September 16, 2008

Legendary Miami Back on the Road

By Kerry McKittrick

Tonight at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh is a country music spectacular featuring some of the vocalists and musicians who successfully toured with 'Country Legends'. The show will feature superb tributes to great icons like Johnny Cash, George Jones and will introduce new tributes to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and on the female side will cover Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Bill Joe Spears and Patsy Cline. Four vocalists and a live band that will re- create the Nashville sound. One thing is for sure - if you like Country Music you will not want to miss this show that features Rod and Tracey McAuley, Brendan McGarrity, Pandy Walshe, Liam McLaughlin and Bonnie Stewart. Doors open at 8pm, and all seats are Pounds 12.50, to book contact 028 3752 1821. Tomorrow night at the Millennium Forum in Derry the gold and platinum selling artist Al Martino will be wowing the crowd with his musical stylings. From the man who played Johnny Fontane in the iconic film The Godfather, he will bring you songs such as the smash hit Volare, Spanish Eyes and Can't Help Falling In Love. To book call 028 7126 4455.

No other band has the history of The Miami Showband. During the 60s and 70s, hundreds of thousands of adoring fans packed the dance halls and concert venues throughout Ireland. The band, more than any other, embodied the music and style of the era, and fans can experience them for themselves tomorrow night at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. The band became music legends on that fateful day in 1975, The Day The Music Died. The tragedy didn't stop them however and in 2005 a reunion concert to a capacity audience in Vicar Street, Dublin created a clamour for more and three years later the original Miami members Steve Travers, Des Lee, Ray Millar and Paul Ashford joined by Gerry Brown and Johnny Fean are back. The legend lives on. Concert profits in aid of Children in Crossfire The band will play one night only, tickets are between Pounds 10 - Pounds 17, and can be reserved at the Opera House Box office on 028 9024 1919.

(c) 2008 Belfast Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.