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