tom mcbride

Ireland has lost a true legend from the showband era 60's

The renowned Irish country music singer, Big Tom McBride, has died at the age of 81.

Mr McBride's career spanned more than five decades on the Irish country music scene.

In a statement, his family said Mr McBride had "passed away peacefully".

They said he would "be sadly missed by all who knew him". The County Monaghan man was inducted into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame in June 2016.

 

Read more from the BBC - >>> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43793492

and the nearest from Sydney is Thirroul Friday 13th lucky for the many people who get to listen.

Enjoy a bit of class and catch up with them, go on catch them while you can the’re feeling grand.

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The Coast of Labrador   CD Presentation    Sean Keane Brendan Graham Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers Denis CareyA newly composed Irish song, The Coast of Labrador, to mark this year’s CANADA 150, commemorating the 150th year of the Confederation of Canada, was launched by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers along with Mayor of Waterford District, John Hearne, on Wednesday, 14th June 2017 in Waterford City Hall.   The Coast of Labrador is the work of internationally renowned songwriter, Brendan Graham, and Tipperary composer, Denis Carey. The song was given its premiere performance by Irish singer, Seán Keane at an event organised by Waterford Civic Trust, in association with Waterford City and County Council.

The Coast of Labrador is set during the nineteenth-century, a period of extensive emigration to Labrador, Newfoundland and the eastern shores of Canada from the South East of Ireland. It tells the story of a young Waterford fisherman who emigrates to Labrador and finds a new life there with a local Inuit girl.  He brings with him his sliotar and hurling stick and teaches his son to play ‘Hurling on Ice’, the forerunner to ‘Hockey on Ice’.

The song is a reminder of the long historical links between Ireland’s South Eastern shore and Canada’s Eastern shore based on commercial activities which were well established by the end of the Eighteenth Century. Between February and March of each year, ships from the ports of south-west England heading for the rich cod fisheries of Newfoundland arrived at Waterford to take on supplies and passengers. Many people from the South East went to Newfoundland (Talamh an Éisc) in search of employment. Such was their impact that in 1842 Newfoundland was called ‘Transatlantic Ireland’, with one observer stating that ‘Newfoundland is merely Waterford parted from the sea’

Songwriter Graham describes The Coast of Labrador, as ‘a further acknowledgement of the great contribution of the peoples of the Déise area to the growth of their adopted country of Canada and the strong historical and cultural connections between the South East of Ireland, and Newfoundland and Labrador’.

The Coast of Labrador performed by Seán Keane will be released and available on iTunes on July 10th, 2017.

Click on the mp3 player below to listen to The Coast of Labrador.

Gilbert O'Sullivan2One of the biggest Irish Songwriters & Recording artists to reach international chart success in the 70s and 80s has announced he will be in Australia in 2018 for a national tour as he celebrates 50 years in music.

Gilbert O'Sullivan is best known worldwide for his hit singles Alone Again, Naturally, Clair and Get Down. All released in the early 70s and still heard on radio to this day.

Quote from Gilbert O'Sullivan,

"I am so looking forward to the coming concerts in Australia. I visited once befor some years back for 3 shows but not with a full band. So while it's been a long time in the making, I hope for all those that are fans of my music we live up to your expectations, and between us all, we have a great tour. Here's to March 2018."

 

The tour dates:

Saturday 10th March - Gold Coast.
The Star.

Sunday 11th March - Caloundra.
The Events Centre.

Tuesday 13th March - Brisbane.
QPAC

Wednesday 14th March - Hobart.
Wrestpoint

Friday 16th March - Newcastle.
Civic Centre.

Saturday 17th March - Sydney.
StateTheatre

Thursday 20th March - Adelaide
Festival Centre.

Friday 23rd March - Mandurah.
Performing Arts Centre.

Saturday 24th March - Perth.
Crown Centre.

Monday 26th March - Canberra.
Canberra Theatre.

Tuesday 27th March - Melbourne.
The Arts Centre Hamer Hall

Listen to the interwiew with Barry Mack - Click here.