes.
In addition to being a huge country music singer, Big Tom was also a guitarist and saxophone player. The musician enjoyed a career spanning five decades which saw him hit the charts with Big Tom And The Mainliners. The band, formed in the 1960s, were famous for songs including ‘Broken Marriage Vows’ and ‘The Sunset Years Of Life’.
McBride, whose wife Rose died in January, was hospitalised in 2006 after suffering a heart attack. He was inducted into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame in June 2016.