PHELIM DREW TO RE­VISIT HIS DAD’S MU­SIC

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Ac­tor and mu­si­cian Phelim Drew will re­visit the mu­sic of his dad Ron­nie dur­ing a con­cert in the Whale Theatre in his home­town of Grey­stones.

On Wed­nes­day, June 9, Phelim will put his own twist on the col­lec­tion made fa­mous by one of Ire­land’s most beloved racon­teurs.

‘Grow­ing up, I was al­ways struck by the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated by a con­cert given by The Dublin­ers,’ he said. ‘Look­ing back I can see that the group was made up by the in­di­vid­ual strength of each per­former but to­gether they were a force of na­ture.

‘That en­ergy and ex­cite­ment cou­pled with the un­bri­dled joy of the au­di­ence made for a night’s en­ter­tain­ment that felt more like a party in full swing, where the host and guests were in per­fect har­mony.’

He said that hav­ing such large shoes to fill meant he had mod­est am­bi­tions as a singer.

‘How­ever, in my cho­sen path as an ac­tor, mu­sic has al­ways played a part – ei­ther pro­fes­sion­ally, in shows like The Abbey Theatre pro­duc­tion of The Risen Peo­ple, or more re­cently the mu­si­cal Once. Also, over the years, play­ing with friends in bars.’

In the 10 years since Ron­nie passed away, Phelim has come to en­joy lis­ten­ing back over his mu­si­cal legacy and the wealth of ma­te­rial has reawak­ened not only a sense of pride but also ap­pre­ci­a­tion. ‘With the up­com­ing show at The Whale in Grey­stones I’ll be singing some of the songs made fa­mous by Ron­nie, Luke, Barney, Ciaran and John as well as other personal favourites by other artists in­clud­ing The Pogues and Paul Brady that will hope­fully go towards mak­ing up a night that the au­di­ence will en­joy as much as I will,’ said Phelim.

Hav­ing es­tab­lished him­self as one of the coun­try’s most in-de­mand ac­tors and voiceover artists, Phelim has al­ways held a spe­cial place in his heart for mu­sic, per­form­ing with nu­mer­ous col­lab­o­ra­tors and bands over the decades. And now, fi­nally, he’s happy to embrace those early in­flu­ences, the mu­sic that re­sounded through the Drew home on Killincar­rig Road.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion go to whalethe­atre.ie.

Phelim Drew.

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