Suite suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - THE TICKET - Ian Bunt­ing

An Air­drie rocker is singing from the rooftops af­ter se­cur­ing a reg­u­lar slot at a top new mu­si­cal venue in the town.

Kevin Don­nelly, 42, made the most of con­nec­tions to an old friend to land an “ex­cit­ing” link-up with per­form­ers at the new mu­si­cal hub in the Joey Rowan Suite at Airdrieonians Football Club’s New Broom­field sta­dium.

The new venue was launched back in July and or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing to make the Craigneuk Av­enue fa­cil­ity one of the hottest new mu­si­cal sites in La­nark­shire.

And Kevin is set to play a key role in the hub’s de­vel­op­ment, as the singer-song­writer ex­plains: “I sup­ported Martin Stephen­son when he per­formed the first gig at the new mu­si­cal hub in the Joey Rowan Suite.

“I used to be in a band with the sta­dium man­ager, Paul Hether­ing­ton, and we went to school to­gether.

“Paul asked me to be­come a reg­u­lar sup­port­ing act for artists per­form­ing at the Joey Rowan Suite.

“He also gave me a brand-new guitar for spon­sor­ship and as a good­will ges­ture af­ter I helped them out with a char­ity gig the sta­dium helped ar­range for the Sammy’s Shel­ter char­ity cam­paign.

“As great as it is per­form­ing across the coun­try, there’s also a spe­cial buzz when you get up on stage in your home town, in front of some fa­mil­iar faces.”

Kevin’s new slot at the Joey Rowan Suite comes as the mu­si­cian pre­pares to re­lease his de­but al­bum. He said: “I am so ex­cited to be work­ing on the al­bum. It is go­ing to be called The Boy from the Boarded Up Town.

“I got the idea from walk­ing up South Bridge Street in Air­drie town cen­tre and see­ing the old John Orrs all boarded up.

“I am liv­ing my dream of a ca­reer in mu­sic and can’t wait to get my mu­sic out there.”

I am liv­ing my dream of a ca­reer in mu­sic

Rock on Kevin loves play­ing at gigs in his home town

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