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Kevin relives the Johnny Cash legend

THE music of Johnny Cash will be brought to life at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk on Friday March 26th.

The show is fronted by Kevin Stanley and includes almost all of the Stanley family - his wife Jane, sons Daire and David all play in the band accompanied on lead guitar by Gavin Wynne and on Harmonica by the evergreen Michael English.

The group assembled in 2007 and performed their show as a fund raiser for a Kenyan Education project in Nairobi.

There followed a series of successful performances in Jackies, the Lisdoo, and Hotel Curracloe in Wexford, all in aid of charities such as Multiple Sclerosis and the National Council for the Blind.

In October 2008 the group were invited to Cologne in Germany where they performed to a captive audience at the 'Bessenkammer' folk theatre.

The show is much in demand and the group will take to the stage once again this March to raise funds for the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.

Kevin has been a fan of Johnny Cash since his childhood and enjoys recreating his idols music live on stage. The set includes almost all of the classic Cash hits and is truly a tribute to 'The man in black'. The group have been supported in their presentations by many local talents including Anne Marie Conlon, Lynsey O'Neill, Shalom Coburn, Paula O' Neill, Bernie Balfe, Maureen (Stanley) O'Reilly, Andrew McKeown, Conor Boyle, Bobby McCarthy, Mark Matthews, the Taggart sisters Eva and Aishling and Kevin's youngest daughter Katie.

Always keen to encourage emerging local talent the group have enlisted the services of Aoife McCann this time round and Kevin promises a few more surprises on the night. A particular mention is due to the bands artistic designer Sean McMahon who has produced the ticket and poster design for each show.

Tickets for this show are available through Baldwin Jewellers, Dundalk and Lynch's Londis, Blackrock. The support acts will take to the stage at 9.30pm sharp and if past presentations are anything to go by the evening promises to be a complete sell out. Doors are open at 8pm and patrons are advised to come early to get a premium seat.

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