Fairground Attraction singer set to play at Raheen House Hotel

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Fairground Attraction singer set to play at Raheen House Hotel

Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader and John Douglas play the Raheen House Hotel on September 12

Clonmel World Music is delighted to be bringing a very special musical collaboration to South Tipperary on Wednesday 12th September in Raheen House Hotel.

This is a great six piece band consisting of “The Alan Kelly Gang” from Ireland who are joined by Eddi Reader and John Douglas from Scotland.

It is the eighth annual Irish tour of this special group. They played a sold out show in Clonmel two years ago, where there was unprecedented demand for tickets

The Alan Kelly Gang, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary trad acts, team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed songstress, Eddi Reader, of Fairground Attraction fame and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas.
The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form.

Brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and buoyant harmonies this is a wonderful union of Scottish and Irish traditional and folk music from true masters. Originally put together as a once off collaboration, the idea has since developed into a global headlining act; their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound. Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers, with an MBE, a number one single and seven acclaimed solo albums behind her.

What sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. She is indeed a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Eddi is joined by husband, John Douglas, a highly gifted songwriter and guitarist and member of the Scottish band, The Trashcan Sinatras.

He has penned powerful and timeless classics including Wild Mountainside, which is included on Eddi’s classic 2003 album, The Songs of Roberts Burns.

Alan Kelly has long been declared Ireland’s most innovative piano accordion maestro and not only described by New York’s Irish Voice as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’ but also credited with ‘making the piano accordion hip in Ireland again.' He is joined by acclaimed New York singer, soprano Saxophonist and flautist, Steph Geremia, the masterful and innovative guitarist, Ian Carr, with Kevin McGuire on upright bass. The gang delivers a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire.

Special Guest on the Night will be the great young Uileann Piper from Ballymacarbry, Cian Smith. He recently won the All-Ireland piping competition at this years Fleadh Cheoil

Tickets available from www.clonmelworldmusic.com ; in South Tipperary Arts Centre Clonmel, or from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619.

Doors open at 8pm, Cian Smith will take to the stage at 8.45, and Alan Kelly Gang & Eddi Reader will be onstage at 9.15.