Irish teenager sings her heart out on family tractor

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Singing on the job - Irish workers add a little music to their working days

An Irish girl sat at the wheel of her family tractor and sang her heart out – creating a video that went viral in the process.

Leanne Rowlette was driving the tractor around her family farm in Dromore and listening to the country music classic ‘Go Lassie Go’.

She was clearly a fan of the song as she belted it out as the track was playing – and showed off a stunning voice in the process.

Little did she know that her father Sean had set up a camera to record her singing along.

Sean uploaded the video to his social media page, expecting it to be enjoyed by a few friends and family members. However, it went ballistic and turned Leanne into an internet sensation.

The video was even taken up by Ireland’s national media.

Sean told the Irish Mirror: “I put it up just for the craic on my own Facebook page, and sure it went all over the place. She just loves singing and she can’t believe the reaction to the video.”

Take a look at the video below.

It’s great to see someone happy in their work, singing along without a care in the world.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Leanne’s video did so well on social media. After all singing is a big deal in Ireland and you don’t have to go very far to find a pub with someone belting out the latest hit or some old time classic.

There are two types of music pub. The first type is where Irish trad musicians like to meet to perform and hone their skills. These are for the serious players and folk music aficionados. The second type are music pubs aimed mainly at tourists ready to soak up a little Irish culture. This is a typical example from Dublin’s Temple Bar are – featuring three pubs offering Irish dancing and music. Well worth a watch, highly infectious and guaranteed to get your foot tapping.

We also shouldn’t be too surprised either that Leanne is singing an old trad tune, Go Lassie Go, or Wild Mountain Thyme as it’s also called, for the folk music tradition has survived and thrived more in Ireland than virtually any other country in the world.


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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling