Larissa Tormey - Special Christmas (iTunes €1.29)

Singer-songwriter Larissa Tormey has recorded Special Christmas in aid of Special Needs Parents Association (www.specialneedsparents.ie) which supports parents of people with special needs and disabilities.

Russian mezzo soprano keeps it country on Kilbeggan farm

A Russian classical pianist and mezzo soprano is keeping it country on a beef farm in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

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Meet our Mos-Cow girl

Russian singer who found love with Irish farmer is aiming to be island's next country music star.

"Countrywide"

Well, it’s a story that would not be out of place on a country record and that is the tale of a Russian soprano who married a Westmeath bachelor. Larissa Tormey, a classical trained soprano and pianist met her future husband, Christy, when he was on a stag weekend in Moscow.

Within six months of their meeting, they were married with Larissa leaving behind the operatic stage in Moscow for pastures new on Christy’s beef farm in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath.

Well 16 years on, and still very much in love, Larissa is now making her mark as a country music singer.

Brenda Donohue went down to Kilbeggan and Larissa began by showing her around the farm.

"The Mooney Show"

Larissa's interview with Derek Mooney

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From Russia with love country style

Larissa Tormey is a lady you don’t meet every day, writes Michael Commins