Monday 25 September 2017

Boyzone's Shane makes it a family affair for fairytale charity performance

Shane will join reformed girl group B*Witched at tonight's Cheerios Childline concert for a special rendition of iconic Christmas song, Fairytale of New York.
Shane will join reformed girl group B*Witched at tonight's Cheerios Childline concert for a special rendition of iconic Christmas song, Fairytale of New York.

Eimear Rabbitte

Boyzone star Shane Lynch is to share the stage with his sisters for a fairytale performance.

Shane will join reformed girl group B*Witched at tonight's Cheerios Childline concert for a special rendition of iconic Christmas song, Fairytale of New York.

It will be the first time for Shane and the girls to perform the song made famous by Pogues frontman Shane McGowan.

Lynch will be joined on stage by his twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch and B*Witched band members Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou. "It is a one-off performance, but it was felt that it would be a nice touch considering it is so close to Christmas," a show insider told the Herald.

"Shane is really looking forward to singing live with his sisters -- it has been a while since they have been able to do that."

Boyzone and B*Witched are among the headline acts for tonight's Cheerios Childline concert, with chart-toppers The Wanted and Little Mix also attracting fans.

It will be the first time for Shane, Edele and Keavy (right and second from right) to perform the song made famous by Pogues frontman Shane McGowan.
It will be the first time for Shane, Edele and Keavy (right and second from right) to perform the song made famous by Pogues frontman Shane McGowan.

Also included in the star-studded line up for this year's fundraising extravaganza are Shane Filan, Conor Maynard and X Factor boyband Union J.

Boyzone will open the show in a "special celebration" to mark Childline's 25th birthday.

The band played at the first-ever Childline Concert 16 years ago and are looking forward to tonight's event.

While some of the bigger acts are accustomed to fancy riders on their tours, this year's backstage fare was all made available by donation.

The concert will be hosted by new dad Nicky Byrne, who performed at the second Childline gig as part of unknown band Westside.

The group later changed their name to Westlife and Nicky has only missed two shows since then.

Childline hopes to receive more than €400,000 from this year's concert.

To date, the charity has raised approximately €4.6m from the previous concerts, which have been held annually since 1997.

Over the years acts such as Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, Enrique Iglesias, All Saints, Blue, The Saturdays and Olly Murs have taken part.

Limited tickets, starting from €39.50, are still available for tonight's show.

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