A Dubliner At 80

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Staying in St Patrick’s night?

National treasure John Sheahan‘s 80th Birthday Concert on TG4.

Deirdre Ní Choistín writes:

To mark his 80th birthday, John performed a very special concert in Vicar Street accompanied by a host of Ireland’s finest singers, songwriters and musicians.

John brought the audience, including guest of honour President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, on a magical musical journey filled with songs, music, stories and craic.

Special guest musicians included Oscar winning singer song writer, Glen Hansard, Ralph McTell, and Dublin singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke, who performed his hit single “Galileo”. Imelda May even made a surprise appearance on stage presenting John with a special birthday cake

Throughout the night John was accompanied by world class musicians including saxophonist Richie Buckley, jazz guitarist Drazen Derek, classical guitarist Michael Howard, violinists Colm Mac Con Iomaire, accordionist Danny O’Mahony and conductor and concert pianist Gavin Murphy. Members of John’s own family also took to the stage for some of John’s own compositions including the Marino Waltz (above).

On TG4, St. Patrick’s Day at 9:30pm.

Pics: TG4

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