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Showband Show in Kells

Story by John Donohoe

Monday, 7th January, 2013 11:30am

Showband Show in Kells

The Ronan Collins Showband Show, 'Reelin In The Showband Years' which was a complete sell out right around the country for the past three years, comes to Kells for the first time, when it lands in The Headfort Arms Hotel on Friday 11th January.

RTE's Ronan Collins is host and compere, and will also sing his 'Tribute to Joe Dolan', which was so popular last year, and much more. Dickie Rock is the headline act for 2013. The legend of showbusiness is celebrating 50 years in the entertainment business this year.

Mark Leen, known as 'The Emerald Elvis' will be singing the hits of the man who had the most influence on all the early showbands, Elvis Presley. Mark was recently voted Europe's number one Elvis impersonator.

The big sound of The Conquerors Showband, and the big voice of DJ Curtin, the Las Vegas- based former lead singer with The Kerry Blues Showband and The Big Eight, will also be on stage, as well as Lorraine McDonald, one of the brightest talents to emerge from the latter days of the Showband Boom, a multi-talented musician and vocalist.

Also performing are Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg, who sang for Ireland in 1975 and 1977 had 20 hit records throughout their career, including 'Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl', 'If Ma Could See Me Now', 'It's Nice To Be In Love Again', 'That's What Friends Are For', and were the very first showband singers to write and record all of their own material.

The show's exciting finale is an all-cast salute to the showband era, when all of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique showband years.

Tickets are now on sale at the hotel on (046) 924 0063 and on line at Ticketmaster.