A special night of acoustic music is in store for Sligo as two Irish Music Icons, Davy Carton and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors bring their tour to SIXTH on Teeling in Sligo on Friday April 1st. Continue reading “Davy and Leo in Sligo”
Sligo Summer Festival is delighted to announce that Disco icons Boney M featuring Maizie Williams will headline the Friday night of this years Sligo Summer Festival.
Maizie, original singer from the very birth of Boney M in 1975, is now joined by three dynamic singers after the success of the second Boney M remixed album “The Greatest Hits of Boney M” , which included 14 tracks of the best-loved songs and was remixed by the original founder of the group, Frank Farian.
It was obvious from the vast number of record sales that the magic of Boney M was still there and now being enjoyed by a new generation. Maizie thought it was time for this new audience to see the energy that goes with each and every one of the groups songs and decided that they would tour. Audiences in Russia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Uzbekistan, and many other countries have since thrilled to the energetic visual performances of all the well-loved songs.
Maizie, most definitely the M in Boney M, and the group have revitalized the songs while keeping the same lyrics, giving them a new and modern sound that will have all generations tapping their feet and moving to the new funky beat.
Boney M’s impressive set with the likes of; “Rivers of Babylon”(No1), “Brown girl in the ring”(No1) , “Rasputin”(No”2), “Hooray Hooray it’s a Holi-Holiday”(No3), “Marys boy child”(No1), “Daddy Kool”(No:6), “Sunny”(No3), “Ma Baker”(No2) and “Hooray Hooray it’s a Holi-Holiday”(No3), guarantees this will be a night of non stop hits!
Sligo Summer Festival, now in its fourth year, has already successfully hosted three hugely attended festivals in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It has attracted thousands of people in the last three years and this year could be the biggest one yet.
Previous years have seen Sister Sledge, The Riptide Movement, Ryan Sheridan, Bressie, The Saw Doctors, Sharon Shannon & Mundy headline with many other amazing Irish acts also grace the stage in what has become one of Irelands biggest festivals.
The festival runs for two nights on Friday August 7th and Saturday 8th 2015, and runs just before the World Fleadh hits Sligo on Sunday August 9th so the crowds are expected to be massive again this year. As with last year, there will be a minimal voluntary donation for over 14’s on the gate to help fund this Community Festival. The Sligo Summer Festival takes place again in Stephen St. Car Park, Sligo.
“We are honoured and delighted to add another International act to the line up for the second year running”, said Chairman of the festival, Daniel McGarrigle. “The addition last year of Sister Sledge brought many visitors from outside Sligo and this is a main objective for this year again. We hope the festival attracts people from near and far to our lovely town and county”.
Check out Sligo Summer Festival on Facebook for full details!
Last night I went along to the Knocknarea Arena at the IT Sligo for the final night of Shane Filan’s You and Me tour. The night was in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust.
Donal Parsons is a little boy who lives in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. In October 2013 Donal was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare Children’s cancer. Donal is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.
I was there to take photos of the night including the ‘Meet and Greets’. I was the only photographer allowed in to take the meet and greet pics…so no pressure there! It was fine though, everyone was very nice including Shane. I’ve met him a couple of times before but not in an official capacity.
It was great to see all the volunteers and everyone really joined together to make the night the huge success it was. The highlight of the night for me was a little girl in a wheelchair who was so overjoyed to see Shane that she phoned her friend to tell her she’d met him. She was in hysterics laughing, bless her!
Hugh O’Neill was the first support act. He was really good and got the crowd singing along with him.
Glenn Cal was up next and after a couple of songs he was joined by Padraig O’Reilly and Dean Mahon. They were brilliant and got the crowd singing along.
After a short break Shane and his band took to the stage. I’d been listening to the band before the concert started and they were singing Christmas songs and it sounded like they were having a great time.
We were only allowed to take photos during the first three songs and I see that later in the show one fan got to go on stage which would have been good to photograph.
A big round of applause to all involved for a wonderful night. I hope it raised loads of money for the charity. You can see the rest of the photos on the Donal Parsons Trust page.
I had a very short visit to the UK over the weekend to see Magnum playing at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton. For those of you who don’t know I’m called Magnumlady after a rock band…and I’m still a groupie after 30 odd years of being a fan! The photo above was taken somewhere over Birmingham as I flew from Ireland West airport in Knock to Birmingham. I know people complain about the €10 fee to leave the airport but I rather drive 35 minutes down the road than have to go on a 3 hour train trip to Dublin.
After arriving at Birmingham airport I got the monorail (which I love) to the railway station and there was a train just about to leave for Wolverhampton so I was there in about 40 minutes. I had to head to the Wulfrun Hall first to pick up my ticket because they wouldn’t post it out to me as I don’t live in the UK…so that was a bit of a pain, anyway I found the place and got the ticket. As I was walking away I turned around a corner and there was Bob, Mark and Harry from Magnum. I was so excited I started babbling and fan girling! I do embarrass myself sometimes. After yapping for a bit I went on my way to find the hotel but I got lost and ended up walking for over an hour in circles. I went back to the hall so I listened to a bit of the Magnum sound check and tried to get directions from the security guard.
The security guard, bless him, spent quite a lot of time telling me where I should have stayed! In the end he did tell me where my hotel was and after a bit of walking I found the place. I stayed in the Novotel Hotel which was handy for the train station but a bit of a trek from the concert venue. I quickly left my bag and went back to the hall to meet the ‘Magnum family’. I met these guys through the internet years ago and some I’d met in real life at another gig, others I’d never met. They are a fantastic bunch of people 🙂
When we went into the venue our bags were checked by security. They spotted my camera and said I couldn’t use it during the gig. I’ve got a terrible memory so forgot that they told me that….well that’s my excuse anyway! I didn’t take too many pics as I wanted to enjoy myself but I did take some. Luckily I’m a shortarse and no one saw me taking them. The pic above is of the support band NeonFly who are the best new rock band I’ve heard in a long time.
After a brilliant set by NeonFly it was time for Magnum to take to the stage. What a brilliant gig, I almost lost my voice from singing, most of the people were really enjoying themselves apart from the occasional ‘dry shites’ who stand at the front and do nothing! I always wonder why those type of people bother going. The only downsides were the heat in the place, I reckon I lost about half a stone it was that hot and someone near us had a dreadful wind problem!! Apart from that it was all brilliant. One of the funniest things was Magnum have a new song called Too Many Clowns and Clare, who I was with, had got us all red noses to wear during the song, the look on the bands face when they saw us was priceless!
Another highlight was having Rodney Matthews, a wonderful artist and a real gentleman, hanging around with us. Rodney has done the artwork for many of the Magnum albums. I also got to meet some of Magnum and all of NeonFly. We didn’t leave the venue until midnight…I was starving because I hadn’t eaten since I left Ireland so we all went off looking for a kebab shop. It was all going well until one of the lads walked into a lamp-post! He was fine but it was funny (I have a warped sense of humour). Rodney also ended up with a road cone on his head! After all that we went back to the hotel and sat in Rodney’s room drinking, I only had a small Bailey’s because I had an early start to get the plane back to Ireland and because I don’t really drink. It was great chatting to the others though, they are such a nice bunch of people.
All in all it was a fantastic weekend, I had a ball….it’s great being a groupie 😉 The rest of my pics are here.
Last night was the launch of the 2014 Rock’n the Green Festival. I was taking photos at last years festival, it was a brilliant event, you can read about it here.
This years festival proves to be even bigger and better. Above is the poster and there have been even more acts announced. To keep up with all the news check out their Facebook page.