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“Tractors are a bit of a drug, to be honest” – admits Crystal Swing’s Derek Burke, who has a passion for restoring vintage Ford tractors.

The country music star’s parents grew up on farms, so it was just a “natural progression” for Derek to “enjoy the agricultural life”.

“As I started to get older, my passion grew and then I knew it was time to purchase my own tractors,” he told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.

The Lisgoold, Co. Cork native went in search of original models and eventually purchased several vintage tractors ­— the first of which was a Ford 4000.

“I am going to keep buying and selling [tractors] - it is an expensive hobby,” explained Derek - a member of Crystal Swing and Flake the Gander.

Burke owns several tractors and implements including a Zetor Crystal 8011, which is 1975, a Taarup Mark 2 and a Zetor 4728, which is 1978, along with a JF harvester.

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