Wednesday 23 January 2019

Rolling back the years with the Cork legends of the showband era

John Tarrant

It's nostalgia time as the dancehall stars of yesteryear return for two dates to the Cork Opera House on Saturday/Sunday, September 29/30.

That follows on from sell-out shows at the opera house last year, the INEC and The Park Hotel ballroom in Killarney and Charleville. Joining a number of Cork legends on a hectic schedule are special guests Paddy Cole, formerly of the Capitol and Big 8 showbands, along with Limerick singing legend Dennis Allen with many of his hit songs, including teh showstopper 'Limerick You're a Lady'.

Another attraction will be the legend of '21 Years' a huge hit for Dermot Hegarty of the Plainsmen, paying his first visit for many years to Cork and the Opera House. Great memories are sure to be revived from days where friendships were forged and romances blossomed as Ireland rocked, hucklebucked and jived through the 60's. 

Promoter Seán O'Sullivan said Cork has produced many showband legends over the years, such the never to be forgotten late Brendan O'Brien, Glenn Curtin, Steve Lynch and the late Pat Lynch of the Airchords.

"The legendary Dixie Joe Mac is still going strong and eagerly looking forward to performing at Cork Opera House. That effervescent Gortoe man, the legend that is Art Supple of the Victors, who transcended every dance hall in the heady days of the Showband era, from The Lilac in Enniskeane to The Majestic in Mallow, The Majorca in Crosshaven, Star in Millstreet, Redbarn, Arcadia and the Stardust in Cork City is also performing with his seven piece band," said Seán.

On the line-up too are Sandy Kelly, fresh from her recent Cork Opera House show, plus Tony Stevens, Terry McCarthy, formerly of The Dixies; Declan Ryan, formerly of The Regal; Johnny Carroll (The Man with the Golden Trumpet) along with Mary, Derval and Derek Burke of Crystal Swing.

"Let's make it a night to remember for all and have the audience hanging from the rafters. A special tribute will be paid to the songs of the late and legendary Airchords star Pat Lynch who died earlier in the year," said Seán.

The two shows start nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets, at €34.50 each, can be obtained from the Cork Opera House box office, 021- 4270022.