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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Singer Sean shines on the Barbican Centre stage

The Barbican Centre was buzzing as local singer Seán Tester brought his new concert "She's The One" to the stage. The concert was a huge success for Seán, his band and Special Guest Claire Regan.

The audience on the night were treated to some beautiful renditions of songs such as Unchained Melody, When I Need You, Forever Autumn, Live & Let Die and a beautiful alternative take on A-ha's 1980's hit "Take On Me".

Love was clearly in the air as Seán performed Robbie Williams' song "She's The One", the title track of the concert, as a special dedication to his girlfriend Loretta Delaney who he has said has done so much work behind the scenes to help him prepare for the concert.

Claire Regan was in spectacular voice as she began her set with a wonderful performance of Randy Crawford's "Rainy Night In Georgia", followed by a stunning duet of "Downtown Train" with Seán. Her performances throughout the evening went from strength as Claire took on The Bangles "Manic Monday" and Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" amongst many other songs.

Seán performed with his five-piece live band on the night which proved ever-popular with his audience.

Seán's band featured Gerry Culloty on drums, Paul Moore on bass, Robert Finnegan on saxophone, Jimmy Smyth on guitar, and lead by Musical Director for the evening Edward Holly on piano and keys who proved his musical might in keeping the band bang on the beat and sounding the best ever!

The audience were in fine vocal form too, as was proved when they sang along with Seán after opening the second half with Yazoo's "Only You".

From looking at previous concerts that Seán has produced, it can be said that he likes to share something personal with his audience from his life and upbringing. Seán certainly didn't disappoint at this concert either.

A highlight for many was when Seán performed the Nathan Carter song "Liverpool" as a dedication his grandaunt Margaret and granduncle Neville Croutear. The audience learned how Seán, in his youth, would spend his summer holidays with Margaret and Neville in their home in Formby, a village on the outskirts of Liverpool.

Margaret who travelled from Liverpool to see Seán perform appeared to be beaming with pride at her grandnephew, while Neville was unfortunately unable to make the journey due to health reasons. Seán dedicated the very special performance to Margaret and Neville in thanks for all they have done for him during his life.

Following the emotional performance, Seán presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers to Margaret.

A raffle on the night proved popular with funds being raised for the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. The IUSRU are grateful to all concert attendees for their generous support as they accepted the wonderful donation of €806.00 as the proceeds from the raffle.

Speaking exclusively to the Drogheda Independent, Seán gave his thanks to everyone who supported him in attending the concert. He gave special thanks to the small army of people who helped him organise the concert, the Drogheda Credit Union in sponsoring the new musical arrangements and Declan Power and fellow staff of the Barbican Centre.

Following on the success of his concert, Seán was also delighted to reveal that he will be starting to record his solo debut album over the summer this year, which he said wouldn't be possible without the support of everyone who came to the concert.

Seán has asked that everyone keep an eye out later this year as he hints that there may another spectacular concert in the works!

Drogheda Independent

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