Monday 16 January 2017

'Paddy whackery' gig was a real turn-off

Published 21/05/2011 | 10:33

I have watched a lot of the coverage of Queen Elizabeth's visit to our country. I have enjoyed the coverage of her visits to the Garden of Remembrance, Islandbridge, Croke Park and Dublin Castle. I was heartened by her speech and that of our own President Mary McAleese. We are indeed 'family' and it's about time we all realised it.

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All of this good feeling has evaporated. I have just watched about three minutes of the concert given for the queen's visit. If I saw this on a London stage, I would condemn it immediately as paddywhackery and stage 'Oirishness'.

The Chieftains playing a decent bit of Irish music was destroyed by a soloist singing in a language I could not identify, with an accent I was unable to place.

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