'Revival' not fazed by torrential rain as town rocks to great music

One of Ireland’s best known acts, Sharon Shannon, pictured performing in Listowel on Friday night as part of the annual ‘Revival’festival which drew hundreds to the town over the weekend
One of Ireland’s best known acts, Sharon Shannon, pictured performing in Listowel on Friday night as part of the annual ‘Revival’festival which drew hundreds to the town over the weekend
Joan Buckley, Caitriona McCarthy and Mary McCarthy enjoying the sights and sounds of the Revival music festival in Listowel

Fergus Dennehy

Torrential levels of rain were not going to be enough to stop the people of Listowel from getting out and enjoying what has fast become a 'must attend' event on the social and musical calendar.

While revellers on the first night of the two-day 'Revival' festival were left relatively dry as they were treated to some brilliant performances from Mundy, Sharon Shannon and of course, the legendary Finbar Furey.

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Those who attended on the Saturday night however - this writer included - were less fortunate, as a deluge of rain poured down on concert goers all night long.

In true hardy Kerry fashion however, those in attendance did not let the rain affect their spirits - much to the delight of local shops who made a killing selling rain ponchos - as they danced, cheered and sang their way through the worst of the weather.

They were ably helped along by TodayFM DJ Fergal D'Arcy, the MC for the night, and who in the midst of the worst of the rain, led the crowd in a heart warming rendition of 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'. 

Saturday night's line up was one that appealed to all ages with music from acts such as 'Thanks, Brother' and the 'Delorentos' who played early in the evening.

After a quick and slightly surreal stoppage of the concert to allow a quick mass to take place in St Mary's Church - just across the street from the concert arena in the centre of the Square - the concert resumed with the dulcet tones of Limerick band Hermitage Green before they made way for the main headline act in the form of 'The Coronas'.

Whether the Dublin band had made some deal with Mother Nature beforehand or not, they got their timing spot on, taking to the stage just at the moment that the downpour of rain stopped. 

It allowing those who had waited hours to see their musical heroes perform the chance to fully embrace the experience.

Kerryman

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