Local artists perform for annual charity concert

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THE sixth annual concert in aid of the NSPCC, Tunes 4 Change will be held at the Burnavon next week.

Hosted by Gino Lupari, the concert features some of the most outstanding Irish traditional musicians around in the form of three bands; Lunasa, The Unwanted, and The Torrent. This year, local lad Trevor Hutchinson, ex-Waterboy will be there to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause and make sure there’s plenty of craic and music to enjoy.

Lunasa’s bassist Trevor Hutchinson is of course no stranger to the area being from Cookstown. Trevor, formerly bassist with The Waterboys and Sharon Shannon, teamed up with guitarist Donogh Hennessy in 1996. Since that auspicious beginning, Lunasa has become one of the most sought after bands on the international Celtic music scene. On their first State-side visit word of mouth led to sell-out shows and the New York Times wrote ‘This is the hottest Irish acoustic group in the planet.’ Their cutting edge arrangements and instrumental brilliance make them one of the best Irish traditional bands around.

No strangers to the Irish trad scene in Tyrone, Sligo-based The Unwanted will be joining the line-up. The band is a trio made up of Seamie O’Dowd, Sligo native, fiddle, harmonica and guitar virtuoso and former Dervish member; Sligo-based American harmonica virtuoso Rick Epping; and Dervish singer, Cathy Jordan, regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today.

The group explores the connection between the music of Ireland and America and how generations of cross-pollination has led to a whole new music which has its roots in both sides of the Atlantic. Combining traditions from Ireland to Appalachia, their debut, “Music from the Atlantic Fringe” was released in 2010 to great critical acclaim.

Reforming for this concert is All-Ireland winning Ceilidh band The Torrent, who will play a rousing few sets of tunes which will show they are as vibrant as ever they’ve been.

Tunes 4 Change 2011 will be be held on Wednesday 5 October at 8pm in the Burnavon, Cookstown. Tickets cost £18 and are available at the theatre Box Office, Burn Road; by phone on 028 8676 9949; or online at www.burnavon.com. Previous Tunes 4 Change concerts have sold out in advance so get your tickets early and experience a wonderful night of song and music, in aid of a very worthwhile cause.