Wednesday 25 November 2015

Omar bringing soul to Pavilion

Published 13/03/2014 | 05:26

Omar will be playing in the Pavilion on Saturday, March 29.
Omar will be playing in the Pavilion on Saturday, March 29.

THE Pavilion in Cork is set to host a gig by Omar, the man dubbed 'The Father of British Neo-Soul', on Saturday, March 29.

Arguably the finest UK soul singer of his generation, Omar Christopher Lye-Fook learned his craft classically, leaning to play the trumpet, piano and percussion instruments.

Educated at the Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music in London, Omar released two singles in the 1980s prior to the release of his 1990 debut album 'There's Nothing Like This.' During a career spanning more than two decades, he has released four more albums and collaborated with some of the world's biggest soul names including Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Common, Angie Stone and Estelle.

Last year Omar signed with Freestyle Records and released a new album 'The Man', part of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the label.

Tickets for Omar at the Pavilion, priced at €20, are available at


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