A charity country music dance night takes place in the Arklow Bay Hotel in aid of Demienta and Alzheimer’s services at the Lily of the valley day care centre Nolan House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. The concert takes place on the 26th of July at 9 p.m
Admission on the night is €10 and will feature a performance from Joe Davitt’s Country Band which hails from Fern’s in Co Wexford. The band consist of six members all ranging in different ages.
Joe Davitt is the lead singer with the band and discovered his love of music at a very young age Joe also plays a range of different instruments including guitar and trumpet to name a few of the instruments that Joe plays. Joe brother Tommy plays in the band as well he plays the drums, and he also started out playing in the band at a very young age.
Joe and Tommy Davitt’s nephew Derek plays with the band having started performing at a mere 12 years of age. The first instrument he played was the clarinet and he also plays the tenor and alto sax and the tin whistles in the band. Christopher Kerrigan who hail from Strabane Northern Ireland has joined the band on keyboard and backing vocals other new addition to the Joe Davitt country band is Philip who hails from Dublin and plays steel guitar and base guitar and sings in the band and of course not forgetting Paddy Lacey who play base Guitar in the Joe Davitt Country Band band.
Also performing on the night is Arklow local Brian Lawlor. Brian Spent ten years in Tennessee and Texas in America while growing up and is heavily influenced by the American country music scene also featuring on the night is Annette Doyle from Ballindagin Enniscorthy Co Wexford Annette is involved in a singing group called the Ferryfolk Group. Annette appeared on the Glor Tier Competition on TG4. Annette loves different kind of Irish and American Country, and Blue Grass music Annette has being Influences by many Artistes including Alison Krauss and Wynnona Judd and Nanci Griffth and Mary Chapin Carpenter to name a few also. Annette’s irish influnces would have to be the Morrissey family from Tipperary. The instruments that Annette plays in the band are Guitar and 5 string banjo.
Declan Quinn from LCM promo’s in Nass Co Kildare will promote the event.
Sandra O Shaughnessy from Rathdrum Co Wicklow is organising the event the reason why she organised this event with the help of Declan Quinn from LCM promoter’s was because her mother Marie passed away with this dreadful disease a number of weeks ago I have witnessed my mam going through with this disease for the last 10 and 1/2 years as I explained I decided that I wanted to do something to help Nolan House out in Rathdrum.
She went up to Nolan House and spook to Aileen Doran who is the head boss over the Nolan House and told her what fundraiser was considering.
She asked Aileen what would the money be spent on and she explained to Sandra that the would like to extend the Garden at the back of the house and make it a senor garden and make it safe and secure that the client could go out in to the garden on a nice sunny and warm day so that what the money will be spent on.
The Joe Davitt country band are currently touring up and down the country. Their brand new single “Good old country songs” from their forthcoming album is out now and can be got at a lot of there gigs up and down the country and in England and Scotland. Their new album will be out in the coming months and the band will be performing throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom and Scotland Following their success of their debut album The Joe Davitt Country Band has gone on to win numerous music awards some of which are most prestigious available in the popular country music scene in Ireland