Red excited about Killarney return

Music Legend Red Hurley set to take to the stage with other legends of the industry, Linda Martin, Paddy Cole, Frank and Desi and the Conquerors Showband as part of great weekend of music

Music legend Red Hurley will perform in The Gleneagle Hotel alongside music legends from October 18 to October 20
Music legend Red Hurley will perform in The Gleneagle Hotel alongside music legends from October 18 to October 20

Fergus Dennehy

Music legend Red Hurley has said that he cannot wait to make his return to the stage at The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney later this month, joking that they'll have a job on their hands getting him off the stage at the end of his set.

For fans of the old showband era of music, Brian 'Red' Hurley is name that really needs no introduction; the Dublin native - who although is prominently a solo artist - rose to national prominence through his collaborations with group, 'The Nevada' with whom he enjoyed his first series of number one records in the 1970's.

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Now, as he approaches almost 50 years in show business, Red, who has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity since the turn of the century, will be joined by fellow musical legends including Linda Martin, Paddy Cole and The Conquerors Show Band for a 'Music Extravaganza' weekend from October 18 to October 20.

"I absolutely can't wait to come down and a have a bit of the craic down there. I've always loved working in Killarney, it's a very special place," said Red, speaking to The Kerryman on Thursday afternoon.

"I'll be there for the two nights. You won't be able to keep me off the stage. Sure what else would I be doing? Isn't it just fantastic to be still here and still able to do. I love it. If you'd have asked me 40 years ago whether I'd still be doing it at my age, I'd have laughed and said 'no way! Who in the name of god would still want to hear me after all those years!' I still feel very blessed and very lucky that I'm able to do this after all this time," he continued.

Looking back on his career in the spotlight, Red reflected on his fond memories of his time spent in Kerry and one moment in particular stands out for the 71-year-old is a moment when he arrived at the Brandon Hotel in Tralee soon after he had achieved one of his first number one single.

"When I had my first number one with the Nevada and when we drove into Tralee, there was a big banner wrapped right around the hotel from one side right around to the other and it said 'The Brandon Hotel welcomes Red Hurley, Number 1 in the charts' and I remember just not being able to believe what I was seeing. So, I've always enjoyed coming down to Kerry," he said.

With tickets still available to buy from the INEC website/box office - and on the door on both nights - what advice would Red give to those who might be sitting on the fence or humming and hawing about whether to come or not?

"Well, the first thing is, Paddy Cole is a legend. He's a fantastic musician and he's  also a fantastic guy and we always have a great laugh. His priority at every show he does is to make sure that everyone has a good time and sure look, I'm going to trying to be doing a bit of all that myself," he laughed.

"Linda of course is a great entertainer herself and the rest of the line up we have, it'll be a few days of some great craic I hope," he said.

"I'll be doing all my old hit records from the past, making sure that people get home happy," he continued.

For tickets for the weekend,  please call 064 6671550 or get your tickets on the door on the night.