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Friday 19 September 2014

Cash tribute – almost worth doing time for

Published 10/09/2013 | 05:24

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There must be a lot of cowboys in Carlow. Or at least that is the impression Johnny Cash (Paul McCann) might have left with as he exited the George Bernard Shaw Theatre stage last Saturday night.

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There must be a lot of cowboys in Carlow. Or at least that is the impression Johnny Cash (Paul McCann) might have left with as he exited the George Bernard Shaw Theatre stage last Saturday night.

During the second half of this high-octane tribute to the Man in Black, McCann told his audience that the classic 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' had whipped the prisoners into a frenzy during the band's recent tour of Ireland's jailhouses.

Judging by the whoops and hollers that were released by unrestrained audience members at tonight's show, it is more than prisoners that get their kicks from Cash's back catalogue. The guy in row two 'fake lassoing' the performers looked especially glad to be there.

This two-hour cherry-pick of Cash's finest material is the brainchild of Cavan man, McCann.

For every Johnny Cash mannerism executed by McCann, Louise O'Reilly was an upbeat sparring partner as a highly credible June Carter. In fact, the three dress-flicking ladies who comprise the Carter family brought needed colour, enthusiasm and delectability to the stage.

A packed theatre hosted audience members ranging from their 20s through to seasoned citizens whose ages I wouldn't like to guess, and by the end of the night McCann and company had the majority of them on their feet and swaying rapturously to the beats.

A great night out at the theatre.

Carlow People

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