The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DIEHARD mu­sic fans at Mike the Pies in Lis­towel couldn’t be­lieve their luck when they were treated to a pretty se­lect gig to start the New mu­sic Year there last Thurs­day, as Coronas lead singer Danny O’Reilly took to the stage in an in­ti­mate con­cert be­fore fewer than 100 peo­ple.

He was joined by his sis­ter, Roisin O; Ham Sand­wich; John Broe (whom Roisin per­forms with as Thanks Brother); and more in an­other great coup for the fa­mous pub­lic house.

It was the au­di­ence’s re­ward for their long-stand­ing loyal pa­tro­n­is­ing of the Mike the Pie’s live mu­sic se­ries, started back in March 2015 by owner Ai­den O’Con­nor and al­ready the re­cip­i­ent of the cov­eted Hot Press Live Mu­sic Venue com­men­da­tion gong.

There’s been quite a few fa­mous names grace the small stage in the Lis­towel bar al­ready, but Danny O’Reilly was fairly up there – at a gig made even more sig­nif­i­cant by the fact that it was his single solo show for the pe­riod.

“He does a solo gig ev­ery Christ­mas, and per­formed in Derry last year, so I con­tacted him and he told me he had heard all about Mike the Pies from his sis­ter, Roisin, and de­cided to do this year’s solo gig in Lis­towel,” Ai­den ex­plained.

“We were thrilled to host Danny and to see the re­turn of his sis­ter, who per­forms as Roisin O, in a fairly in­cred­i­ble night that was also at­tended by Hot Press edi­tor Niall Stokes and his wife, Mairin Sheehy.

“First dibs on the tick­ets were given to our most loyal mu­sic cus­tomers who have been com­ing reg­u­larly to our con­certs since they be­gan back in March 2015,” Ai­den O’Con­nor ex­plained.

Danny O’Reilly, cen­tre front, with Mike the Pie’s front­man Ai­den O’Con­nor to his right and Dar­ren Clarke. Back, from left: Danny’s sis­ter, Róisín O; Bren­dan Walsh; Hot Press’ Mairin Sheehy and hus­band Niall Stokes; Ni­amh Farrell; John Broe; and Fer­gal D’Arcy.

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