DUNDALK born singer/songwriters Liam Reilly and Cathy Maguire will both be performing live from the Big Apple on St Patrick’s Day morning, with their performances going out live on RTE Radio One’s John Murray Show from 11am.
Speaking before jetting out to New York on Tuesday morning, Reilly told The Dundalk Democrat that he was looking to his US performance, which came in the middle of a 10 date US tour.
He said: “Cathy lives in New York as well as here and she told someone over there that Bagatelle were going out to the US in March so a guy called Colm Flynn from the John Mooney Show got onto me to see would I do an interview that morning and then sing The Streets of New York.”
While Liam has performed the iconic song all over the world, he admits that this performance came about by pure chance thanks to a random chat with Cathy, who became a child star when she released her debut album aged just 12.
“We co-wrote a couple of songs together and I was in touch with her to see could another artist use one of them on an album and that’s when she found out we were coming over to New York and it all took off from there.
“I’m actually playing in Manhattan on the 16th and I’ve to be at the studio at 5am on St Patrick’s Day morning so I may just stay up.
“I’m looking forward to it but I should be playing Flight of the Earls instead of the Streets of New York because of all the people emigrating,” he said.
Liam will also be accompanying Cathy in a performance that morning on piano but the 29-year-old – who released her latest album last year – has yet to decide on which track she will be performing.
While in America, Liam and his band Bagatelle will be playing 10 dates in Manhattan, Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey, Stamford Conneticut and two nights in Boston.
“I lived in the south in Georgia for a number of years and for a while in Boston as well so it will be good to catch up with a few old friends while I’m over there.
“A lot of songs are very relevant to America such as The Streets of New York, Boston Rose, Bainbridge Avenue and Going Back to Ireland so it should be a good couple of weeks,” he said.
Bagatelle’s current album “Under the Covers” is on sale now and is available on iTunes or from all good record shops.