Saturdays star pulls the strings as Paolo pops in for surprise pint
UNA Healy returned to her singer/songwriter roots last night when she strummed an acoustic guitar in a Dublin pub.
Now famous as the singer with chart-topping girlband The Saturdays, the Tipperary woman's first foray into the music business came singing her own material at songwriter nights in Dublin bars.
Last night Una got her revenge on customers who ignored her tunes before she was famous by packing out the Oliver St John Gogarty pub in Temple Bar.
"Doing this really takes me back. I really enjoyed those years, but I knew I wanted to do something else with my life," Healy said before the show, part of the Guinness-sponsored Arthur's Day music event.
The 'something else' being supergroup The Saturdays, who have enjoyed a string of hit singles, and three top 10 albums in the UK since forming in 2007.
However, the partying aspect of the band is temporarily suspended for Healy, who announced last week she is expecting a child with England rugby star Ben Foden.
Meanwhile, Scottish superstar Paolo Nutini surprised locals in the 'Brazen Head' pub in Dublin when he dropped by with his seven-piece band.
"We didn't tell anybody as we were keeping it as a surprise for the regulars," owner John Hoyne said.
The All Ireland winning Dublin team were among the celebrity guests at the party in St James Gate Brewery last night.
In other parts of the country, veteran Seasick Steve brought the blues to the Old Oak pub in Cork while DJ Calvin Harris performed in Mickey Martins bar in Limerick.