Remarkably, it’s now three years since Wexford’s Pierce Turner performed a gig in front of a full house in his hometown.
While there was one gig at The Wexford Arts Centre in that time, at the last minute the government guidance in relation to the pandemic changed, meaning it went ahead with 50% capacity and had to be finished by 8 p.m.
Thankfully though, we’re in a very different place now and Pierce is excited to take a full band in front of a full house at The Riverbank House Hotel on August 18.
“It’s almost hard to believe now that we will be allowed a full house,” he smiles. “I keep waiting for someone to stop us, and there have been a few mishaps.
"Firstly, the sign outside the Riverbank was blown down in gale force winds. Then someone crashed through the barriers and took the sign with them. It somehow stayed in one piece, but then there was another gale that blew it up into the caravan park! But we will not be deterred, it’s back in place now.”
Adding to the excitement of this gig is the calibre of musicians that will take to the stage alongside the Wexford man. They have quite a job too as they attempt to replicate the work of a band of heavy hitters employed by Pierce on his newest album ‘Terrible Good’.
Among them was guitarist Gerry Leonard, who played with David Bowie in his final years, who’s parts will be played on the night by Wexford’s own Cillian Byrne, who along with brother Lorcan (drums) makes up the core of the band. Mary Barnecutt from Hull will play cello while virtuoso bassist Bill Bergin from Dublin finishes out the line-up with Olchan Byrne on sound.
It looks set to be a great night and tickets are now on sale at brownpapertickets.com or at reception at The Riverbank House Hotel.