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Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014. It’s a real shame it’s the last tour. I’ve been to see three different tours and loved each one (apart from Marti Pellow’s performance last year, as I thought he was rubbish). I’m not sure what to think about Brian McFadden, after hearing Gary Barlow singing that part on the album it’s a shame it’s not going to be him. Of course there are always people who think the part only belongs to Justin Hayward and after seeing Marti murder it I’m inclined to agree but I’m hoping to go to the Dublin show next year and see what I think.
The show will again feature Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.
Liam Neeson’s 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.
The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine. There are still some cast members to be announced so I’m interested to know who they will be.
The Model presents
Divas 4 DVAS feat guest appearance with Nina Hynes
November 23rd @ 8pm
For booking and information: 071 – 914 1405 / www.themodel.ie
I’m really looking forward to this event, we are so lucky to have such talented people coming to Sligo to perform and this one is for a wonderful cause so please support, don’t just wait for me to blog about how wonderful it was
This November The Model is delighted to be hosting the now annual ‘Divas for DVAS’, a night celebrating women with all proceeds going towards the safe house project by DVAS. DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy Service) is a local service, protecting women affected by domestic violence throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.
The support for this annual event has once again been astounding – both DVAS and The Model would like to sincerely thank all performers for agreeing to play for free in support of the charity.
‘Divas for DVAS’ features an all star line up with some of Ireland’s (and predominantly hailing from Sligo) most versatile female talents. Our ‘divas’ this year include Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy, Claudia Schwab, Margo Barrow, YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson of Big Papa Blues Band and Mark Conway of (Now retired) Grizzly Dippers. we’re delighted to welcome back Cathy Jordan who generously supported the event last year. This year Cathy will perform – for the first time – together with niece Síofra Jordan, who has also been taking Sligo’s music scene by storm with Blind Fox and the re-formed Wagamuffins (Ex Ragamuffins). Cork based singer songwriter Foxglove who recently wowed audiences at her performance on the acoustic stage at The Model during Sligo Live will make the journey back to Sligo and we will round off the evening with a guest appearance by Berlin based Irish singer -songwriter Nina Hynes.
Nina released her debut album, Staros, to huge critical acclaim in 1999 and has since released a further 2 albums and number of EP’s on her own record label Transplant Records. Nina has appeared on Other Voices, No Disco and The View, has toured internationally and has also supported Roxy Music, Stereolab, Damien Rice and The Frames. She most recently took part in a series of Trailblaze events during Dublin Fringe Festival where she performed with a choir of 101 children to incredible effect.
The vibe will be set by the tunes of Indie DJ Karen Spellman and visuals by Nigel Gallagher in The Model Atrium so come early!
Join us for an excellent evening of entertainment in aid of a very worthy charity.
For more information about the excellent and much needed service which DVAS provide, please see www.domesticviolence.ie
Last night was a fantastic evening of entertainment by the one and only Kieran Quinn (and a grand piano, and good friends). The event at The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo was sold out and I’m not surprised, here in Sligo we have the most talented musicians. It was a musical extravaganza to celebrate the launch of Kieran’s debut album ‘Not Just Black and White’, which will be released on December 5th. In true Late Late Show style there was a copy of his single for everyone in the audience.
We were taken on a musical rollercoaster of everything from jazz, blues, Irish and even a Michael Jackson song made an appearance! Not only did we get a night of great music we also got some laughs, the performers all get on really well and were joking around with each other, they make it all seem so effortless.
We were entertained for almost three hours and to be honest I could have listened to them all night. Kieran Quinn’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody was just something else. The crowd loved it and there were three or four standing ovations. Well done to all involved and I do hope you come back for another show soon. The rest of my photos are here.
I’m really looking forward to this event in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. I’ve seen Kieran many times at various events including An Evening with Sgt. Pepper (which we went to see 4 times!) and with Anything Goes. His good friends are also very talented too. Below is Kieran Quinn and Joe Hunt performing Strawberry Fields in Chapters.
From field to stage, Kieran Quinn brings his debut album to the Hawk’s Well Theatre this November. A gig not to be missed, tickets €17/14 concession are now on sale from the Hawk’s Well box office on 071 9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com
Lucy is a big fan of Lawson so when I heard they were going to be on Ruth and Paddy’s Weekenders Show on RTE 2fm I applied for tickets, I wanted to surprise her for her 18th birthday. She was delighted when she found out she was going so yesterday we headed up to Dublin to the RTE studios.
We were taken into the studio that the RTE Concert Orchestra use. We were sitting up at the balcony and it would have been great if the lights were left on but when Lawson arrived they turned them off. My camera isn’t a fan of low light so the photos are rubbish.
These two are the best of a very bad bunch, of course if I still had the Canon it would have been a different story ;) Lawon played two songs live on 2fm and another two songs for the fans. They are brilliant live and even though it was a short set it was well worth going to, we had a great time. You can listen to the show here, it’s about 32 minutes into it (click on 19th October).
After the show we got to meet the band. Our photo was taken but I can’t find them online yet so these are a couple I took with other fans. Lucy and I had a wander around the Fair City set afterwards which I’ll post as a separate blog.
Yesterday was the Rock ‘n the Green Festival in Collooney, Sligo. It’s was a fantastic event a charity event to remembering local resident Eamon Gaffney who lost his life last year. Proceeds from the event will be donated directly to C.F Ireland and North West Hospice. I offered to take photos and had a brilliant time, one of the highlights for me was meeting Royseven, I’m a big fan…thanks to Denise for taking this pic Thanks to Canon Ireland for the wonderful 100D which I’m still borrowing, I’m really pleased with these photos from it.
The event started at 4.30pm and ran until 2am, fantastic value for the ticket price of €25. It was all undercover which was just as well because it must have been one of the worst days of the year with non-stop rain. Dean Gurrie, a local musician, was the first act and he was brilliant, I missed him at the Sligo Summer Festival so it was great to see him perform.
Rackhouse Pilfer were the next act to take to the stage and they got the place dancing. They are a great local band and they really look like they enjoy what they do.
Next up were another local band The Quakers, another fantastic band. It’s mad because one of the lads used to go to the same school as my kids so I feel very old watching them.
Lisa Brady from iRadio was the MC for the evening and she did a great job. I got to meet her as well, she’s a lovely lady.
Bagatelle were amazing as well and are really nice guys. They had the crowd going mad. The photo above is them with Andrea and Denise who were helping to organise the event. I have to say a massive thanks to these ladies for being so nice to me
Royseven were next….what an amazing band. I loved every minute of their set and wish they could have played for longer. They are so friendly, it was a pleasure to meet them. If you get a chance to see them live do go along.
The last act that I saw was Mundy….because by that time I was wrecked (old age). I also couldn’t hear because I was sitting on a speaker for much of the night. I’m a bit achy today but it was well worth it. I have to say a massive thanks and well done to the organisers, they did a fantastic job and I hope this will be an annual event. The rest of my photos are here.
Last night was the opening night of the Fun Company Sligo’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. I was delighted to go along and take some photos for my blog…ahead of my ‘proper’ trip to see the show later this week.
The show was amazing, there was a live orchestra providing the music, they and the cast were outstanding. I’m always delighted to see such talented people in Sligo. I loved every minute of it and recommend anyone to go and see it. It runs until Sunday.
As usual I took way too many photos. My thanks again to Canon Ireland for lending me the 100D which is a great camera, I’m very pleased with the results. You can see the rest of my photos here.
This weekend saw the Sligo Summer Festival take place in town. I got to see quite a bit of it yesterday although I missed the events on Friday night. There was a great buzz about the town. I loved the stunt bikers….would love to be able to do this
If there concerts weren’t enough there was also a carnival.
All too soon the festival came to an end. Well done to all concerned on a great event, the rest of my photos are here.
If you don’t want to read any spoilers from the show don’t read on I wasn’t sure about the whole New Generation thing as I am a massive fan of the original album and show. However my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to go to Dublin and see what I thought.
You’ll have to forgive the lack of photos. The O2 were being really strict about people taking photos so I just sneaked a few and they aren’t great. The show begin with ‘William and Vera’ (Michael Falzon and Lily Osborne), they had more of a speaking part than in the 2010 show although they didn’t walk into the audience this time. There was the gust of wind at the end of their part where the newspapers blew into the audience.
Liam Neeson is now George Herbert the journalist, taking over from Richard Burton. As well as the holographic head to the left of the stage (and I heard some people on the right had trouble seeing it). Liam also appears full body on a screen which comes up from the stage from time to time. So for this show he actually interacts with some of the cast. Of course he’s not Richard Burton and I found some of the narration lacking a bit, what was missing with the diction was made up for by Liam’s facial expressions. He actually acted the part where of course Richard couldn’t.
Marti Pellow played the ‘Sung thoughts of the journalist’. To be honest this was the most disappointing part of the show for me. After hearing Gary Barlow singing on the new album, (and I’m not a Gary Barlow fan), I thought Marti might be fine. I found his voice quite weak though and he just really didn’t seem to be putting much feeling into it. The leaves came down on the right side of the stage during Forever Autumn.
Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs was the artillery man and I have to say he stole the show. He really does a brilliant rendition of someone going insane. He put such energy into the part, I loved it when he ran into the audience. He did have a few problems with the high notes from Brave New World but it didn’t make any difference he was still great and got the biggest cheer of the night. He has more props than in previous shows and actually digs into the stage which looks quite realistic.
Will Stapleton was the Voice of Humanity and he was brilliant, he’s got a great powerful voice and was perfect for the role. I really want to check out his band Jettblack.
The sound for the second half was a bit distorted and I found some of the voices were drowned out by the music, especially during Spirit of Man but I was really impressed with what I did hear. Jason Donovan was excellent as Parson Nathaniel, the role suited him better than the artillery man role he played last time. Kerry Ellis as Beth was excellent, probably the best one I’ve seen. At the end of the song Beth dies and her ‘spirit’ is meant to levitate, something went wrong though so it didn’t work as planned and they had to drag the dress through the trap door in the stage.
At the end all the cast are introduced and all sing part of The Eve of the War. There was a standing ovation for the show which was well deserved. It did annoy me when people started walking out during this song, it’s very distracting for those trying to watch the show.
Michael Falzon took to the stage for the epilogue as Marvin, the NASA controller. Again this is a longer part than the 2010 show, he gets blown up in the end though…and I still have no idea how they did it.
Other parts of the show: the heatray from the fighting machine…and I screamed again!, paperboys running across the stage twice, the change in the music making it more modern, more graphics on the screen, Chris Spedding and Herbie Flowers getting their own little ‘solo’ where they get to stand on a raised stage. The martians talking more in the show. A bit at the end of Liam Neeson and Carrie talking to eachother. Liam’s hologram was on stage and Carrie’s hologram was on the left of the stage. There was loads of merchandise for sale including some great t-shirts. I did think 20 euro for a mug was way too expensive though. Also the programmes were 20 euro but if you wanted one signed by Jeff it was 40! If you met him, he’d sign it for nothing.
Things that I didn’t like…the daft woman who thought the show was about a spider! The people behind me who had no idea what the show was about. Not being able to take photos. Apart from that I loved every minute and it was over way too quickly…if you get a chance to go do. My photos are here.
We got to meet most of the cast and crew afterwards as I was staying in the same hotel. They were all so nice especially Michael Falzon who spent a good while talking to us and Jeff and his wife…but all of them were lovely. A fan asked Jeff to phone his friend….no one would have believed I’m sad it’s all over but looking forward to the next tour and fingers crossed they bring out a new DVD.
On Tuesday we went to the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo to see The Mersey Beatles. They were amazing. I can’t praise them highly enough. They played for over 2 and a half hours and belted out so many hits from The Beatles. We were singing along to them all.
John really did look like John. Although George looked more like Paul as Paul himself admitted. Confused? I am
The lads went through 4 changes of outfits which I never expected but it was brilliant. It really did reflect the changes The Beatles went through. They sounded so much like the real thing as well. The Mersey Beatles are doing a tour of Ireland after spending ten years playing The Cavern in Liverpool. If you get a chance do go and see them. It’s an amazing show.
I have to say though in this photo I think ‘George’ on the left looks like James May. Sorry George
We got to meet the band after the show and they commented on Andy’s ‘Beatle’ haircut! The rest of my photos are here.
I can’t believe the show wasn’t sold out. Sligo people where were you?? You missed an amazing night.