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Fans pull up a chair to hear Crosby nephew sing classic hitHoward Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby, sings at Flanagan's Furniture store, Mount Merrion, Dublin, yesterday. Eleanor Keegan

IT'S not often you stumble across an impromptu free concert of this calibre. Especially not in a furniture store.

Yet, one or two of the shoppers may have raised an eyebrow as a rendition of 'White Christmas' was heard echoing around Flanagan's Furniture store in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin.

"It's a curse. No matter what the time of the year I've got to do this one," apologised Howard Crosby, a nephew of the famous performer Bing Crosby (above), as he prepared to launch into his uncle's most famous festive song.

"It was the biggest selling recording of all time and everybody wants to see if I sound like Bing when I sing 'White Christmas'. Of course I don't but they want to hear it anyway.

"I've sung that song probably 10,000 times... in a lower key," he quipped to pianist Terry Browne.

Mr Browne plans to organise a fundraising concert later this year where Howard will perform for the Derry-based charity 'Children in Crossfire', and yesterday's gig was to promote that event, with a date yet to be set.

Irish Independent