Local singer Stewart Agnew's tribute to late father

LOCAL singer/songwriter Stewart Agnew will pay tribute to his father Fra, who passed away at the end of October, with his first headline performance in the Spirit Store in months on Saturday.

LOCAL singer/songwriter Stewart Agnew will pay tribute to his father Fra, who passed away at the end of October, with his first headline performance in the Spirit Store in months on Saturday.

Fra, from Doylesfort Grove in Dowdallshill, was a hugely popular character throughout the town and was best known for his involvement with his local GAA club Dowdallshill and for his work with St Vincent de Paul.

A father of seven, he supported each of his sons in everything they did over the years including Stewart in his music career and he was known to have been immensely proud of his son's performances and songwriting over the years.

Now Stewart is hoping to remember him in style and give a little back to his beloved St Vincent de Paul as well by taking up collections at the gig.

"He was a great man and Saturday night is really a tribute to him.

"St Vincent de Paul will be there on the night with boxes doing a small collection and that's the way dad would have wanted it.

"It'll be a bit sad not to have him there but on the other hand I'm really looking forward to it because it's a long time since I've done a show in the Spirit Store."

Stewart, who hopes to release his long-awaited third album next year, also hopes to give a break to two youngsters he has been working with in a talent competition in Drogheda with 15-year-old Simon O'Driscoll from Ashbourne and Katie Anna Mohan from Drogheda set to provide support for him on the night.

Stewart will be joined on the night by his band, which will include Josh Johnson on piano, Niall Gregory on percussion and Ken Murphy on double bass.

Tickets, priced e12, are on sale for the gig now and are available from the Spirit Store or from www.spiritstore.ie