Monday 19 November 2018

Liz and friends hope to raise some notes for Simon

As many workplace doors close and people take their final trip home from work for their Christmas break this Friday, many will be wondering where to go to celebrate the first night of the festivities.

Look no further than the Strand Bar in Rush where you are sure to find the liveliest craic in Fingal with some of the finest musical talent on offer.

Singer/songwriter Liz Seaver has gathered a host of Rush musical talent to come together for Liz Seaver and Friends, Songs for Simon to raise some much-needed funds for the Dublin Simon Community.

Liz will headline the night and other musical talent on display will include Aisling Kiely, Long Tail, Peter Weldon, Fintan McAllister for trad group 'The Drop Outs', Stitch Jones, Shay Dempsey, Rob and Anna plus many more.

Local sensation Liz has had a glittering musical career to date with two independent albums including the critically acclaimed Turbulent Bliss. She also appeared on RTE show the The Hit in 2013 where she penned the song Somebody like Me, which was recorded by Samantha Mumba and went to number five in the Irish charts. She has toured with the legendary Jack Lukeman and also played support to Mundy, Paddy Casey and Damien Dempsey to name but a few.

She is currently in the studio with her band putting the finishing touches on her new EP, due for release in early 2018.

Admission to the event is free and there will be a monster raffle on the night with prizes donated generously by businesses around Rush town to encourage people to give generously to fund much needed support for people and families to move out of homelessness for good.

There is sure to be great fun and laughter on the night with proceedings led by local MC Sean Murphy .

Event organiser Cormac McDonagh said: 'We are all too familiar with the homelessness crisis that the country is now constantly faced with and we hope our event will make a difference to homeless people and families this Christmas.

'Many of us were inspired by the actions of Glen Hansard and Co at Apollo House last Christmas and it can show the power of music to bring people together not only to raise awareness of the plight but also spread the Christmas cheer. The generosity and response from local businesses in Rush for our raffle prizes has been overwhelming, as I knew it would. I know the good people of Rush will continue to give their support and generosity on what will be a fun-filled and memorable night which will be the perfect way to kick off everyone's Christmas celebrations. We have great night of musical talent and in store and prizes galore!'

Dublin Simon aims to providing permanent housing to people and families.

. They have dedicated teams of staff and volunteers across Dublin. Kildare, Wicklow and Meath providing outreach, primary care, prevention and independent living services. The generosity of a donation means the outreach teams can give lifesaving assistance to people sleeping rough. It will also provide counselling, treatment education and employability services for people to overcome the detrimental impact of living without a home.

Fingal Independent