HUNDREDS of music lovers from all over Ireland gathered at St John's Theatre in Listowel on Saturday night for a heartfelt musical commemoration of the life and talent of one of the town's most respected musicians, the late Dr Louis O'carroll.
Family, friends, former co-workers and friends from the music world gathered in his beloved Listowel - ironically on the night that the late balladeer had planned to perform a concert there, before his untimely death in a car accident last month.
St John's curator, Joe Murphy, explained that Dr O'carroll had come to him last March to book two concerts which he planned to record, so it was decided to keep the Saturday night dates and organise a night in his honour.
Among those performing at Saturday night's tribute concert - MC'D by publican Billy Keane - was Francie Conway and his band, who collaborated with Dr O'carroll on his first CD 'River to Words' which was released in March 2011.
Also taking to the stage on Saturday night was Tralee band 'Oracle', while renowned Listowel singer and friend of Dr O'carroll, Mick Mcconnell, also entertained the capacity crowd with his unique style.
"The concert featured a host of professional musicians from different parts of the country, all of whom were acquainted with Louis and Francie Conway over the years," St John's curator Joe Murphy told The Kerryman.
"It was a fantastic night and a truly spectacular show that was produced by Louis' former colleague Shay Dempsey from Dublin. We had queues out the door."
The night concluded with a superb visual tribute to Dr O'carroll, featuring images of the late Listowel man and a video of him singing the John B classic, Sweet Listowel.
"It was a marvellous tribute and his CDS were sold out by the end of the night," Joe explained.
All proceeds from Saturday night's event will be donated to the Listowel Hospice.