Kinks star offers Ray of hope to daughter's school
KINKS legend Ray Davies last night came out of retirement for a one-off concert in aid of his daughter's school.
Davies sang many of his classics including 'Lola' and 'Waterloo Sunset' at the gig in Kinsale, Co Cork, to help the local school's fundraising efforts to build a new remedial resource room.
Davies, who has been described as the Poet Laureate of popular music, is an unassuming type. But when Alice Kingston, principal of Ballinadee National School, asked him for help earlier this year he quickly agreed to do a gig to raise badly needed funds.
Ballinadee NS, which is between Kinsale and Bandon, is a five-teacher school with just over 100 pupils.
Ms Kingston said parents have raised thousands of euro in recent years for improvements to the school but with just 77 families it is difficult to keep coming up with fundraising ideas.
"We badly needed a resource room. We have been working from a converted cupboard with two teachers using it as a resource room.
"Ray Davies said when Eva enrolled that he would help us in any way he could," Ms Kingston said.
"Eva is 12 and in sixth class now and I never wanted to ask but I did call him a few months ago. He agreed to it with no fuss and bother. He didn't do it for publicity. He is very low key. We think we will raise about €18,000 from the gig."
Kinks fans travelled from as far away as Glasgow for the intimate 400 capacity gig at the White Lady Hotel in Kinsale last night.
Ms Kingston said she was gobsmacked by the reaction to the gig, with fans calling the school and the White Lady in their droves looking for tickets, with some querying whether it was the real deal or a tribute act.
Ms Kingston said she wanted to buy Davies a small gift and consulted his daughter Eva for advice on what to purchase.
"Eva is very unassuming like her dad and she said he liked Galaxy bars. But we made a little film last year and Eva starred in it so we are going to give him that.
"Eva is thrilled that her dad is doing a concert for us. She is talented herself and quite musical. We include his music in our curriculum."