The sounds of Ireland coming to St Helens
St Patrick's Day is fast approaching on March 17, and as the luck of the Irish would have it, St Helens Theatre Royal has plenty of shows lined-up to get you in the Celtic spirit and transport you to the Emerald Isle.
First up, legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs *I will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, From Clare to Here, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy and Steal Away – will perform in concert at St Helens Theatre Royal on Wednesday, March 9.
The family band was formed in 1978, literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called The Buskers while their brothers Eddie and Finbar were involved in a road accident while touring in Germany.
When George and Paul got news of the accident, they immediately raced over to Germany to be with their brothers.
They then decided that they should all play as a band together and The Fureys was born!
Their emotive songs stir many emotions, from tears and laughter to sadness and joy. Over the years some of their greatest admirers have ranged from the neighbours they grew up with in Ballyfermot to the top sports people and politicians of the world and have performed for leaders such as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul II.
Recently, Irish President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Tony Blair publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys’ Green Fields of France*.
Next up, Irish folk band, The Dublin Legends, will have the audience dancing in the aisles on Sunday, May 8.
The band comprises former members of the iconic folk group, the Dubliners, who now tour as The Dublin Legends and after performing for 50 years are still going strong.
The band features Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul
Watchorn who are all true legends of Irish Folk music. Sean and Eamonn were members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years while Gerry joined them for the final part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.
He was a member of the iconic Four Men and A Dog, has played with everyone from Sharon Shannon to Shane MacGowan and has just finished a World Tour with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa.
Paul Watchorn, hailed one of the best five string banjo players in Ireland, toured the world as a member of Derek Warfield’s Sons of Erin for many years.
“The Lads” continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over including *Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town, The Wild Rover, Seven Drunken Nights, The Rare Auld Times, Finnegan’s Wake, Molly Malone, The Monto, Hand Me Down Me Bible, The Irish Rover, Black Velvet Band and many more.
Moving into the summer months, The Kilkennys will get the crowd going with an evening of live music at St Helens Theatre Royal on Friday, June 17.
Renowned for their musicianship and vocal abilities, The Kilkennys have gained a reputation for revitalising traditional Irish music and adding their own touch of passion and youthful energy.
Formed at a very young age, The Kilkennys have toured all over Ireland and have taken their music as far afield as Las Vegas, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Abu Dhabi and the Czech Republic.
The band have almost three million YouTube hits and a packed schedule of shows for 2014/2015 all over the world.
Davey Cashin, Rob Campion, Tommy Mackey and Davey Long are excited about bringing their brand of Irish music to St Helens. Come along to a show and join in the fun for a great evening of music and song!
So for a great night of traditional Irish music, plenty of laughing and dancing, washing down with a pint of the black stuff (yes the Crown Bar serves Guinness!) head to St Helens Theatre Royal.
For tickets call in to the Theatre Royal or call the box office on 01744 756000, or visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com