Golden voices for Opera House show

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Riordan

Nostal­gia for the sounds of the Show­band era is in­creas­ing with ev­ery beat since a sell-out re­vival of golden oldies le­gends like Joe Mac, Art Sup­ple and Tony Stevens wowed the au­di­ence with a “re­u­nited gig” at Cork Opera House.

It has now been con­firmed that such stars of yesteryear, known of­fi­cially as the ‘Le­gends of the Cork Show­band Era’ will take to the stage of Cork Opera House on Oc­to­ber 7 and 8 and The Gle­nea­gle Ball­room in Kil­lar­ney on Oc­to­ber 14 as well as per­form­ing at the Clay­ton Ho­tel Sil­ver Springs on Jan­uary 6 next for Women’s Lit­tle Christ­mas.

Two of the orig­i­nal Dix­ies still re­main — the leg­endary Joe Mac, who re­cently cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day, is still go­ing strong and ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the up­com- ing gigs.

The show on Women’s Lit­tle Christ­mas will also fea­ture the leg­endary DJ Rockin’ Gerry.

The new breed of Show­band stars, Crys­tal Swing, is also set to get in on the act. Mary, Dervla and Derek, who does a su­perb huck­le­buck ver­sion of Bren­dan Bowyer’s clas­sic, will be fly­ing the flag for Cork tal­ent at the three venues.

This year the or­gan­is­ers have also added the ‘Man with the Golden Trum­pet’ Johnny Car­roll and Cork Songstress Linda Kenny with Joanna of Te­quila Sun­rise to the list of tal­ent ap­pear­ing on stage.

Tick­ets have al­ready gone on sale and can be bought at the Opera House box of­fice on (021) 427 0022 or on­line at www.cork­op­er­a­

Early book­ing is ad­vis­able as the shows are likely to sellout.

At the launch of Rolling Back The Years, com­ing to Cork Opera House on Oc­to­ber 7 and 8, were: Joe Mac, with his wife Ann McCarthy; Noreen O’Sul­li­van, Eileen and Tom McCarthy.

Noel Welch with Art Sup­ple of the Vic­tors at the Rolling Back The Years launch.

Tony Stevens and Johnny Car­roll at the Opera House for the launch party.

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