Tick­ets are on sale for Don’s Wex­ford gig

Wexford People - - NEWS | ART & CULTURE -

AMER­I­CAN singer-song­writer Don McLean has an­nounced that he will play a con­cert in the Na­tional Opera House in Wex­ford on May 29 next year.

Born in New York, McLean, pic­tured left, now 72, is renowned for hits in­clud­ing ‘Vin­cent’, a trib­ute to the painter Vin­cent Van Gogh, and ‘Amer­i­can Pie’ which was partly in­spired by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richard­son in a plane crash in 1959 and was named the fifth great­est song of the 20th cen­tury. It was the long­est song (8.36 min­utes) to reach Num­ber 1 in the Amer­i­can Bill­board charts.

McClean also wrote ‘And I Love You So’ which was cov­ered by Elvis Pres­ley, Shirley Bassey and Glen Camp­bell among oth­ers.

His in­flu­ence on other mu­si­cians con­tin­ues. The UK singer-song­writer Jake Bugg said ‘Vin­cent’ was the first song he ever liked, af­ter hear­ing it on an episode of The Simp­sons.

‘Amer­i­can Pie’ was des­ig­nated an ‘au­ral trea­sure’ by the US Li­brary of Congress and worth of preser­va­tion in the Na­tional Record­ing Reg­istry.

Tick­ets for the Wex­ford con­cert and a sec­ond gig in the Mar­quee, Cork on June 14, were due to go on sale yes­ter­day (Mon­day, De­cem­ber 4).

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