A celebration of the life, times and music of the late, great Gene Berrill will take place in The Spirit Store on Friday September 9th.
Gene's signature style of drumming is regarded by many as highly influential. He was a key figure in the Irish music scene, performing with many bands and artists throughout his career including The Nevada Showband, The Toronto Showband, The Farmer's Sons,The Cotton Mill Boys, Ray Lynam, Freddie White,
Errol Walsh, The Harbour Blues Band,
The Smokey Mountain Ramblers, The Merry Mac's and most recently The Long Riders. The trio recorded an album last year entitled 'Long Riders and Friends', featuring collaborations from the north-easts finest artists, proceeds from which, are going to The North Louth Hospice.
On July 17th, during Lily Finnegan's 'Summer Bonanza', in aid of 'Aoibhean's Pink Tie', Gene's family and band-members were presented with a framed photo of Gene, which also contained an aerial shot of a previous, packed-out Long Riders fundraising gig for the charity and a pair of Gene's drumsticks.
'A Tribute to Geno Berrill' will feature a stellar line-up of local artists who were former band-mates and good friends of 'The Smiling Drummer', including The Jackie McAuley Band, The Arsonist Birds, James Humston, Wally McConville and many more.
The event will be compèred by Paddy Mac and Tracey Hanby. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and are on sale now from the The Spirit Store, www.spiritstore.ie, McAteer's Food House, or be bought off Paddy Mac at Dundalk FM.
This is set to be a night full of great music and great memories, surely not to be missed.